The Feature Film
Based on a true story of a family's struggle when their son returns from the military and faces the onset of schizophrenia. The video above really says it all and we encourage you to take a look at what this film means to so many people across the U.S. As Dustin, the person upon whom this film's story is based, says in the video, the aim of this film is to share a story to help promote understanding and "a little bit more humanity in this world."
The film itself tells the story of a young Veteran who returns from the military to help take care of his mother who is battling ovarian cancer. Once she begins to recover, the son goes to college to try to make a better life for him and his family. Only weeks after starting college, he begins to experience symptoms of the onset of schizophrenia. His friends and family become witnesses to his mental and emotional demise, becoming increasingly alienated from him until a crisis forces his closest friends and those in his family to take sides.
WATCH THE SHORT FILM "MY ONLY SON" HERE:
We made this short film with the help of dozens of supporters and with a budget of about $6,000, but the short doesn't and couldn't tell the whole story.
The feature script is complete and we have begun pre-production, working as a production team on outreach, casting and other early essential elements. Production is set to begin Winter 2013/2014, but we can't do it without you!
Join the Movement: "be. humanity"
Support at all levels is crucial to making this film. The budget for the short was a fraction of the cost of a feature film, but it's just as possible. To make this film, we need mass support and there are many ways and levels you can get involved. My Only Son, the short film that began telling the story that this feature is based on, was produced with the support of only 44 donors, with most donations less than $40. Those 44 donors made it possible to begin telling this incredible story. With a donation of only $10, you can add your video to this page and YouTube, sharing how you or those you love have been affected by mental illness or just what the message of this film means to you in general.*
We also have a couple gifts for donors that help share the message of this film and what it means. With a larger contribution of $50 or $60, we'll send you the "be.humanity" tote/grocery bag or the "be.humanity" t-shirt!
There are three budgets to make this film: an ultra-low budget, middle budget and high budget. Our goal here, $107,000, is the minimum it will take to make this film at the ultra-low budget. It's possible and there are many different ways to get to that goal, but your support here is critical!
Why This Film?
There are a lot of big-budget films about war, but there are too few films about veterans coming home from war. The military is a part of the true story and elements of the military experience arose during the onset of schizophrenia, but this is a story about coming home.
Jonathan was still an MFA student when he produced the short My Only Son and it received media coverage from The Huffington Post, BroadwayWorld.com, and The Georgetown Dish. It is currently in consideration at festivals and will be released online, but the short could not tell the whole story. The true story the feature captures takes place over about a one-year period and the short film captures about three weeks of that time.
It's a story we can all connect to in some way - the story of a child coming into adulthood who seeks understanding and his parents and their struggle to understand - but the circumstances are heightened to the extreme, and as a result, relationships crumble and a support system is lost when it is needed most.
You heard in the video why people donated. Tell why you donated, share your story and help make this film a reality!
Can't Donate Now? You Can Still Help!
If you can't contribute financially right now, you can still be a part of this campaign and we need you! To make this film, we need to reach thousands of people. Fast. You can help by:
You can also email us anytime at email@example.com!
And most important... share with friends, family and anyone you know who might be interested in the film!
Thank you all for your support! Together, we can inspire a little more humanity in the world and "be. humanity".
*All videos submitted by supporters must be approved and posted by the Light Wounds team. Videos cannot contain anything that might be found derogatory or objectionable.
Dusty Dreams Productions