icon-discover-icon-linkicon-dismiss-keyboard-linkicon-icon-allcategoriesicon-icon-animalsicon-icon-articon-icon-charityicon-icon-checkicon-icon-checkmarkicon-icon-comicicon-icon-communityicon-icon-consoleicon-icon-create-categoryicon-icon-create-durationicon-icon-create-editicon-icon-create-goalicon-icon-create-photoicon-icon-create-storyicon-icon-create-titleicon-icon-danceicon-icon-dashboardicon-icon-designicon-icon-donateicon-icon-downarrowicon-icon-downcarroticon-icon-editicon-icon-educationicon-icon-embedicon-icon-environmenticon-icon-exclamationicon-icon-facebookicon-icon-fashionicon-icon-filmicon-icon-followicon-icon-followingicon-icon-foodicon-icon-gamingicon-icon-goicon-icon-gplusicon-icon-healthicon-icon-helpicon-icon-idOval 8icon-icon-instagramArtboard 1 Copy 52icon-icon-linkicon-icon-linkedinicon-icon-locationicon-icon-lockicon-icon-mailicon-icon-musicicon-icon-outlinedhelpicon-icon-outposticon-icon-personalcauseicon-icon-photographyicon-icon-playbookicon-icon-politicsicon-icon-profileicon-icon-recent-activityicon-icon-religionicon-icon-rightarrowicon-icon-searchicon-icon-smallbusinessicon-icon-sportsicon-icon-technologyicon-icon-theatreicon-icon-todoicon-icon-transmediaicon-icon-tumblricon-icon-twittericon-icon-uparrowicon-icon-upcarroticon-icon-videowebicon-icon-viewicon-icon-websiteicon-icon-writingicon-icon-youtubeArtboard 1Artboard 1Artboard
See All
Plagued by undiagnosed PTSD, an Army officer takes the final steps towards yet another deployment.
Anak Rabanal
Los Angeles
United States
1 Team Member


Please check it out:


Please watch our teaser trailer:


Producer Mark Myers of Citizen Skull Productions has come on board the Dwell Time team.  With almost two decades of production experience, we're so excited to have Mark partner with us to bring this project to life.  For more on Mark, please see his bio below.


Dwell Time is a short film that follows U.S. Army Captain John “Johnny” Mayweather as he goes through the final steps towards another deployment to the front.  Not one to give in to feelings of vulnerability and weakness, he glosses over the personal impact of his wife, Betsy’s, unexpected death and suffers from symptoms of what is clearly PTSD.  

Through Johnny’s journey, we experience the isolation faced by those who are expected to be strong and emotionless in the face of death and loss.  We also address the timely issues of the impact of multiple deployments on individuals and families and the necessity of formulating effective solutions to reintegrate fully soldiers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq -- many of whom suffer from undiagnosed and/or untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Major Depression and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).


In the Spring of 2013, while helping a friend working on an article about veterans struggling with reintegration, Anak started researching the growing problem of PTSD among service personnel and veterans as well as the challenges they and their families face in creating post-war lives together.  In the course of her work, she found that:

  • Nearly one-third of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have contemplated suicide
  • 43% of respondents (out of 4,000 surveyed by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) say they are not seeking mental-health care because of the perceived negative impact on their careers
  • Approximately 22 veterans commit suicide daily.  Last year alone more soldiers died by their own hand than in combat.  
  • About 600,000 veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD, this figure does not include those who have not sought treatment
  • Currently, there is up to a 600 day disability benefits backlog

The troops deployed since October 2001 have seen an historically unprecedented number of deployments and active combat.  The deployments have been longer, redeployment common and the “dwell time” between deployments has been infrequent.  Until 2010, troops could be sent out for 15-month deployments and receive less than 12-months of dwell time.  Currently, the Army has stated that it will shift to a policy of two years at home for every year deployed.

Delving into this research and the stories of soldiers returning to an indifferent economy and a society ill-prepared to deal with the “unseen wounds” of war, compelled me to write Dwell Time – as a way to highlight one of the major social, economic and emotional issues facing Generation X through the Millenials today and to delve into the struggle of a soldier as he redefines himself outside of the context of war. 


To bring this story to life, my team and I are raising funds to cover production and post production costs.  


  • Location Rental and Production Design
  • Equipment Rentals
  • Costume Design and Rentals
  • Props
  • Food and gas for the Cast and Crew


  • Sound Editing, Design and Mix
  • ADR, Foley
  • Color Correction
  • Original scoring and recording
  • Film Festival Submission Fees
  • Poster and Postcard Printing


In return for your donations, we’re offering some great unique perks as well as access to our production process.  Please see the sidebar for details.


We have an amazing Cast and Crew on board who are passionately dedicated to bringing Dwell Time to life: 


HUNTER SEAGROVES – Captain John “Johnny” Mayweather

Hunter Seagroves was born and raised in an Army family (his father is a Green Beret) in Clarksville, Tennessee, about 45 minutes north of Nasvhille. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and moved to Los Angeles in 2010, where he began working with THE STORY PIRATES, leading creative writing workshops in elementary schools and turning the stories into sketch comedy shows for kids and adults. Film and television credits include HOMECOMING, IN TIME, MEDIUM, and I’M NOT A DJ. 

Heather Mazur Headshot

HEATHER MAZURDr. Betsy Hilargi Mayweather

Heather was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. In her hometown, she attended Carnegie Mellon University where she garnered a BFA in musical theater and then received her MFA in acting at the prestigious Yale School of Drama. She toured the country as a tap dancing and singing Ruby Keeler in “Jolson,” a musical about Al Jolson’s life. She has performed in New York City on Broadway and Off and moved to Los Angeles in 2004 to pursue more television and film. You have seen her on many tv shows, including CSI NY and MIAMI, THE MENTALIST, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, CRIMINAL MINDS, the hit MTV comedy AWKWARD, and as “Amy Battaglia” in the tv show spin off of the Oscar winning movie CRASH. Zombie fans will remember her as “Sarah Cooper” in the George Romero remake of the film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. She recently shot the lead in a film entitled A LEADING MAN.

ANDREW LUKICH – Alfred "Al" Mayweather, V, U.S. Army Major, Retired/Co-Producer

Andrew trained at Carnegie Mellon University. He has made several appearances on shows such as DIRT, CSI: MIAMI, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, JAG and movies such as Horrible Bosses. He has also been featured in other media including the video games BLACK DAHLIA and L.A. NOIRE. Andrew was born & raised in Akron, Ohio. He is a devoted fan of all Cleveland sports teams. 


ANAK RABANAL, Writer/Director

Anak was born in Manila, Philippines, grew up in Maryland and graduated from Stone Ridge Country Day School of the Sacred Heart.  Although originally planning to attend West Point, fate brought her to the esteemed Directing Program at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama where she received her BFA with University and College Honors and was an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar. After graduation, she moved to LA and worked for various producers, including Marty Katz and Lee Miller, before relocating to New York.  Immersing herself in her theatre roots, she found herself mentored by the likes of George C. Wolf, Jerry Zaks and Brian Kulich on various on and off Broadway shows.  Eventually, she moved on to a field in which her proficiency for development, research and finance converged -- Private Equity as a researchist and portfolio administrator. Now, she's come full circle and is applying both her business acumen and storytelling skills to dedicate herself fully to her dearest passion -- filmmaking and adapting the works of the classical canon for a contemporary audience.  She recently completed a short, DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE, based on Shakespeare's Hamlet and set in 1928 against the backdrop of the first Wall Street crisis.

MARK MYERS, Producer

Prior to forming Citizen Skull, Mark developed, produced and wrote projects for BRAVO, HGTV, VH1, MTV, Discovery and HBO.  Amongst other projects, he is currently executive producing MOTHER OF THE BRIDE for the Slice Network in Canada and indie feature ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, starring Donald Sutherland, Rosie Perez and Justin Chatwin.  In addition, he has also written over 100 episodes of children's television and scripted the recently released Exit 33.  For more on Mark and Citizen Skull, please check out the Citizen Skull website www.citizenskull.com.

NADIA BAPTISTA, Cinematographer

Nadia Baptista is an up and coming cinematographer from Portugal. She attended both the highly selective Portuguese National Film Conservatory in Lisbon, studying Cinematography, and the historically renowned and respected program at FAMU in Prague. Always one to learn by doing and gaining practical experience, Nadia has spent the intervening years since graduation working as a Camera Assistant both in Europe as well as the United States on countless commercials, short films, features, including the recently completed DEFENDING SANTA, as well as a stint on the television series SPEAKEASY, and is currently pending admission to the local 600 IATSE.  Her work as a cinematographer has yielded several award winning shorts, including MORRER and SITIADOS – both receiving recognition at festivals including Le Festival International du Court Metrage de Clermont-Ferrand.  She is currently based in Los Angeles.

DANIELLE LAUBACH, Production Designer

Danielle Laubach is a Production Designer working on both the east and west coasts.  Passionate about poignant filmic storytelling, Danielle is an avid collaborator serving as Production Designer on various features, shorts, public service announcements, and educational media; while also enjoying work as an Art Director and Set Decorator.  Her work begins with detailed and imaginative textual analysis, then shifting to explorations of photography, art, heightened/ selective realism, domestic accumulation, specificity, and authentic character storytelling to fuel her designs.  Originally from Kansas City, MO, Danielle studied Theatre Design and Technology at Avila University, earning a Bachelors of Fine Arts.  She was drawn to continue her studies at Carnegie Mellon University, earning a Masters of Fine Arts in Scenic Design and the George Kimberly Award for Scenic Design.  She recently completed the production design on two features, HOMEMAKERS and ROVER.


Sarah Roberts is a composer, singer-songwriter, sound designer, and actor, and is thrilled to be a part of this project! Sarah has composed music for films, most recently THE CALLBACK, which will debut at the HollyShorts Film Festival in August 2013. As a singer-songwriter, she performs with her band, Ladies Gun Club, and as a solo artist. Sarah is currently finishing her next record, which will be released in the fall of 2013. She has sound designed for Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre, Stray Cat Theatre Company, Partners That Heal, and Benchtop Creative. Sarah has also worked as an actor in films with HBO, BBC, and Third Floor Productions, and in regional theatres including San Jose Rep, Theatreworks, Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre, Alliance Theatre, and Southwest Shakespeare.  She has toured to France, England and Russia and has participated in the New York Fringe Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival. She received her B.F.A. in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and currently lives in Los Angeles. You can find out more about her work at sarahrobertsmusic.com.


Your contribution to Dwell Time will help bring to life a story that has the potential to have a great emotional and social impact for an audience looking to have their experiences of life after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan realized on screen.  You’ll also be facilitating an intensely talented, dedicated and passionate group of artists and technicians to invest their time and efforts in the kind of unique storytelling that doesn’t come along every day.  


If you can’t contribute today, you can still help make Dwell Time a reality:

  1. Share our Dwell Time Indiegogo campaign on your Facebook wall!
  2. Like us on Facebook at:  www.facebook.com/dwelltime2013
  3. Tweet about Dwell Time at twitter.com/DwellTime2013

Also, we are seeking project sponsors and production partnerships.  If you have any suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: DwellTime2013@firebrandinthedark.com


Find This Campaign On
raised by 50 people in 30 days
12% funded
No time left
$25,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on September 6, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $1USD
    Thank you!

    Thank you for supporting us! Your name will get a shout out on our Facebook page and Twitter.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $10USD
    Special Thanks!

    All of the above and your name will appear under the "Special Thanks" in the end credits of the film.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $25USD
    Dwell Time Original Score

    All of the above and a digital download of our original score.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $25USD
    Listen and Read

    All of the above, a digital download of our original score and an e-copy of Phyllis Zimbler Miller's "Solomon's Justice: A PTSD Short Story".

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $50USD
    See it first.

    All of the above, exclusive streaming access to the short film on the day it premiers and donor only digital access to behind the scenes photos and videos throughout the shoot and post production.

    13 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $75USD
    Start the journey with us.

    All of the above and exclusive digital access to the streaming video of the script read through and Q&A and a "Dwell Time" poster signed by the Cast and Crew.

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $100USD
    Access the plan.

    All of the above, a limited edition, mounted full color reproduction of the mood/image board used by the director, DP and designers to create the look and feel of the short and a production still signed by the Cast and Crew.

    6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $250USD
    Come play with us!

    All of the above, Associate Producer credit and and invitation for you and a guest to attend the Wrap Party with the Cast and Crew (travel and accommodation not included).

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $500USD
    Attend the Premier

    All of the above and 2 tickets to the LA Premier and VIP After Party (travel and accommodation not included).

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Post Production Session

    All of the above, Executive Producer Credit and attend a post-production session in the editing suite with Writer/Director Anak Rabanal (travel and accommodation not included).

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $2,500USD
    Visit us on set.

    All of the above and an invitation to visit the set to meet the Cast and Crew and watch a scene get set up and shot (travel and accommodation not included).

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $5,000USD
    Join us on the road.

    All of the above plus you will be our special guest to a festival screening of the film (travel and accommodation not included).

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
Do you think this campaign contains prohibited content? Let us know.