WE LAUNCHED OUR NEW CAMPAIGN!
DWELL TIME TEASER TRAILER:
Please watch our teaser trailer:
***CITIZEN SKULL JOINS THE TEAM***
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.
ABOUT “DWELL TIME”
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).
WHY "DWELL TIME" NOW?
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.
WHAT WE NEED
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
- Food and gas for the Cast and Crew
POST PRODUCTION COSTS
- Sound Editing, Design and Mix
- ADR, Foley
- Color Correction
- Original scoring and recording
- Film Festival Submission Fees
- Poster and Postcard Printing
WHAT YOU GET
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 – Dr. 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, Composer
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.
OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP
If you can’t contribute today, you can still help make Dwell Time a reality:
- Share our Dwell Time Indiegogo campaign on your Facebook wall!
- Like us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/dwelltime2013
- 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