Welcome to FACE OF DARKNESS
FACE OF DARKNESS is a documentary created to start a dialogue.
Most African American's struggling with mental illnesses, like depression, do NOT discuss what they are feeling. We want to get people talking about the issue of mental health that plagues the black community. Our objective is simple; to raise awareness of depression in African American males, discuss the detriments of not treating it, as well as the benefits of treatment. We hope that by exposing the illness in an artistic fashion, the African American community will not only be enlightened, but they will learn how to recognize and seek help for themselves or loved ones and prevent suicide.
Why Depression, Why African American Males, Why NOW?As an African American male, I was taught that a man could not express his feelings and never to cry. There is a stigma in my community that prevents males from sharing emotions, hugging or admitting that we are afraid. Depression runs deep within the African American male community and has become a plague that is causing so much suffering, even death. My motivation for FACE OF DARKNESS stemmed directly from my experience with depression and grieving for a close friend, Lee Thompson Young, who committed suicide due to his depression. The objective of this documentary is to shine a light from the African American male perspective. However, I hope this light shines on depression in its entirety. I hope to start a conversation that will build momentum behind a movement that is already happening, and allow the healing to begin.
~KT Nelson (Producer/Director)
Most recently, I learned that a very close relative of mine had been thinking suicidal thoughts. The last few weeks have been spent, seeking the right mental health specialist for him to talk to, keeping my phone lines open for instant communication, sending scriptures, uplifting texts, helping him to put action plans in place when he felt overwhelmed with thoughts, constant prayer, and yes, worry. As a filmmaker, my objective has always been to create bodies of work that explore current social issues and to produce socially conscious works that address issues specifically in the African American community that will invoke discussion for the greater good and provide an outlet for issues that are plaguing African Americans. My objective for Face of Darkness is to present the world with a fresh, unrepentant perspective from an authentic, creative and educational view-point. I want to highlight stories told through truth, addressing perplexing relationships and the impact they have on the people closest to them. I am ultimately hoping to uplift and empower the African American community by highlighting the stories of these men that are similar to those of every day people like them; like my family member. I hope this helps.
~Squeaky Moore (Producer/Director)
The PLANOur plan is to continue filming in May. We have been in pre-production for the last few months doing extensive research for this project. Assembling a crew, a team of experts, authors, and scholars, as well as, people who are afflicted by the illness, and their families. We are also applying for grants in addition to this campaign. All funds raised will go directly and immediately into use for this project!
FACE OF DARKNESS Documentary
COST BREAKDOWNHow Your Contribution Will Help
Your money will go towards:
- Pre-production cost
Funding further key interviews in the US with celebrities, athletes, and key experts
Production costs will include crew, equipment, consultation fees, travel and transportation
Post-production: Editing, marketing, artwork
Funding selected music clearances
Funding selected archive research for News and film/tv clearances for FACE OF DARKNESS.
WHAT DID MICHAEL JACKSON,
LEE THOMPSON, CHRIS LIGHTY, &
DON CORNELIUS ALL HAVE IN COMMON?Pain. With the recent suicide deaths of friend and actor Lee Thompson, and Hampton's Yusuf Neville, we are more passionate than ever to get this project done soon. The men above could be your sons, brothers, fathers and uncles. We want to help end the rising suicide rates in African American males. In the FACE OF DARKNESS documentary, we hope to explore the
growing epidemic of suicide amongst its male population, minimize the
stigma, and expose the aftermath of when depression is not treated. We are attempting not only to spread the word but gain support around the world.
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