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African American men chronicle their struggles while battling depression as well as the struggle to overcome it or be over taken by it.
New York, New York
United States
4 Team Members


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)


Our 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!



How Your Contribution Will Help

Your money will go towards:

  1. Pre-production cost

  2. Funding further key interviews in the US with celebrities, athletes, and key experts

  3. Production costs will include crew, equipment, consultation fees, travel and transportation

  4. Post-production: Editing, marketing, artwork

  5. Funding selected music clearances

  6. Funding selected archive research for News and film/tv clearances for FACE OF DARKNESS.




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. 



If you can’t contribute, that doesn’t mean you can’t help:
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  • $5USD

    Our sincerest gratitude for helping us start a dialogue about this taboo topic and a guaranteed high-five whenever and wherever we see you.

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  • $25USD

    Welcome to the journey!  When you support us with $25 or more, you’ll get your name in the official credits as a massive thanks for taking a leap of faith and helping fund our project.  All who sees this documentary will know that you are participating in a campaign to stop the stigma that has been placed on mental illness and you accepting the fact that DEPRESSION is actually a medical problem.   • High-five of happiness

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  • $50USD

    I SUPPORT DEPRESSION AWARENESS:SOCIAL PACK: We will shout you out on Facebook and Twitter for supporting depression awareness and this documentary. • High-five of happiness • Stop the Stigma

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  • $75USD

    Support Depression Awareness A signed thank you note from KT Nelson, Squeaky Moore, and our mental health experts on an exclusive FACE OF DARKNESS postcard.  • High-five of happiness • Stop the Stigma • Social Pack

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  • $100USD
    Behind the scenes:

    You will receive email updates during the campaign from the producers about the "FACE OF DARKNESS documentary that will include behind-the-scenes news, videos, and photos as we document the journey to healing!  • High-five of happiness • Stop the Stigma • Social Pack • Postcard

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  • $150USD
    "Journey to Healing" poster:

    Signed, sealed, and delivered to you.  There is a difference between coping and healing, and we believe there are many methods for healing mental illness; specifically DEPRESSION.  This documentary poster represents "putting away with" enduring the pain, and striving for "Healing" and "Wholeness". • High-five of happiness • Stop the Stigma • Social Pack • Behind the scenes

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  • $200USD

    A personal "Thank You" and video dedication to you from the producers and the men in this film who share their stories.  They will make sure to thank you for helping them through their journey. • High-five of happiness • Stop the Stigma • Social Pack • Behind the scenes • Journey to healing poster

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  • $300USD

    A Skype call to thank you personally. Ask us about our experiences while filming. A .pdf copy of "WHAT WORKED FOR ME". It is our personal action plans during our personal struggles with depression and what we used to get us through. • High-five of happiness • Stop the Stigma • Social Pack • Behind the scenes • Journey to healing poster • Just a phone call away

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  • $500USD
    "BREAKTHROUGH" - Soundtrack:

    Be the first to hear the documentaries soundtrack before it's released!  Filled with diversity, this soundtrack will feature music that tells an unapologetic truth, and is filled with inspiration.  This soundtrack will feature urban contemporary music from various artist with genre's including Hip-hop, R & B, Contemporary gospel, and spoken word.   • High-five of happiness • Stop the Stigma • Social Pack • Behind the scenes • Journey to healing poster • Just a phone call away

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  • $750USD
    Journey to Healing Package:

    A digital download of the movie the same week of the film's release! Receive a signed copy of "Black Pain", by Author and mental health specialist Terrie Williams.  A .pdf copy of our "production diary", complete with exclusive content during filming, treatment, research, and notes.   A "Journey to Healing T-shirt". • High-five of happiness • Stop the Stigma • Social Pack • Behind the scenes • Journey to healing poster • Just a phone call away • BREAKTHROUGH soundtrack

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  • $1,000USD

    Signed OFFICIAL DVD & movie poster following the film’s release. A copy of the DVD with bonus uncut footage not available with the digital download.   ADD $10 FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING. You & a guest are invited to the Private Screening.  An "I survived Depression" T-shirt.   • High-five of happiness • Stop the Stigma • Social Pack • Behind the scenes • Journey to healing poster • Just a phone call away • The "BREAKTHROUGH" soundtrack 

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  • $2,000USD

    Have dinner with the producers and Mental Health experts.  This reward is for you and your guest to spend some time with us before the New York private screening.  A PRE PARTY and a Q & A. • High-five of happiness • Stop the Stigma • Social Pack • Behind the scenes • Journey to healing poster • Just a phone call away • The "BREAKTHROUGH" soundtrack  • 2 Tickets to the FACE OF DARKNESS "SURVIVED" AFTER PARTY (Travel and accommodations are not included).

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  • $5,000USD

    Your logo in the end credits as a sponsor and we will work with you to put your logo or brand in the documentary where appropriate.  Please message us first if you are considering this. Includes all previous non-limited rewards.

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  • $10,000USD

    Open door invitation to drop by and observe during any aspect of production.  Includes one of everything.

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