THIS CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN CLOSED
Team Member: Nikki Tortorella
AnnMarie Parker wrote -
In May of 2013, several teenagers and Nickel A Day Films sat down to discuss making a film. The teens wanted to tell a story about a rarely spoken of topic, yet something close to their hearts. They had recently lost a friend, only 17 years old, to suicide. They had all received a text message saying, “I should have done this a long time ago.” Then he was gone. The friends didn’t have a clue that there was anything wrong. The teen’s suicide seem to have come out of nowhere. Upset with the lack of resources for their friend’s plight and saddened that he was unable to express his pain, they decided to take action.
Seeing a need for outreach and expression, an idea to make a movie about teen suicide was born, “The Hope Defined Project.” Not a documentary, not a PSA, but a creative narrative that allows teens to express themselves creatively while shedding light on the topic of suicide awareness.
After multiple meetings and revisions, we now have a 142 page script. We are ready for lights, camera and action. The suicide prevention film has been cast with local teens and adults from the Dupage County area, just outside of Chicago. Which has the highest suicide rate in the Chicagoland area.
This film, with the help of Nickel a Day Films, will be made by teens. Upon completion we hope to continue our outreach by submitting the film to festivals near and far.
What we need now, to move this important project forward, is you! Your donation could help us spread the word and give our youth the connection and voice they need to find an alternative to suicide.
We will make the most of any donation, big or small. As little as $10 will be put to good use. $100 or more will be put to GREAT use!
No money? No problem! You can help by spreading the word and letting your friends and family know that this vital project is out there and in need of support. Share our CrowdRise on your Facebook or Twitter feed now! You’ll be glad you did.
Suicide should not be a hush word! The rate of teens suicide is on the rise in the US, and this film focuses on awareness and prevention through creative expression. Which we strongly believe is needed to help curb the rate of teen suicide.
We hope with the communities’ support to start a conversation about teen suicide that will make teens and parents alike aware that there are other options to suicide, people to talk to and that you should not worry about judgement. Mental health is nothing to be ashamed of. There is help!
Thanks for your support and we cannot wait to show you the film!