What is life worth? Is it always worth living? And if someone told you they could take all your pain away, would you go along with it?
What if We Told You We Could Take All Your Pain Away?
Everyone has moments in his or her life that they wish could simply be erased from memory -- whether it's the death of a loved one, a broken heart, a failure, bullying, or any of the other countless events that plague us with hardship and heartache. As awful as these events are in our lives, most believe these experiences almost solely define who we are as human beings. But what if all that pain was suddenly taken away?
Welcome to Cheery Point.
Joshua Barrett is in his late 20’s living in the small town of Cheery Point in the year 2017. In this world, citizens of the United States were convinced by their government in the late 1960s to conform to a new welfare program. It stipulated that the newly invented drug "Torpase" was essential for everyday living. Torpase eliminates all psychological and physical pain by delivery of an insulin-like pump on the abdomen, and as a result people simply exist without the need or knowledge of art, religion, or emotional empathy towards each other in any regard. Joshua’s life centers on a habitual workday as a photographer of the deaths of “Springers”, a term society uses for those who do not take Torpase and exhibit sentimentality. The other employees create little more than rudimentary art and are consistently fired and rehired by his manager, Mr. Richards.
However, this is all shattered for Joshua when he is taken hostage by Albert, the last priest of the Roman Catholic Church, who introduces him to a resistance of Springers. Joshua’s negative perception and criticism of this movement diminish as Albert enlightens him to the point of emotional awareness and a fuller understanding of the world around him. His path collides with Becca Reynolds, a young woman who is haunted with an overwhelming need to continue “pasing” to quell her issues with depression, despite her desperate desire to be without. In the mix also is Corey Jenkins, a man with his own perception of what pain can mean in the grand scheme of things that is not always contingent with the well-good of others. It is up to the Springers to demobilize the Torpase factory and restore sentimentality to Cheery Point.
However, more than a society of indifference resists them. The Mayor of Cheery Point, a tired and determined man with an affinity for games, wants all people to be given Torpase as “their medicine” and leads the Torpase Distribution Division (T.D.D.), the government/law enforcement of the town, to keep Cheery Point in a painless state. Not all is as it seems, however, as not one person is inherently bad or good.
The film is framed through the experiences and back-stories of the diverse characters, reminiscent of popular storytelling in shows such as LOST and complex story-driven movies like CRASH. At its heart are the questions we all grapple with in unique ways as humans: What is life worth? Is it always worth living? And if someone told you they could take all your pain away, would you go along with it?
Why We Think Making this Movie is Important:
As the ability of modern medicine and health care technologies increase, there is no telling what kinds of drugs may be issued in the near future and what their effects may be. Could science eventually take away what it means to be human? Are the things that make us human, like emotions and pain, a good or a bad thing? What does it even mean to be human? Through the dedication and inspiration of the entire cast and crew, we hope to explore these questions in depth throughout the film and leave you with a lasting answer to some of these questions, while leaving others up for your own interpretation.
What's Been Done and What Do We Need?
Director Adam Bailey and Producer Kenneth Stevenson have already shot two-thirds of the feature with many resources and locations that were readily available, in locations spanning from Aurora, Ill. to Muncie, Ind. and Louisville, Ky, utilizing a topnotch crew of filmmakers and a cast that is nearly all borderline SAG/AFTRA, All donations made will be wisely budgeted for the last remaining five days of production in Lawrenceburg, Ky-- for the cast and crew's gas, catering, props, then promotional materials, and to send it to larger film festivals. You can certainly keep giving, even after we reach our $1,500 mark so that we can continue to send it to other festivals. Thank you in advance for all your generosity and be sure to follow our exciting journey at:
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Help us promote Cheery Point by posting this Kickstarter page and the teaser videos on Facebook, tweet about them on Twitter, or blog about them! Every little post can help, you'd be amazed at how much exposure we could get if every person who reads this sentence over the next fifteen days created a post somewhere about it! We'd be much obliged!
Cheery Point (2012)- Trailer 1 "Are You Springing?"
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