Note: If we do not meet our goal by December 19th at 1pm EST we will not receive any money( Per Kick Starter rules) and unfortunately the film most likely will have to be shelved.
Experience: The Truth The Healing The Hope
“This film has the power to be the pivotal tipping point in awareness and action for those suffering with PTSD.”
-Cynthia Simon Arndt - Behavioral Health Researcher -Mental Health Stigma Reduction Expert
YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/comingbackfromwar
“Searching for Home: Coming Back from War” chronicles the journey from battlefront to homefront. From World War II, Korea and Vietnam to modern day conflicts, “Searching for Home” tells the personal story of the veterans search for the “home” they left behind, physically, mentally and spiritually. Told by the veteran's own words, “Searching for Home” will capture the struggles and successes of the men and women that have left home, only to return to new and difficult challenges as profoundly changed people.
“I respect Eric Christiansen's ability to connect with his subjects
in the interview process and get sensitive, personal stories no one else has heard." -Jeremy P. Crosby Psy. D. – Psychologist, Author of a “A Mind Frozen in Time:
A PTSD Recovery Guide”
Using his gift for connecting with his subjects on sensitive matters, Eric Christiansen plans on getting the "inside story". A story so personal and emotional that Searching for Home Coming Back from War will be a film that evokes not only emotion, but also empathy. Through interviews and stunning footage on the ground, Searching for Home, will show THE TRUTH of what happened to these brave men and women. But unlike "the mainstream media" we will not stop there. The Searching for Home camera crews will be there in that cathartic moment when the subjects realize they "need help" and THE HEALING begins. We will also tell the story of THE HOPE. The passing on the "healing torch" from vets of one generation to the next generation. We will be there as the aging Vietnam vets puts his hand on the shoulder of the returning Iraq vet starting a cycle of healing and a passing on of hope. Using the teams Emmy Award winning talents, Searching for Home, will use sensitive, in-depth interviews, award winning cinematography, and the highest quality of storytelling to portray a triumphal vision of the human spirit.
"SFH hits home. I saw myself in their stories. Now I know that I’m not alone and I see great hope of recovery. -Army Veteran, 2006-‐2008 Iraq 245th Engineers - After viewing "Long-form SFH Trailer"
"Eric Christiansen’s surpassingly worthy and touching film”
- Anita Gates, New York Times - Review of Eric Christiansen's film,"Homecoming: A Vietnam Vets Journey"
A History of Healing…
From Entertainment to Clinical Use - A Film That Keeps On Giving...
Eric Christiansen and his
team have a long history of “healing” films. From the “Emmy Award-winning, Faces in the Fire in 1991 to “Homecoming: A Vietnam Vets Journey”. Faces in the Fire is still used today, twenty years later, by the National Institute of Mental
Health to educate disaster workers and comfort survivors. The New York Times called Homecoming: A
Vietnam Vets Journey a “surpassingly worthy and touching”, film, it is still used
today by mental health professionals in working with those with PTSD and
educating counselors and care providers. Eric Christiansen’s films have a history
of evolving entertainment to clinical use – Providing years and years of
"Eric Christiansen is a film maker whose work I have known
for many years. He tells stories from his heart using the tools that
come from his intelligence and his great abilities with the craft."
-Anthony Edwards, Executive Producer “Searching for Home”
Through generous donations
from family, friends and concerned vets we were able to produce a trailer and a
“long-form” preview. While that got us started, that footage accounts for
less than a quarter of the film.
We are now on Kick Starter to get your help! This is a labor of love, we have been involved in the process of getting this film made for over four years now. It is time to finish this film. So we take it to you "the people who care"...
If the Kick Starter funding is successful, our plan is to shoot over the next 3 months with post to be completed in the fourth and fifth months. Our projected delivery is approximately June 2013. We
will produce a feature length film. Contingent on funding levels we will then pursue a film festival and
theatrical run. We then anticipate a successful run on public television, highlighted by special showings on Veteran's day, Memorial day and the Fourth of July. Our previous film, Homecoming: A Vietnam Vets Journey was very successful
on public television.
"Homecoming" garnered very good
8 out of 10 of the Top 10 DMAs! (Designated
14 out of 20 of the top 20 DMAs! (Designated
Television anticipates an even greater response to Searching for Home:
Coming Back from War:
“We anticipate a positive response to Searching
for Home based
on the proposed series content, as well as upon the strength of EC Production’s
previous program, Homecoming: A Vietnam Vet's Journey, and the support it
received from stations.”
-Christopher Funkhouser -Vice-President, Exchange Programming /
American Public Television
What happens if we do not make our goal?
We get nothing. If we do not reach our goal Kick Starter does not pay
out. We are back to square one. We have been trying to get this film off
the ground for over four years. We have done everything to get this
budget down and still deliver a film that is representative of its
subject. Please make sure we reach our goal and possibly exceed it.
Can I become a producer or an executive producer?
Definitely – If you or an organization would like to make a larger
contribution to the film we would love to work with you. Contact us at:
Can I forego my reward?
Yes! Just simply check the box stating you would like to
forego your reward. Thank you! This maximizes the value of your support.
Can I Donate anonymously?
You can… Indicated donation levels come with a screen
credit. We will always ask before putting anybodies name on the screen.
You can decline at that time.
CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?
Please – That would be incredible. We have boiled this budget down to
the shear necessities. More funds enable to make a better film! And
reach wider audience with the film.
Feel free to contact us at:
Anthony Edwards - Executive Producer
An accomplished actor, Anthony Edwards is known as Dr. Mark Greene on the hit series ER and for his memorable turn as "Goose" in the blockbuster feature Top Gun. Edwards has received four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, won three Screen Actor's Guild Awards (Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series in 1996 and Best Ensemble Cast in 1998 and 1999.) He won the Golden Globe Award in 1998. He has received two Emmy Awards as Executive Producer one for the Outstanding Children’s Special ,“My Louisiana Sky.” And another as executive producer on HBO films critically acclaimed Temple Grandin. Edwards will next be in the new ABC series, “Zero Hour.” In addition, theatrically, he was in Rob Reiner’s new film Flipped and can be seen in Motherhood with Uma Thurman and Zodiac, directed by David Fincher. Other recent credits include Thunderbirds for Universal, the Polish brothers’ Northfork for Paramount Classics and Don't Go Breaking My Heart, which he executive produced in association with his production company. The company also produced the NBC telefilm, Borderline, starring Sherry Stringfeld. Edwards also served as producer for the feature, Die Mommy Die. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA, Edwards is the youngest of 5 children. Edwards is currently philanthropically involved with Shoe4Africa (shoe4africa.org), a charity that is building a children’s hospital in Kenya.
Eric Christiansen - Director/Editor
director, Eric Christiansen, is a recognized chronicler of loss, grief
recovery and the complexities facing returning veterans. Eric produced
and directed the Emmy-honored film Faces in the Fire, an up-close
depiction of survivors’ recoveries following disaster. His critically
acclaimed film, Homecoming: A Vietnam Vets Journey, tells a story of
healing 35 years in the making. The New York Times called it, “a
surpassingly worthy and touching film.” Eric’s work for public
television work includes shows underwritten by AT&T, Staples, and
the critically acclaimed Photographing America underwritten by Fuji
Film. He has also edited/post-supervised programs for TLC (The Learning
Channel) and The Discovery Channel. Eric also served as editor and
post-production supervisor for the 70mm Imax feature film “The Greatest
Places” Cinemania Online wrote "...intelligent and at times visionary,
editing decisions." As a commercial director, Eric produced all national
television spots for Rembrandt Toothpaste through its successful sale
in 2008. Commercial clients include: Atlantic Records, Ogilvy &
Mather, and Grey Advertising. Eric is a Seven-time Southwestern Region
Emmy Award recipient, Eric also received an International Monitor Award
for Best Director and Silver and a Gold Award from the Houston
International Film Festival. For more info www.ecproductions.com.
Bruce Spears - Producer
Over the last 20 years Bruce Spears has produced and assistant directed music videos, commercials, feature and documentary films; managing multi-million dollar production and post-production budgets in over 25 countries. In 2002 Bruce worked with Mr. Christiansen to produce and assistant direct portions of Homecoming: A Vietnam Vet's Journey. In addition he and Eric produced a string of highly successful national television spots for Rembrandt toothpaste through Christiansen's EC Productions. Bruce is currently Producing "Searching For Home, Coming Back From War". He has been on the team from day one and is a committed team member and advocate for this very important and needed project.
Jeremy Crosby Psy. D.- Clinical Consultant
Dr. Jeremy P. Crosby specializes in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and earned his degree in Clinical Psychology from Indiana State University. He received specialized training in the treatment of PTSD and trauma-related disorders at the VA Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Crosby actively teaches and provides clinical training to students, serving as an adjunct instructor at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. In 2008, Dr. Crosby’s first book was published, titled A Mind Frozen in Time: A PTSD Recovery Guide. It is a guide to recovery from PTSD that’s utilized by clinicians and patients alike in treatment clinics throughout the United States and the world. “A Mind Frozen in Time” details symptoms, coping skills, and healing actions for individuals who are struggling with psychological trauma. Former US Senator and veterans advocate, Max Cleland said of the book, "The principles in this book...should be read and absorbed by everyone who has been to war." Although originally intended for military veterans and their families, the PTSD themes and principles utilized apply to most types of traumatic experiences and their effects and is widely used as a resource. Today, Dr. Crosby is a popular speaker, teacher and seminar leader on PTSD and trauma-related conditions for both professional and lay audiences.
We Need Your Help
For the last four years we
have presented this film to major outlets and underwriters. While recognizing
the need for the film and beautiful way the story is told we were not able to
secure funding for this important endeavor. Undaunted we take this to you, the
people that really understand the need for this film. Please donate what you can to make this
Risks and challenges
We have been in development and production of this project for over four years. It is a very well thought out and mature project. We have our locations set, we know the veteran’s and others we will interview. We have a major star attached as Executive Producer. Because of our 30 years of industry experience in Los Angeles, we have working relationships with the most respected vendors in the industry.
Our main challenge thus far has been in securing funding; which we hope this Kickstarter campaign will alleviate. As time goes on Our WWII and Korean war veterans are aging. We need funding now so we can document their vast experiences, wisdom and stories of returning home for this important film.
We are confident that we will deliver a powerful and beautiful documentary but we need your help. Won’t you please help insure that these stories are captured for our film by donating now? Your contribution will make a profound difference in making this film a reality.
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