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Homemade is a feature length documentary about a Force Recon Marine and his family after he returns from combat with hidden wounds.
Homemade is a feature length documentary about a Force Recon Marine and his family after he returns from combat with hidden wounds.
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Homemade is an intimate story spanning over six-years with decorated Force Reconnaissance Marine Adam Sorensen as he navigates life after combat and the effects of Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, and addiction on his marriage, family and work.  Durational and unflinching - Homemade is a story of resilience that exposes the challenge of transition from combat to civilian life and ignites a crucial conversation about caring for our returning veterans and their families.

The film also reveals the challenges for Victoria, Adam's now ex-wife, and how the stress of hidden wounds, medical comorbidities and transition effect both military service member and their caregiver, spouse and family.

We are developing a comprehensive impact campaign to raise awareness about the resources available to service members, their families and the successes of integrative health care.

Filmmakers Jason Maris and Danielle Bernstein, with the help of friends, family and the Creative Visions Foundation, have primarily self funded the entire film from development to post production, and now we need some help from you! This is why...


POST PRODUCTION:

We just finished our FINAL FILM SHOOT with Adam Sorensen and need to EDIT EDIT EDIT !!!!

Six years in the making and we are calling it a wrap! These funds will help us cover our edit suite, assistant editors, transcription services, story consultants and the editor!

We decided to film Adam one more time since Adam is one year out of retirement from the USMC, and he's doing really well. Adam is training regularly, exploring the great outdoors, off most medications, re-married and taking classes. We had originally decided to stop filming after his retirement from the Marine Corps, but his growth and pursuit of wellness is too amazing to leave out of the story. 

We currently have a 90 minute rough cut of the film and with these final funds we will be able to sit down and bring Homemade across the finish line, complete with music, sound design and color correction. We will then be able to submit to film festivals and premiere in the Fall of 2018! 

We have an amazing post production team including the talented musician Shannon Wright (who just had a feature film score at Cannes) and sound design and sweetening masters One Thousand Birds. We can't wait to get back into the studio with our final cut this summer!

More about Danielle and Jason:

Danielle & Jason are a husband and wife filmmaker team based in Atlanta Ga. With several industry awards under their belts, their mission is making content that enriches communities, inspires dialog and increases empathy among viewers.

Danielle & Jason at the ATL Film Festival
Danielle & Jason at the ATL Film Festival

 JASON MARIS, Director/DP: 

Jason Maris is from the Chicagoland area and moved to Atlanta in 1993. He is a freelance editorial, commercial filmmaker and photographer with over twenty years of experience in the industry. He most recently worked on the award-winning feature length documentary Imba Means Sing as the Director of Photography.

Jason has worked with JWT, the advertising agency for the United States Marine Corps, as a recruitment photographer since 1994. His images are featured nationally on billboards, posters and in books and brochures, as well as on the web. Over 600,000 men and women have enlisted in the Marines since Jasonʼs photographs have been in circulation, because of this, he feels a tremendous responsibility to every Marine.

After 9/11, he volunteered his time on awareness building campaigns for The Bob Woodruff Foundation and Travis Manion Foundation. These experiences clarified that a greater understanding of the post combat landscape was extremely important to him.

Jason set out, with the help of partner, Danielle Bernstein, to make a durational movie illustrating the ambiguous nature of Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury through the eyes of a family.

Danielle & Jason with Adam
Danielle & Jason with Adam

DANIELLE BERNSTEIN, Producer/Editor/Co-Director: 

Danielle Bernstein is an award winning filmmaker and the founder of Clear Films Productions. Danielle's mission is to positively influence the community around her one film at a time. Most recently, she directed and edited the award-winning feature length documentary Imba Means Sing. In December 2015, Imba was released in 37 languages, in over 100 countries and screened at the United Nations.

Her directorial debut, When Clouds Clear, attended over 50 film festivals and was the recipient of numerous awards. Danielle has earned an INDIEFest Award of Excellence for Women Filmmakers, Cine Golden Eagle Award, Accolade Award, the New York State Council of the Arts Grant, among many others. She has served on numerous panels and was honored to serve as a Juror for the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival Documentary Competition. She currently leads the Atlanta Chapter of Film Fatales, a national network of women directors and is a member of Nexus. Outside of her media endeavors, Danielle is a mother of two (soon 3) little girls, on the Board of the Community Farmers Market, and loves spending time with her family exploring nature.

Risks and challenges

Our over all challenge has been funding the project, but after 6 years of filming and editing we are fully committed to seeing this project through.

We have been developing an amazing impact campaign to compliment the release of the film and the entire film team is looking forward to making a difference in the lives of those struggling with some of the issues addressed in the film.

One huge benefit of meeting our Kickstarter goals is that with this financial help we will be able to meet our proposed timelines for release.

We have identified with industry leaders and our non-profit partners that an ideal premiere would be in the Fall of 2018, raising awareness around Veterans Day (November) and continuing to hold Film Festival & community screenings throughout 2019.

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