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Are you lonely, despite being surrounded by "friends"? This film will hold up a mirror to our society's behavior today, to inspire truth, connection and vulnerability once again.
The allure and power of Facebook is the way it enables us to be social while sparing us all the embarrassing realities of society— the unanticipated revelations we make at parties, the uncomfortable pauses, and the spilled drinks etc. Instead, we have the ease and efficiency of a seemingly well-oiled, social machine.
But at what cost?
On Christmas Day 2010, Simone Back, a depressed charity worker killed herself as Facebook users mocked a suicide note she left as her final status update, that read: "Took all my pills be dead soon so bye bye every one." Facebook "friends" of Simone Back responded with cruel messages. One user replied calling her a liar who "overdoses all the time" while another said it was "her choice."
More than half of Facebook users (and one out of every 13 people on Earth is a Facebook user) log on every day. Nearly half 18-to-34-year-olds check Facebook minutes after waking up, and 28% do so before getting out of bed. Facebook never takes a break. We never take a break. Simone Back died as her "friends" were mocking and laughing at her Facebook status. Some of whom lived within walking distance of her house.
It makes you wonder if these people would be so bold as to repeat their words to the faces of Simone's parents. I highly doubt it. It’s so easy to bravely voice one’s opinion while hiding behind the shield of a computer screen. When did human beings decide to stop caring about each other? What kind of world are we creating for our future generations? When are we going to wake up and realize that we are all human beings, we are all here together, and we are all imperfect?
This film will address the desolate human disconnection that we self-generate with the fear of not being "perfect" or "normal" in society. When it's actually the imperfections that make us human... and vulnerable... and beautiful.
A Facebook or Twitter connection is not the same as a bond. But loneliness is something that social media is not doing to us. We are doing it to ourselves. At the end of the day, we make the decisions about how we use the machines in our lives, and not the other way around. Every time we shop at the local grocery store, we are faced with a choice — we can buy our groceries from a machine or we can buy our groceries from a human being? Which do you choose?
We need to start to choose love and defy fear.
In the face of adversity will we stand up and allow ourselves to do what we need to, no matter what others may say or do. If you donate to this project you are not only helping me make this film but you are helping to spread a message to the world that will inspire vulnerability and human connection once again. We will send this message together. Will you take a stand with me?
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS It's easy! all you have to do is sign up for a free accounts with Kickstarter & Amazon, give any amount you can, and claim your reward. Your donation amount will not be publicly displayed, and we receive your funds only if we meet our full $10,000 goal. If we don't reach our goal, your debit/credit cards don't get charged. If you’d rather not claim a reward, you’re welcome just to donate, and if you’d like to increase your donation at any point during the campaign, just sign in, come back to this page, and click the blue “Manage Your Donation” button to enter a new amount or choose a new incentive.
10% of all money raised will be donated to SAVE- Suicide Awareness of Voices Education, if the $30,000 target is reached or surpassed.
I will also host a 'Let's Talk About It' event for the backers and everyone involved in the project, to help raise awareness and understanding within our communities. For more information, visit www.save.org
“You cannot solve a problem from the same consciousness that created it. You must learn to see the world anew.” ― Albert Einstein
"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." ― Joseph Campbell
"We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."
― Joseph Campbell
“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― Mark Twain
I’d like to thank Dexter Britain for the use of his song “Auld Lang Syne” in my video, and Bert Rotundo for always being there for me, even through the most trying circumstances.
Risks and challenges
As an actress, I’m used to being in front of the camera, but this will be my first project working both behind and in front of the camera.
As filmmaking is a whole new journey for me, I think the risks and challenges that arise are precious gifts. Because with each crisis averted, I learn a new lesson that I didn’t know before. I look forward to embracing this process as a pivotal experience in my artistic evolution.
“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” ― Jimmy Dean
We will thank you on the campaign web page, plus send us your photo and we will include you in a huge mosaic in our end credits, showing everyone who contributed to help make ’Take the Reins’ a reality. All above rewards included.
AUTOGRAPHED SCREENPLAY! Get a copy of the screenplay signed by Writer/Producer, Emma Barrett, with a personal message to you or anyone you choose. Includes Blu-ray (or DVD), and HD digital download. All rewards above included.
OWN A PIECE OF THE FILM! Keep everything in sync with an authentic slate (clapper board) that was used on set during production of the film. The slate will have the actual details from the last scene in the film that it was used on and will be signed by the Director and the Writer/Producer.
SKYPE VIDEO CHAT WITH EMMA!
Live 45 minute video chat with Writer/Producer/Lead Actress, Emma Barrett. This is your chance to ask all of your burning questions about ’Take the Reins’ or any of her upcoming projects. The video chat can also be held with an entire classroom of students. All rewards above are included.
EMMA’S PHOTOGRAPHY WORK! Choose 3 photographs from her collection that will be printed, framed and shipped to you. Plus an Executive Producer credit on IMDB and VIP tickets to premiere party. All rewards above included.
PRODUCER CREDIT ON IMDB! Plus a one-on-one lunch or dinner in Los Angeles with Emma Barrett, the Writer/Producer/Lead Actress of the film. Plus, a small speaking part in the film (travel/lodging expenses not included). You’ll also receive two VIP tickets to premiere party and all of the above rewards.