TAKE THE REINS [a film project]
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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
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- 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,
“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
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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 DeanLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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