About this project
Why are we making this film?
In our featured Vietnam veteran's words, Guy Spagnoli "has been trying to tell this story for years and no one has ever listened." We are making this film because we believe that providing viewers a portal into this one veteran's and his family's experience with his PTSD will help give insight to understanding the condition on a humanistic level and open the doors of conversation on broader social issues that need to be addressed around the treatment of PTSD.
Nearly 50% of veterans suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) do not seek treatment. With your help, we hope that this story can help raise awareness about PTSD, alternatives to medication, and help support and inspire both veterans and their loved ones.
What is the background of the film?
About a year ago, Brent was an editor on a short documentary film about a Vietnam War veteran, Guy Spagnoli. The film was about his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result from the Vietnam War.
The one thing missing was that the film had not touched on the parts of Guy's life that had clearly inspired him to overcome the daily adversities of PTSD and to have made his dream come true of graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in cinematography.
As an editor, Brent spends a lot of time getting to know his subjects, and he ended up sending Guy a friend request on Facebook so he could stay in touch. Almost immediately, he started to notice a trend with Guy's posts...EVERYTHING was about Disney! More than half of his pictures were at Disney World or of him dressed as a Disney character. In fact, just about every single post he shared was from a Disney Facebook page.
Then, one day, Guy shared this Walt Disney quote: "We seek to estimate the future and its bearing on our existence, as well as dwelling fondly on the past or indulging in escapist dreams." Brent started to wonder...were there underlying psychological factors in this obsession over Disney that helped him escape the events he experienced in the war?
He realized he had finally found the other half of the film. He told Guy that he wanted to continue filming him but focus on his Disney fascination and the support he receives from his family, and Guy insisted that the filmmakers come out to his home.
What the filmmakers hope to achieve with this film is to raise awareness of PTSD and its victims, explore alternatives to medication, and most of all, share a story about a brave friend who despite the war in his mind, uses a little imagination, and keeps moving forward.
Visit our website: www.keepmovingforwarddoc.com
How Will Your Donation Be Used?
Your donation will be used to help pay for the additional shooting we have left and towards the post-production of the film, as well, including an music and color grading.
Who We Are
Brent Bandemer (Director, Editor, Co-Producer) Brent discovered documentary filmmaking while studying post-production at Columbia College Chicago. When directing a short documentary on a sub-culture quickly transformed into a character story, he saw the true dynamic nature of the documentary genre. After winning the Audience and Jury awards for his film Gone at Columbia’s student film festival, he immersed himself in documentary courses and his affinity continued to grow along with his editing and directing skills. Upon graduating, he was accepted into Kartemquin Films’ internship program where he was able to experience film production at various stages.
Emily Strong (Producer, Sound Recorder) Emily is currently a multimedia producer for The School Project, a 6-part mini-series on the aftermath of the unprecedented permanent closing of 49 neighborhood schools in Chicago. She is passionate about sharing authentic and inspiring stories from diverse perspectives that help move the conversation forward and promote social change.
Stephanie V. Strauss (Director of Photography) Stephanie is a documentary filmmaker and photographer from Chicago. She attended the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine; her final photo story she produced at Salt documentiing eleven women studying to be midwives was published in February 2015 on the storytelling website, Narratively. Stephanie received her BA in Humanities with a concentration in Art History from University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum Laude. Stephanie uses her camera to spread awareness about dyslexia and is interested in the way science and art interact. You can visit Stephanie’s work here: http://www.svstraussphotography.com/about
Taylor Sitton (Second Camera) Taylor is a recent graduate of Columbia. He has shot and directed multiple music videos and documentaries, including the original interview with Guy Spagnoli at Columbia College. Taylor is interested in social change in documentary as well as fiction. His most recent film in production, Judges, tells a story about a gifted teenager hoping to transcend the stigma of African-Americans living on the south side of Chicago
Mike DeCarlo (Cartoonist) We're fortunate enough to be collaborating with Mike on this project. Check out his work below and our reward section to see how you can get your own personal caricature! Mike began his commercial art career in the late 1970's as a Sports Cartoonist and Medical and Textbook illustrator. By 1980, he had moved on to the Comic and Animation fields, working with both Marvel and DC Comics on such titles as Thor, Iron Man, Conan The Barbarian, Batman, Green Lantern and Superman. In the mid-90's he graduated to doing licensing and animation drawings for Warner Publishing, Disney Press, Nickelodeon Magazine, The Cartoon Network and Archie Comics. He currently has a 15 year affiliation with The Simpsons, working on their internationally distributed Comic Book line. Mike also is very involved with using his website (www.mikedecarloart.com) to do privately commissioned drawings for clients all over the world. He is married for nearly 34 years and has 4 grown children.
Risks and challenges
Partial filming has already been completed for this project, but our biggest risk and challenge we currently face is not raising enough funds to complete filming and and post-production.
We would need to continue shooting for two more to get more of a sense of how PTSD effects Guy's everyday life as well as day-to-day interactions with his loved ones, especially his wife, Laura. Your support would allow us to shoot interviews with more members of his family, including his four adult sons, and visits to his weekly psych appointments.
Your contribution will not only be used effectively to complete the filming of this production but will also give us the ability to share Guy's story with people like you who feel strongly about the importance of PTSD awareness, resources, and support and to those who know and love the world of Disney. The money you contribute to this campaign will go directly to the powerful medium of documentary film and will pay for equipment, crew fees, meals, transportation, color correction, and musical scoring of this film.
**We would love to build outreach partnerships with relative organizations in order to connect this film to veteran communities and organizations that donate will be credited as funders for the film**
We truly appreciate your collaboration and support!
Our warmest thanks,
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