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Kathy BrookinsBy Kathy Brookins
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Kathy BrookinsBy Kathy Brookins
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According to statistics from the CDC, suicide is the third leading cause of death of young people ages 15 to 24. It is estimated that there could be as many as 100 to 200 suicide attempts by young people for every one completion. It is our goal to get this project filmed and distributed to as many young people as possible in hopes of preventing this tragedy.

Hi, I’m Kathy Brookins, the producer for our film project, “What You Don’t See”, originally written and performed as a stage play. The film is about 5 people who suddenly find themselves in the underworld not remembering anything about who they are or how they got there. As they desperately try to remember just their names, they are confronted with powerful seducing characters who offer them anything they want in exchange for who they were. As the race begins with time to try and steal the lost souls into the underworld forever, the young people discover a mirror that allows them to see who they are and why they did what they did to end their own lives. In this film, each character with his/her lost soul has to face the challenge to get past the fear and/or anger and find the courage to face their own reality and chose to live or die. Who makes it? Who doesn’t? One’s heart will be gripped until long after the movie has ended and everyone has gone home.

This film is about the passion to live and press forward, knowing your worth. Although there is much comedy in the film, the smiles are given to ease the pain of the film’s serious subject of suicide. There are no stars in this film and no Hollywood style special effects. The actors/actresses are all local and very talented, showing the passion and desperation needed for the characters they are playing.

Our goal is to make this low-budget indie type film to be distributed to middle schools and high schools first in the Oxnard/Ventura areas and hopefully it will catch on and be requested by schools in other counties. In addition to that, we will also be submitting the film to several film festivals (of course in hopes of acceptance by Sundance). Although we will be as thrifty as possible, there will be expenses. The crew is made up of local college talent by those who are passionate about this project. Our equipment will be rented (cameras, gear, lighting). In addition, there will be audio studio time because of the original pieces this group is putting together for the soundtrack within the film.

It’s the very simple tale of wanting to live and be worth something but done in a very dramatic and creative fashion.

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges that normally come with making a film can include anything from an actor/actress getting sick and not being able to work or equipment breaking or even bad weather when we need to film outdoors. In all cases we will improvise as we have always done in the past. If we have to move a scene indoors, then we’ll move it. If we have to re-write a character out, then we will re-write it. A lot of improvisation goes into a film project once the camera starts rolling and I have learned through the years that we have to roll with the punches. In any case, quite a bit of hard work and creativity will go into the making of this film in an effort to bring out the heartfelt passion needed to reach into the soul of anyone and everyone watching.

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