At 20-years-old, Wren is a depressed Millennial struggling with depression after the suicide of one of her peers. She consents to treatment at a local New Orleans psychiatric hospital, but after she arrives realizes that she has been sent to an under-funded facility that lacks the proper attention and full-time staff to properly help their patients. With the help of her family, Wren realizes there are ulterior motives behind the reasoning for keeping her there.
BASED ON TRUE EVENTS
CURRENTLY IN POST-PRODUCTION
Charlotte Manning is a writer, director, and actor born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She is currently a Junior Assistant at Scott Rudin Productions while completing her senior year at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, majoring in Film and TV. Charlotte is passionate about using film to inspire and empower women by telling their stories. Her short film Carousel received accolades at NYU's New Visions and Voices Festival for Ensemble Cast. Her most recent projects include promotional films for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as The Malibu Life, a luxury real estate company founded by Madison Hildebrand of Bravo's "Million Dollar Listings."
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Daniel R. Manning graduated NYU with a BFA in Acting. He founded Horde Theatre Group, and worked with them to produce five plays across LA and NYC. He produced an original play, Modern Sleep, at the Attic Theatre. And is currently workshopping a new play at LA's Loft Theatre Company. Directing credits include: Torture (The Bridge Theatre, NYC). Dog Sees God (The Avery Schreiber Theatre, LA). Mason Jar Heart (Stella Adler Studio of Acting).
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DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Josh Herzog is a New York based Director of Photography and Ronin Operator from Orange County, California. He has worked on countless student films throughout his last 3 years at NYU and DP’d 10 projects last semester alone. In May of this year, Josh was the recipient of a 2016 Student Emmy Award for his commercial Carpentry in Motion at the 37th Annual College Television Awards. He has recently been working on a number of commercials for companies like the American Heart Association, J. Walter Thompson and Toyota.
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Jenna Kaplan is a Boston born, New York based producer. After recently graduating NYU Tisch School of the Arts, as a Film and Television Production major. Her past work includes interning for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, MTV, Food Network’s Chopped, Netflix Original Series The Character’s, and Tribeca Productions. Jenna is also praying to marry a nice Jewish boy.
Connor Ross McVay is a filmmaker from South Florida. He graduated from NYU Tisch in Fall 2016 with a degree in Film and TV Production. Connor has worked on many projects in a variety of positions and has a well rounded understanding of the production process. (He is currently based in New York and specializes in producing student films in New Orleans.
A television and film Producer, Charles is a NYC [Maryland-native] emerging talent whose credits include Scott Rudin Productions, Showtime, GQ, HBO, the Food Network and Fisher-Price, among a countless number of independent stage and theatrical productions. With this range of production experience, and a B.S. in Biology, Charles’ unshakeable faith (in “knowing the power of loving oneself”) commands an unrelenting focus. The “empowering message”, to any story, is the paramount principle to this rising-juggernaut filmmaker.
A Los Angeles native, Gracie Markland has been working both in front of and behind the camera since she was 5-years-old. A recent NYU Tisch graduate, Gracie is currently working for director Matthew Ross as his assistant. She's produced numerous student films and has worked as a Production Assistant on many top-tier productions in the New York area, including The Only Living Boy in New York, HBO's The Deuce and Woody Allen's Summer Project.
Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Lucas is currently living and working in New York City and studying Film & Television production at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. As an award winning filmmaker and videographer, Lucas's work runs the gamut from narrative short films to commercial, experimental and musical content. He currently works at Brooklyn based commercial production company, Curfew creating branded content for the likes of Pepsi, Uniqlo and Crate & Barrell.
Maria Marrone is a Venezuelan filmmaker and photographer based in Brooklyn. In her undergraduate career at NYU, she has worked on a variety of projects as a production designer and art director including fashion films, commercials, and narrative shorts. She is also a freelance photographer and has been featured in a variety of online publications including i-D Magazine and Dazed Digital for her work.
Raised in Meridian, Mississippi, Rachel Rae Varela is a Los Angeles and New Orleans-based filmmaker and actress. A recent Tulane graduate with a B.A. in digital media production and theater, she currently interns for a theatrical talent agency. She has assisted in casting for the Disney Broadway tours and numerous student shorts.
Erin McCluskey is a New Orleans based actress and model from Ridgefield, CT. She studied at Tulane University where she double majored in Theater Performance and Psychology. Erin has since performed in a number of award winning stage and film productions, commercials, music videos, and runway shows that have established her presence in the local Southeast entertainment industry.Due to her widespread connections to the acting community, Erin was brought on as a casting associate for Hello My Friend, to hire all local actors from the surrounding Southeast region. Erin is repped by CTG South.
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Hunter Thomas is a New Orleans Native. He knew that film was his career of choice at the age of 4. after watching the Christmas Classic Die Hard. His career really took off after graduated NOCCA (New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts). Since June 2016, he has worked on 4 feature films, 8 TV Shows/Pilots, and 10 Music Videos, as well as numerous short films. He now owns a commercial firm called Concept 13 Studios LLC. Lots of local clients, as well as some national and international clients. Being blind in 1 eye, no one expects him to be a visual person, but he makes an incredible 1st AC.
Noah grew up in Syracuse, NY, where he often listened to his father play pieces by Chopin, Beethoven and Mozart. A lover of narrative music, he creates cinematic soundscapes that intersect the acoustic and electronic worlds. Noah has won numerous awards for his ability as a pianist and as a composer. In 2015, he toured the country as keyboardist/synthesist for Elliot Moss as they opened for the Cold War Kids on their winter national tour
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Madeline is an editor, screenwriter, actor, and director studying at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She has interned for producers Denise Di Novi and Harvey Weinstein, as well as casting directors Heidi Levitt and Jakki Fink. Since her time at NYU, she has edited countless short films, music videos for Kevin Abstract, Brockhampton, and Kiah Victoria, as well as a four part web-series, a mock PSA, and commercials for companies Stratus and HubHu. Her short-form documentary Aerial Art, which she directed and edited, won the Audience Choice Award at Tisch in 2014.
Raised in Washington, D.C, Dani is a NY-based visual storyteller. Between a focus in comedy writing and a passion for digital art, she seeks to inspire through worlds both satirized and imaginative. Her produced screenplays have earned features in Tisch's Spring Showcase and three different awards over two consecutive Tisch 48 Hour Film Festivals. Dani's recent endeavors include selling a radio spot to MasterCard and getting a haircut.
Why tell this story? There is often a stigma attached to mental illness that results in the topic being brushed under the rug and ignored. We want to help raise awareness to the under-funded wards and the fact that mental health is constantly being put on the back-burner. There are millions of Americans who cannot afford proper mental health treatment (such as a therapist or a private psychiatric hospital) and go to public psych wards to seek help, yet cannot get the adequate services their mental illness requires.
The Facts (via the National Alliance on Mental Illness):
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.
- Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%
- Over one-third (37%) of students with a mental health condition age 14–21 and older who are served by special education drop out—the highest dropout rate of any disability group.
- Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S.,20 the 3rd leading cause of death for people aged 10–24 and the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 15–24.
- More than 90% of children who die by suicide have a mental health condition.