The Shattered Mind - A Short Film

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Logline: THE SHATTERED MIND is a short film that explores a black deaf family's journey while their daughter struggles to overcome adversity, hearing loss, and brain trauma. Check out the (Teaser)




We use a doll as a stand-in in this video to give you a basic concept of the story. The doll is a core prop in the movie as part of the storytelling based on my screenplay.  (Click here to view our staged reading. We're raising money so we can use real actors to make a short about a young girl overcoming a traumatic brain injury. A brain injury can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Whether due to an auto accident, sports injury, stroke, tumor, a fall, or one of countless other causes, chances are, you, or someone you know, has been affected by a brain injury. During the chaotic and confusing days, weeks, or months in the ER, hospital, or inpatient rehabilitation, it is extremely difficult to comprehend what life with a brain injury will be like. Yet, once the medical professionals have finished their lifesaving work, survivors and their families are usually left to cope on their own with the life-changing, decision-making and, often, lifelong emotional, behavioral, and social effects of the injury.

Before I go on, let me first tell you a little about me. My name is Jade.  I am a filmmaker living in Manhattan, NY.  I love making stuff up and turning them into reality. I consider myself to be an imaginative storyteller. You see, the film I want you to support is part true, part fiction. When I was a little girl, I suffered from a concussion and as result of it, I became deaf.  So, I thought, why not take some of that experience and mix it up and turn it into a movie. After all, that's what makes a great screenwriter, right? 

After our 2nd attempt at trying to raise $100K via Kickstarter and Indiegogo to produce our second feature, The Double Life of Zhane Rain, we've decided to take a different direction with our project by producing a short film instead, giving it a new title. The concept of the story is the same. Since our funding goals has not been met, we have tentatively changed the filming of our production until March 2013. I need your help to accomplish my goal. More about me if you're curious is written in this article:  (An interview with filmmaker.)


THE SHATTERED MIND is about 18 year old Zhane Rain who experiences recurring flashbacks that would take the viewer back to the past when she was six. She suffered a horrible accident which caused her to slip into a long-term coma. The accident also left her suffering from an aggressive hearing loss. 

The film tells a story about a misplaced teenager who is trying to find herself in a self-respecting Deaf family and overcoming an unusual   psychological disorder. Ultimately, Zhane's biggest battle is in dealing with recurring nightmares due to amnesia from the traumatic experience she had as a child.

We're shooting a 30-minute short film on a RED SCARLET camera. We have several goals attached to this project. We plan to submit the movie to several film festivals. 

A passion project from the very beginning, our team consists of diverse and talented storytellers, who all strongly believe in the story. We are working toward getting A-list stars attached. 

Below is a list of items that we are raising funds to cover.

Production Crew/ Personnel
Camera Equipment (RED SCARLET)
Lighting Equipment
Sound Equipment
Craft Services
Production Design
Acting class for Deaf new actors
Interpreters' fee
Production Office
ASL Masters
Storyboard Artist
Publicity/Marketing Costs


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Jade Films Movie Twitter

Click here to see other work by filmmaker Jade


Once we wrap up postproduction, a couple of things will happen. First, we'll be submitting the film to both domestic and international film festivals for early 2013 screenings. Then, we will tour with the film and host private screenings.

Please note: THE SHATTERED MIND (DVD copy) will be available when it is released in home video (after our film festival circuit). We will let you know when we release the
movie trailer. As for your perks and digital download of the movie, they will be available to you in the fall sometimes October or November of 2013. (Postage fee may be required.)

If you are interested in partnership opportunity with our production company, Jade Films and Entertainment, email us at to request for our prospectus. You also have the option of donating by check made out to DeafVision Filmworks: PO Box 1276, Cathedral Station, NY, NY 10025. Our organization, DeafVision Filmworks is 100% tax-deductible with a 501 (c)3 status. Please ask us for our federal I.D. to receive a tax-exempt for your donation.

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Update 18
2 months ago
Hello everyone! Just a quick hello.

I know it has been a long while since you last heard from me. I have been so busy touring with the film. I have not forgotten about you. You guys have been on my mind constantly.

The Shattered Mind has been selected by 29 film festivals. Our last one was in Buffalo. We won 10 awards and received 2 noms. We're still touring, just not as much. It will start to slow down this summer.

We will be releasing the film in June or July. I will be hitting up each of you about your perks soon. Also depending on which perks you have selected; whether digital or DVD, t-shirts, or posters, I will check to see if you have already include your shipping and handling fee.

Please feel free to ask me any question. Again, I apologize for the delay and for not communicating with you as much as I could.

Thank you.

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Update 17
13 months ago
Dear backers! Hello!

I know it has been a while since my last update. I have some good news!

I'm pleased to announce that my film, The Shattered Mind has been selected to screen at the 2015 Manhattan Film Festival here in NY. The Shattered Mind will screen on Sunday, June 14th at 5PM at the Players Theater. More information about the movie here:

My team and I are also elated that The Shattered Mind is also an official selection of the 2015 Jamaica Film Festival, which will take place from July 7-11 next month. Jamaica is my birthplace. We plan to be there for that also.

Also, I turn 50 in September and I couldn't be more happier to celebrate the success of my film career and my life on the island two months earlier. Life started there. Creation started there. Having my film screen at the 2015 Jamaica Film Festival is special, personal and dear to me. Since the festival tour is ongoing, I have an early birthday wish requesting donations toward my Gofundme campaign to celebrate the success and milestone of my film, The Shattered Mind. My goal is to raise approximately $5,000 to cover airfare/hotel costs for my key cast to attend the 2015 Jamaica Film Festival. Your support would be appreciated. Please share the news. This festival tour is ongoing throughout the year. Please follow us from our Facebook page, it's the only way you will keep track of our process.

Here’s the link to the campaign:

Your donation is tax-deductible. Thank you in advance for the support. Don't forget to share the link!

Note: Because we're touring the festivals, your rewards (DVD, posters, tshirts, etc) will have to wait until the festival is over after January 2016. It has a lot to do with the film festival policies about my movie publicly displayed online, selling or distributing them before the festival premieres. I cannot take that chance should my movie fall into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, I have rules and regulations to follow. That's the nature of the film business. I apologize for the delay. If you have any question, please reach out to me at jade Thank you.


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Update 16
20 months ago
Hi All,

Sorry it's been so long since the last update, but since my last post, I have been super busy with the premiere of my full version movie. It was very successful! It was a full house and the results were very positive. I took two weeks off to do nothing. I was physically and mentally exhausted.

When I submitted a work-in-progress of my short film to Sundance on September 15th, all my crew had to abandon the short in order to work on the full movie so we could complete it in time for the October 24th screening. We recently picked it up to so we could work on it. I faced some technical issues with my computer, which caused some delays in the process. I spent a couple days tweaking and fixing full version. We now have both the short version (48 minutes) is for the film festival circuit. The full version (86 minutes) is for film showcases and tour in the deaf community, fundraisers & co-partnership with organizations, private screenings, etc.

I am sorry the REWARDS have still NOT been fulfilled, but we are waiting to get all the actor's signatures for the movie poster and the T-shirts are also in the works

- So PLEASE hang-tight. You will get them soon.

The DVD will not be available until later. I will let you know when it is ready for release. If your perk included HD download viewing of the movie, we will honor it so that you do not have to wait for the DVD. You will get a chance to view the short movie at a limited time using a password access through Youtube or Vimeo.

If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you.

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Update 15
22 months ago
I'm proud to announce the launch of my movie trailer!

Please check it out and share.

For those who selected the $10 perk to see short film via digital download, we will let you know when it's ready for you to view at a limited time.

We will be premiering the full movie on Friday, October 24th. For ticket and information, visit the website:

If you have any question, you know where to reach me.


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SEE YOUR NAME IN THE CREDIT! Become an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER in our film! Get a producer pen, T-shirt, movie poster, and DVD. Poster & DVD signed by cast/director.
INVITATION TO THE SET, (transportation not included) associate producer on screen credit, an invitation to the screening premiere, included all perks.
ATTEND OUR WRAP PARTY IN NY (transportation not included). You also get 2tixs to cast & crew wrap party. 2tixs to premiere, asso. producer credit & all perks.
PRODUCER CREDIT Your name will appear in the CLOSING CREDITS and IMDb page! Be our VIP guests (2 tixs) to red-carpet premiere, included all the perks.
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Tom McQueen
42 months ago

please click "Like" I need 50 so I can adpot a cat. Smile

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42 months ago
Alice Hawkins
42 months ago

Wish you the BEST! Good Luck!

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Sofia Seitchik
42 months ago

Global Deaf Women wishes you best of luck and a smash success in your film! Rooting for you, Sofia

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Jonathan Kovacs
42 months ago
Jevon & Kimberly Whetter
42 months ago

We're alway happy to help a sister filmmaker out. Break a leg!

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42 months ago
Missy McManus
42 months ago

I've been so impressed with your passion and numerous successes! You are a remarkable visionary and I'd love to see your dream become a reality for yourself and everyone else. Stay passionate!

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Jackie Correa-Alley
42 months ago

I'm strong believe in Deaf women can do anything. I hope you the best of luck accomplishment film as Deaf person!

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