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Production has finished on 72 Minutes! I'll now be sending it to film festivals such as Tribeca, Hot Docs, and more! Film festivals charge entry fees for the submitted films. If you would like to help, please donate! Any donation over $25 includes the Blu-ray/DVD set that will be released on July 4, 2019! Thanks again for all of those who have helped so far!
Director, 72 Minutes
"72 Minutes" is a documentary film about veteran suicide and the struggle of those who have struggled for us.
We lose 20 veterans a day to suicide. Why so many? What can we do to prevent others from taking place? What warning signs should you look for? What can you say to someone you think needs help?
￼The purpose of the film is to share real-world stories of the effects of veteran suicide while also including action items for veterans and their family members and friends if the veteran is having suicidal thoughts of their own. “72 Minutes” includes in-person interviews filmed around the U.S. One of those interviewed was Peter M. Gutierrez, PhD.
Peter M. Gutierrez, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist at the VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC (Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center). Dr. Gutierrez's clinical training was in child and adolescent psychology, with an emphasis on serious psychopathology and suicide. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has been studying suicide, focusing on screening, assessment, and intervention for over 20 years. Dr. Gutierrez is Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). He was the 2005 recipient of the AAS Shneidman Award for outstanding contributions in research in suicidology and 2014 recipient of the Roger J. Tierney Award for Service. Dr. Gutierrez is co-Director of the DOD Military Suicide Research Consortium along with Dr. Thomas Joiner at Florida State University. The Blu-ray bonus features will include an extended interview (over 1 hour!) with Dr. Gutierrez.
The film has the potential to be used as an educational tool for college psychology students, veteran families, and veteran-focused organizations.
“72 Minutes” will be released in a Blu-ray/DVD set in July 2019.
My name is Phil Woolley. I'm a Marine Corps veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a mortarman. In 2010, I returned from Afghanistan feeling disconnected and depressed. I later had suicidal ideations, finally realized I needed to get help, and was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and PTSD in 2011.
Through the past 7 years I've developed a variety of digital media skills including audio production and videography. I'm a multimedia jack-of-all-trades who is just as comfortable editing audio and video as using a camera for photos and video production.
A large part of my motivation for making this film is because veteran suicide is a complicated issue that can be viewed from hundreds of angles. I understand what these veterans have felt and what they've gone through. I know what it's like to want it all to end because you just want the pain to go away. I'm the best person to create this documentary about veteran suicide because I "get it" and I want it portrayed openly and honestly without any hidden agenda.
Do I get something for donating?
YES! Check out the different reward levels! Whether you'd like a signed poster, a signed copy of the Blu-ray/DVD sets when it's released, your name in the credits, your business's logo in the credits, or become an Associate Producer, there are multiple reward levels for nearly any amount!
All rewards will be shipped when the Blu-ray/DVD sets are shipped (July 2019).
ANY help is appreciated!
Any amount you can give will be extremely helpful! Even if it’s just $1!
Veteran suicide is something that NEEDS to be talked about more. These stories need to be shared so we can learn about real-world experiences involving veteran suicide, learn how to discuss veteran suicide openly and honestly, and learn what we need to do if we have a family member or friend that may be having thoughts of suicide.
Together, we can make this happen!
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