Hi Family, Friends and Supporters,
As many of you know, the road to making "Extra Innings
" has been a long and difficult journey. A coming-of-age feature film over 20 years in the making, Extra Innings has been a labor of love very close to my heart. Having lost two older siblings to mental illness, I felt it important to make their struggles heard in order to relay a message of hope to all those affected by similar tribulations. Funds will be used for: Music:
The music of Extra Innings will be key to developing the world the characters inhabit. Whether it be licensing Classical Music and 60s pop, or producing original tracks written for the film by our composer, Peter Calo, funds from GoFundMe will help fund the musical backdrop of Extra Innings.Marketing
Marketing an independent film is a difficult and complicated process. Our goal is to get as many people from a wide range of communities, since Extra Innings is about "family dynamics", to view the film. We are in the process of reaching out to distributors, mental health and Jewish communities, along with baseball organizations, to gain support in promoting the film.SAVE
Extra Innings is partnered with SAVE
(Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), the leading suicide prevention organization dedicated to public awareness, education and to helping survivors. The Executive Director of SAVE, Dan Reidenberg, has been involved with Extra Innings since the beginning. SAVE's message of hope and awareness resonates deeply with Extra Innings and I am very proud to have their support behind my film. While I aspire for the film to help spread mental health awareness, I also want to support organizations like SAVE that do the amazing work of helping individuals on a day to day basis. Dan Reidenberg (Executive Director of SAVE):
"I was really moved watching the film. It was a touching story about complicated family dynamics that are real for most families but are never talked about. It is a film to help start a conversation about mental illness and suicide"Our Message:
One of the most difficult things to deal with when contemplating suicide is the numbing loneliness. Feeling like no one cares and it will never get better is a soul crushing experience. My goal in sharing this film is to give audiences a real understanding of how suicide affects everyone. But more importantly, the message of hope. Things can get better simply by acknowledging someone's pain. Suicide is a universal problem, but by connecting individual's experiences, we can create a global network of support and understanding. Ultimately, I am fighting to end the stigma that prevents someone from giving or seeking help.
My hope for this film is for as many people to see it as possible and gain insight into the complexities and hardships of mental illness and suicide. When you lose a loved one to suicide, it stays with you forever, and I hope this film resonates to all that view it, and learn something about the problems of mental illness and suicide that they may not have considered before.Won "Best Feature Film" at the 2019 Manhattan Film Festival and at the 2019 Jersey Shore Film Festival, as well "Best Actor" and "Best Supporting Actress."Tina Lee (Community Education and Outreach Manager) from NAMI NYS: "I am absolutely speechless. Thank you for this gift...poignant work of art."American Jewish World Service: "Issues addressed in your film are critical, [...] a beautiful and meaningful film"NAMI New York State: "Thank you for this poignant work of art"
Thank you to all of you who have supported me on this journey.
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