WTWYAB Film Festival Fund

We are proud to present the official trailer for our first short film!

"Welcome to Where You've Always Been"

'Welcome to Where You've Always Been' is a story about a champion spoken word poet named Devyn Duncan who has everything, but is blind to the blessings around him. He must find a way to overcome his depression and demons before his overwhelming desire to end his life wins the battle. He turns to alcohol to cope with the pain while hiding his suicidal thoughts from his wife, but she has a secret of her own which could change everything.

When You Are Everything but Believe You Are Nothing…
'Welcome to Where You’ve Always Been’.


The film is now complete and the festival circuit is in stride! We have already been accepted into 10 film festivals with many more awaiting judging. We have won 2 awards thus far including the Best Leading Actor Award for Justin Sandler at the California Women's Film Festival! When we began this process in the summer of 2015, we launched a very successful fundraising campaign in order to create a production budget to shoot the film. As we began submitting and getting accepted into film festivals, we quickly realized that the film festival circuit also costs a considerable amount of money.

Now that we have completed the film itself, we must see it through to the end. This means attending every festival we screen at for the next year... This is where you get the media, publicity, and create the relatonships that will not only get your film seen and recognized, but also where future opportunities are created. Our film tackles the issues of depression and suicide. The biggest inspiration for us to get this film out is so that it can be an inspiration to those in need... a light to shine the path for anyone struggling with depression. We plan to save lives... at the very least to give hope. And that means getting this film in front of as many audiences as possible, including screenings at treatment and youth centers.  If we get into a festival and cannot attend, that means we won't be present for interviews, we won't be part of Q&As and filmmaker panels, and we won't be present for awards ceremonies. In other words, attending the festivals is crucial to the success of this film and it's message.

Along with attending the festivals, we need to print up posters, fliers, mail DVDs & Blu-Rays, and for some festivals order DCPs (Digital Cinema Package). All this = VERY expensive.


We are not just asking for simple handouts. We are willing to work hard in exchange for your donation. Therefore we are going to offer perks throughout this campaign. We are happy to accept donations of any size... even $1! However, if you would like to choose a perk, please check out some of the packages below.


It is with great gratitude and thanks for your support! Our mission is to keep creating the opportunity to continue making littlefilmsBIGmessages.com - short films to inspire hope to everyone.

Justin & Mary Lou Sandler

Song: "Descending" by Rick Hale


  • Costie Payne 
    • $100 
    • 49 mos
  • Traci Smith 
    • $50 
    • 49 mos
  • Kaleopy Smith 
    • $50 
    • 49 mos
  • jeffrey sandler 
    • $100 
    • 50 mos
  • Jennifer Bresnehan 
    • $25 
    • 50 mos
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Justin Sandler 
Valley Glen, CA
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