Long-Form Documentary on Mental Illness

$2,449 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 35 months
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Trevor Chamberlain  WALTHAM, MA
Thank you for visiting my GoFundMe campaign. My name is Trevor Chamberlain and I am a filmmaker.

This fundraiser will serve as a way to raise seed money to start a documentary on the topic of mental illness. Of the works I’ve created in my career as a filmmaker, this is the first film project in my life where I believe I have been "called" to make. It isn't a matter of me choosing to make this documentary; it chose me. I am ready to commit to see this project through to completion.

In the past few years, the discourse surrounding "mental illness" has taken a dark turn. There seems to be a growing judgment in the court of public opinion that those who suffer from mental illnesses are unpredictable, dangerous, and a threat to society. I've seen this misinformed assumption cause fear and pain in those who suffer from mental illness and even those who simply go to see a therapist. This isn't right and I feel compelled to explore why this stereotype exists and to provoke thoughts and feelings through film in the hope of shifting perspectives.

It's time to examine the complex labyrinth of mental illness and emotional disorders. If this film ends by leaving audiences thinking, then I have done my job.

My ultimate goal is for the film to be long, possibly episodic. I also expect the production time to be lengthy. The project could take years to create. I do recognize the reality that money and resources may dictate the process, and the final product might end up only being a short film. I intend, however, to probe the issue as best as I can. I know it's impossible to leave no stone unturned, but I aim to turn over as many as possible.

I am here today asking for your help. I need somewhere to start.

Production resources, and research and travel expenses cost a lot of money. But your gift can offer me a push in the right direction. My intention is to build upon these initial funds: I can shoot and edit enough footage to then seek further funding from more well-known resources, like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, grants, and possible private investors.

Don't just think you will be helping me financially. You will also be a part of the moment when the discussion began. A discussion that could, quite possibly, change people's minds.

Any donation will help. No matter how large or how small. If you can't donate at this time, posting a link to the fundraiser on your Facebook page and tweeting it out to your followers would be a great means of support as well.

Thank you so much for your time.

Wish me luck!
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Update 30
Posted by Trevor Chamberlain
3 months ago
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It's been a long time and I thank you all for your patience. 2016 was quite a year to say the least. However, I never stopped shooting the documentary and there will be more clips to come.

There are some technical issues with this clip (lots of grain and video noise - you can blame me for that), but hopefully the content will carry you past these issues. That said, it's a difficult watch. Recommended for mature audiences.

As always, I'm grateful for everyone's support. Feel free to share the clip and comment below.

https://youtu.be/Q_4blr3T5nk
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Update 29
Posted by Trevor Chamberlain
7 months ago
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We've been quiet for a while but that doesn't mean the film has stopped production. Two interviews were shot at the end of 2015 and a third was shot recently on the West Coast where the project has relocated.

The topic and general discussion around Mental Illness has been growing exponentially in the past few years and we intend for this documentary to be a part of that discussion.

As always, thank you all for your donations and support.

Stay tuned...
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Update 28
Posted by Trevor Chamberlain
20 months ago
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To those who has been following this film's journey, we are still moving forward. Funds have slowed down and resources are limited. This was expected to happen from time to time. Do not worry, this documentary is happening. A new interview is on the books to be shot within the next month. We're still here; alive and kicking.

Thank you for your continued support.
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Update 27
Posted by Trevor Chamberlain
24 months ago
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Another big day!

Please check out the second sample clip from our upcoming documentary, "Mental."

https://youtu.be/NUpSXYt3AWo

Please share.

We couldn't have done it without all of your generous support. Thank you all so very much.
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Michelle Weagle
3 months ago

I hope you and sasha are well. THank you again.

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$2,449 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 35 months
Created June 3, 2014
TC
Trevor Chamberlain  
$25
Mark McKee
7 months ago
KC
$50
Kevin Collins
18 months ago

Best of luck, Trevor!

JH
$20
Jasmin Hunter
24 months ago
CO
$20
Christian O'Brien
24 months ago
MW
$30
Michelle Weagle
25 months ago

From me and Sasha :-)

EN
$25
Erin Nolan
26 months ago
BP
$50
Bruce Petschek
26 months ago

Nice project, I'd like to stay in touch with this effort of yours.

$50
Anonymous
26 months ago
SY
$50
sarah yenson
26 months ago

Thanks for doing this.

BC
$25
Beth Charbonneau
29 months ago
Michelle Weagle
3 months ago

I hope you and sasha are well. THank you again.

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