This is a clip from the beginning of a short film entitled, JUMP. In post production. A film for anyone that's looked suicide in the face and lived to tell the story. Jump is the story of Ed, a normal guy struggling with average problems. When Ed decides he can’t live with himself any longer, he goes to jump off a bridge. But in the act, he realizes he is not one man - he is two. He is the man that wants to die and the man that wants to kill him. His thoughts appear in the form of a man named THOUGHT. These two men have a conversation on the bridge battling out his fate. An allegory for our common human experience with pain and depression. This film takes place in the moment before a man jumps off a bridge. But the man, the bridge, the circumstances and even the suicidal thoughts are just an allegory for our common human experience with hardship, depression and the need to talk to somebody about our deepest thoughts. Credits Director / Executive Producer - Eric Larkin DP - Alberto Mojica Producer - Ashley Larkin Producer - Aisha Jabour Actor (Ed) - Tim Wardel Actor (Thought) - Johan Kahlilian Editor - BettJo Moore
New Film Jump Challenges Society's Perspective About Mental Health
In the film upcoming Jump, the contemplation of suicide gives birth to two beings: the murderer and the victim. Regardless of who succeeds, one must perish. Though Jump, Director Zion Shabazz has a not-so-secret-motive ofchanging society's understanding of the suicidal mind, by casting an "everyman" as suicidal.
While the government debates gun control policy in light of recent mass shootings, this film is a radical cry to identify the real matter: mental health care. Whether you have dealt with suicide directly or indirectly, recent tragedies have underscored the importance of a larger conversation about mental health reform, suicide prevention and ending the stigma of seeking help before it’s too late.
A drama at it's core, at times the script reads as a mind-bending spiritual experience. Jump is an artistic endeavor to reach every person that has been touched by suicide including family members and friends, colleagues, teachers, coaches and in some cases…random passersby. This is the creative case for mental health reform. This is a film for those who have even looked suicide in the face and lived to tell the story.
At some point, we as human beings make our way to the edge of the world with no possibility of turning back. Everything that we desire and experience brings us to that edge: dreams, memories, and choices. Have you ever been to that edge? The film is currently raising funds for the project through community organized efforts and a fundraising platform called, Kickstarter. Their is an open invitation for people to join the project at www.thejumpfilm.com