Shooting March 2013
Thanks for checking out our project! We're humbled by the responses that we've received in creating this very important project.
JUMP is a short film.
JUMP is a movement.
What happens in the Jump 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.
This film is takes place in 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.
The moment before a person jumps is an extremely intense and intimate moment. It's when your thoughts are louder than your reality. You come face-to-face with your existence, your fears, your life, your sorrows and what it would really cost to let them all go. It's a spiritual moment because, you look face to face with God and wrestle with your existence.
Why is this film important?
Mental health services are lurking in the shadows of our culture, reserved for people who are crazy or disturbed. This film shows a normal guy that's in need of mental health services. He's not crazy, he just needs to talk. The same way most of us do. It's important to show this in order to strip away the stigma of mental health services and the taboo in our communities.
Why make a film about this?
The case for the world’s increasing need of mental health is one that needs to be made from the inside the culture first. For years, health professionals have used medical statistics and PSA’s to communicate the need for mental health service, but these are attempts that circumvent the culture instead of using it.
This film attempts to remove the negative stigma around seeking mental health services by telling a story about a normal person, with normal problems that needs normal help in the most extreme circumstances.
This film is for anyone that has looked suicide in the face and lived to tell the story.
Everyone has considered suicide at some point of their lives. It's just part of the human experience.
For every person that commits suicide, 20 people have attempted it.
And 3000 people commit suicide every day.
Why is this film any different?
First, this is not an after school special or government PSA; it is written to inspire using the voice of the creative community and hold up to academy award winning work.
Second, this film is not just a film it is the starting piece of a movement to advocate for more access to mental health services.
Who's making this film?
We are the Creative School of Thought, a team of creatives who believe the most powerful tool that God gave us is our creativity, and we intend on using it to do our part in devouring the chaos of the world.
Zion Shabazz, Director
"I've worked in advertising for many years, working on some of the world's largest global brands, but now I want to use that same creativity and level of quality to telling stories that change lives and transforms people. This story about Ed is not me, but he is a lot like me."
Aisha Jabour, Producer
Eric Larkin, Executive Producer
Alberto Mojica, Director of Photography
Andre Henry, Music Supervisor
Doreen Larkin, Community Liaison
Norma Alexander, Community Liaison
The Creative School of Thought
The Creative School of Thought is a production group with the goal to create content and experiences that re-affirm positive identity, spirituality and relationships. The work focuses on film, music and design. It was formed to address the deepest issues that people face, in the most creative ways.
We are based off the idea that creativity has a seat at the table of addressing the worlds problems. There is a republican school of thought, a democratic school of thought, eastern, western, rich or thrifty, school of thought - we are the creative school of thought.
Other ways to get more involved:
Share your time.
Volunteer PA - Are you interested in film and you want to help out with production - join the Jump team.
Volunteer Publicist - Are you skilled in PR or getting the word out and reaching out to new organizations - join the Jump team.
Offer Special Technical Skills - are you secretly a gaffer or ex holly-wood producer or you know some on-set special skill - join the Jump team
Equipment - do you have you hands on some equipment that might come in hand for our shoot - join the Jump team
Share your space.
Theatre or event space - Do you have a great space for us to screen our film and host a talk or film release party - join the Jump team
Film Festival - Do you love our idea and want to feature it at your film event - join the Jump team
Share your voice.
Newsletter / mailing list- Are you a part of a business or organization with a newsletter/mailing list and you'd like to help promote the project - join the Jump team
Social Networks - I know you have friends on Facebook and the twitterverse - like us, tweet us, pinterest us, instagram this, do not friendster anything - join the Jump team (we're not on black planet)
We know many people are interested in being part of our word-of-mouth team and help promote the film. We will definitely enlist your help when we’re ready! In the interim, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest.
Our heartfelt thanks for your interest, and please consider supporting us in other ways as well. One of the BEST WAYS to help us spread the word is by posting a link to this Kickstarter page www.thejumpfilm.com on Facebook and twitter!
You can also spread links to our facebook page and our website to everyone and every place you can!