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