A Promenade Productions, LLC and The COPO Organization Production. Directed by Rajan Gangahar. Written by Ron Basci. From a story by Farooq Muhammad, Ahmad Ali Razvi and Ron Basci. Lukasz Pruchnik, Director of Photography. Starring: Christopher Thompson, Rebecca Lovett, Aaron Sha’d Young, Samantha Merrick, Ransel Sangster, Gus Weinstein, Alex Eckstorm, Tara Maldonado, Arshad Bacha and Maria Marrakchi. Executive Producer: Ron Basci Producer: Mohammad Razvi
I can be a lonely place
A quiet shell of no regard
Within erupt the swirls of fear
Past failure Future dread
Hundreds of thousands of professionals as well as everyday people suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) yet only a small percentage of those with symptoms ever seek assistance. We have created this fictional dramatic short film to remind all that families and loved ones suffer too and to demonstrate that there is no shame in accepting assistance. Many who have served in the armed forces, in the medical professions, in law enforcement, firefighters, EMTS, or anyone who has experienced a sudden life changing event will learn that there is hope and help. It is our firm belief that this film will be for many a shining light on the path to the future.
The film follows the story of Sam, an heroic EMT veteran beset by inner turmoil. Sam exhibits symptoms of PTSD as it starts to affect his household, employment and his mental state. Haunted by an incident involving a young child, Sam's deepening depression manifests in his drinking, anti-social behavior, irritability with co-workers and the growing distance from his wife. Machismo prevents him from acting on his condition until a directive from his boss sends an unwilling Sam to a therapy session. Sam's courage in finally facing his inner fears illustrates the possibility of a new and more positive future.
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Eloquently and Sensitively Explores the Challenging Lives of First Responders
- Rev. Paul Sladkus, Founder, Good News Planet TV
Packed with Emotion and Drama
- Indian Panorama
A Riveting Tale of PTSD in an EMS Worker.
- Reena Rathore, India-West