Montana is an unraveling, psychological drama about hope, redemption, and the different ways in which we process grief. This short film follows Maddie and Dan Taylor, who married psychologists with unconventional methods who open a therapeutic boarding school for troubled teenagers, while struggling with their own traumatic past.
A percentage of the funds raised by our Seed & Spark campaign will be personally matched by the filmmakers and donated to our partner, The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention.
It is my hope that this short film can spark the telling of a larger story, either in episodic or feature-length format. (The short is based on Michael Schwartz’s original, hour-long television pilot of the same name, which was a Finalist in the Sundance Film Festival’s 2016 Episodic Story Lab.) We want to continue diving deeper into the lives and backstories of these diverse, complex characters, and examine larger, contemporary American issues such as the insufficient one-size-fits-all approach to our education system, and the failing of our mental health care system.
When you contribute to our campaign, you are supporting a film that:
INCREASES REPRESENTATION ON FILM SETS
Our diverse, inclusive cast and crew represents a wide spectrum of races, religions, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities. Our team includes a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, 40% of our crew identifies as female, and three of our producers are women of color.
ENCOURAGES REFLECTION AND ACTION
Through live events and social media, and in collaboration with The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention, we aim to use this film as a catalyst for dialogue, support, and education around mental health and suicide prevention.
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