Huntington Beach, CA (PRWEB) September 04, 2012
Movie producers behind the new dramatic coming-of-age feature film, M.O.R., a true story that targets the increasingly dangerous trend of kids being medicated for different psychological disorders and the doctors who are prescribing these mind-altering drugs, are raising awareness for this important cause-driven film.
A campaign was officially launched this week over at the popular crowd funding website, Kickstarter, to help get this film off the ground. "It’s an important film that needs to be made," said Producer/Writer, Richard Meese. “It’s a growing concern that needs to be addressed rather than swept under the carpet.”
The film, still hiding behind its acronym title, “M.O.R.” is a feature-length, coming-of-age drama that exposes the truth behind our mental health practices of kids and teenagers. The film’s young protagonist, a troubled 14 year-old boy named Aaron checks himself into a mental hospital on false pretenses in order to hide from police authorities who are on his trail for a slew of petty crimes. The boy convinces the hospital that he is suicidal and is effortlessly checked in as a patient. The only problem now is that he can’t check back out. He soon finds himself thrust into a strange new world of psycho babble, uncaring counselors and doped up teenagers who never seem to get better. To stay connected with this film or to get involved, visit the Official Blog for more details.
Getting the nod to direct this film is Orange County independent filmmaker, Rocky Costanzo, whose resume is compiled of low budget feature films that deal with troubled youth. “Rocky was my first and only choice to direct “M.O.R.”, as he has a gift of bringing out great performances in young actors,” said Meese. It didn’t take Costanzo long to accept the position, stating that the film is right up his alley. “I knew within three seconds of reading the script that I was in,” said Costanzo. “It’s a powerful story that brings up a lot of issues. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions and a lot of teenagers will identify with the characters. It reminds me of a darker version of The Breakfast Club.”
Meese has turned to Kickstarter, the project-driven crowd-funding website, to help raise the funds needed to complete the film. "I'm a big fan of Kickstarter and I thought it might be a good place to raise both money and awareness for the film," said Meese. Also supporting this idea is Costanzo, who sees this as an opportunity to develop one of his films with the public rather than movie investors. “It’s going to be a great opportunity for everyone involved and if the goal is reached, those individuals will be given the same satisfaction that I get in watching a film develop from the beginning through its premier and festival exhibitions,” said Costanzo.
Like most campaigns on Kickstarter, the “M.O.R.” campaign offers various pledge incentives, including VIP passes to the premiere or a day visit to the filming set. “Rather than just asking people to pledge, we want them to be a part of this film,” said Meese. “Our incentives will be targeted to people who truly want to experience what it’s like to be part of a movie from the ground up.”
The campaign is now live on Kickstarter, but there is a deadline. If the project does not reach its goal, it will not be funded. To get involved, head over to the campaign, or visit the official blog for the film.
For those unaware of Kickstarter, it is a platform for artists like filmmakers, to reach out to everyday people like yourself, who might find a project interesting enough to make a donation (pledge) and Kickstarter is the most respected site of this nature. They make it simple to pledge and offer a variety of incentives. For the M.O.R. Campaign, the producers have a variety of pledge incentives, such as copies of the finished movie, producer titles, and even an invite to the production set in Los Angeles to watch them film. Kickstarter campaigns are on an all-or-nothing basis, so if the project does not reach it's goal, all donations are given back.