Short Film Inspired by Housing Crisis and Rise in Suicides Due to Economy to Debut at Film Festival in SF July 6; Written and Produced by Gini Graham Scott, Changemakers Productions

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The Suicide Party, a short film inspired by the housing crisis and rise in suicides due to the Great Recession, will premier at a film festival in San Francisco July 6 and then be featured at other film festivals and be produced as a feature film. The film, which tells the story of a once successful businessman on the verge of losing everything who holds a suicide party with friends to raise enough to save his house or he’ll end it all, was inspired by writer Gini Graham Scott’s own struggles due to the mortgage meltdown leading her to sell her Oakland house and move to San Francisco.

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The Suicide Party features the story of an everyman facing the economic struggles of our times.

The Suicide Party, a short film about a once successful businessman, who holds a suicide party with friends to raise enough to save his house and get back on his feet or he’ll end it all, will have its grand premier at a Film Festival at the Castro Theater in San Francisco on Saturday, July 6.
The story was inspired the struggles of writer/producer Gini Graham Scott with the foreclosure crisis leading her to sell her own house in Oakland and move to San Francisco. Also, it was inspired by the news about the rise in suicides due to the economic meltdown of the last five years.

Book and script writer, Gini Graham Scott, an author of over 50 books, 15 scripts, and 50 short videos, wrote the script after her own experiences in dealing with the mortgage meltdown. This occurred as her credit cards approached their limit and Wells Fargo, the Bank of America, and CitiCard reduced her credit limit, so she could no longer pay her mortgage, leading her to wonder what someone might do if they lost their house and faced the prospect of living on the streets. Thus, the idea for The Suicide Party was born.

Now after the San Francisco film festival, there are plans to participate in film festivals all over the country. A feature film based on the script is now in preproduction with plans to film in September.

Meanwhile, writer Gini Graham Scott has another film in development Deadly Affair with Kuhr Productions, about a beat cop who has an affair with a neighborhood activist. She is killed soon after he sees her and he could be the suspect, so he investigates with the help of his brother-in-law, a homicide detective, to find the real killer, before he is arrested and faces a scandal.

Scott has also published two books on making and financing films: A Complete Guide to Writing, Producing, and Directing a Low Budget Short Film and Marketing Films to Millennials and Baby Boomers. Her book on film funding techniques Finding Funds for Your Film or TV Project, will be published by Hal Leonard in November.

Scott’s videos are featured on the YouTube channel of her company Changemakers Productions. She also has written her amazing story of surviving and thriving after the mortgage meltdown left her with only $500 in the bank before she sold her house, moved to San Francisco a year ago, and turned her life around. The book is Living in Limbo: From the End to New Beginning

Gini Graham Scott is the founder of Changemakers Publishing and Writing and the author of over 50 published books with major companies, as well as 30 books published by her own company Changemakers Publishing. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California in Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco Law School, and M.A.s in Anthropology, Mass Communications and Organizational/Consumer/Audience Behavior and Popular Culture and Lifestyles at California State University, East Bay. She is getting an additional MS in Recreation and Tourism in 2013. She has spoken about the topics of her books to many groups and the media, including appearances on Good Morning America, Oprah, and CNN.

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