Marina Edwards, Rising Producer and Director, Explains Why She Fights for Justice

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The talented filmmaker recently wrapped up her first Indiegogo campaign for “My Love in the Sky,” a short film about a war veteran challenged by returning from Iraq to civilian life.

Marina Edwards, Rising Producer and Director

Marina Edwards (co-writer, executive producer, director) and Jon Edwards (co-writer, executive producer) recently wrapped up their first Indiegogo campaign for “My Love in the Sky,” a short film about a war veteran challenged by returning from Iraq to civilian life. The film is slated to be filmed in Los Angeles in 2019. Now, Marina Edwards opens up about her reasons for fighting for justice, in both her personal life and in the entertainment industry, just as a new Kickstarter campaign for the film has been started.

“I spent many years working as a lawyer trying to bring justice to the world, believing that life is a clear matter of white and black,” explains Edwards, “Every day in court was a war. Later, I started to ask myself what was the result? The victories in court didn’t always bring the right results - one side could understand “the win” as a green light to continue doing their actions, while the other side would simply become even more angry and stubborn.”

“For me, the logic of “fight and win” didn’t work anymore,” continues Edwards, “this was the first time I asked myself why do people fight for justice? What does it take to live in peace? I shifted my career to the film industry and started creating movies as a writer and director.”

The story for Edwards’ newest film follows Jake, an Army veteran of 20 years who, while on a humanitarian mission in Iraq, suffers the ultimate defeat in the loss of his copilot & best friend along with his helicopter. In doing so, he shatters his vertebrae and is sentenced to a wheelchair.

Meanwhile, Jake's wife Janet comes from an immigrant family who has made a lot of money through her hard work in real estate. She recognizes the meaning of love and commitment to be a military wife only when she is faced with Jake's return home. It is only through a complete recalibration as to what is important in their lives that we begin to see how this warrior family can possibly find their way back to civilian life together.

“It is our desire to give something back to those who served to defend our freedom in the form of this story,” states Edwards, “Many veterans are wounded in ways seen and unseen and our aim is to open a dialog about this.”

The production budget for the short film was originally $30,000, and the budget would pay for things including equipment, transportation costs, festival fees, and cast and crew expenses. Although the creative team has grown up in Los Angeles and forged many relationships within the industry, they still need a budget to make this film as professional as possible. They also want to hire veterans for the crew as well, to help them spread the message of acceptance and respect they’ve been speaking of. The film still needs funding after their first Indiegogo campaign, and a new Kickstarter campaign has been opened up for additional funding.

“My goal is to tell stories with social impact, to bring hope to people, to show that the values of art, pure love and human respect can change our world in a better way,” concludes Edwards, “now my guiding slogan in life came to me from Mother Teresa’s statement – ‘I will never fight against war, but I will always support peace.’”

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