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Many years ago I was struggling with severe depression and suicidal thoughts, and I came across this website. I posted some very personal information about my struggle and was received quite warmly and given good advice. The support I got from these forums actually helped me re-draw some of my conclusions about life. And it is very touching to look back on and remember the help I received here.
Ultimately, I consider newbuddhist.com one of the most positive forums I've been on, and the responses from members here really helped turn me toward positive thinking after a lifetime of misery and depression.
So, I want to thank everyone who supported me on these forums and let you know how grateful I truly am for your help.
I have spent several years writing a semi-autobiographical (but fictional) feature film and am going to shoot it early next year. The themes are based on my lifetime of severe depression, my close encounters with suicide and the path I took to get to a positive outlook on life -- all this while losing my Christian faith. So, the film focuses on a skeptic's struggle in deriving meaning out of life and in finding a solution to his depressed state while not relying on faith or religious doctrine, hence the discussion title "reason-based feature film." Much of the advice I received while struggling with depression required me to abandon logic and empiricism and ended up hurting more than helping. I intend to achieve the opposite of that.
The film is an intellectual dark comedy, and I have a proof of concept teaser, a great actor to play the main part and a lot of crew members already secured. It's an independent film, and we're looking for assistance in getting the film made.
Please take a look at the teaser we've made, and if you can contribute anything toward the film or share these links, I would be extremely grateful.
Thank you for your time.
Also, feel free to ask me any questions you might have. If you happen to be really blown away by the trailer and want to really invest in the film, there are opportunities open for percentages, etc.