A few months ago I wrote a post about a movie called Machine Man, which deals with a man struggling with OCD.
I mentioned how the film maker, Kellie Madison, was raising money for the film at the grass roots to keep it free of the Hollywood sleaze machine.
This afternoon I saw a message on the movie’s Facebook page saying the money goal hasn’t been met yet:
“Still working on reaching our minimum production goal. Be a part of Machine Man – every donation counts!”
I don’t have money to give right now, but I do have a bullhorn in the shape of this blog.
If you suffer from OCD or know others who do, this could be a groundbreaking, stigma-busting film. Seeing it released would certainly mean a lot to me.
If you can, please help her out. If you don’t have money, spread the word to others who might.
Here’s a press release describing the film and Kellie’s approach:
Veteran Female filmmaker Kellie Madison tackles obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) with narrative feature film; Kicks off never-been-done-before grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funding
For Immediate Release
FEMALE FILMMAKER TACKLES OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD) WITH NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM
Writer / Producer / Director Kellie Madison Kicks Off Never-Been-Done-Before Grassroots Campaign to Raise Awareness and Funding
(HOLLYWOOD, CA) – Donald Trump. Howie Mandel. Howard Stern. Each of these men is among the most influential public figures of the world. Yet, most wouldn’t imagine that these powerful people all share a common mental disorder. They, along with millions of others around the globe, suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), a neurobiological anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and a need to perform repetitive and ritualistic behaviors (compulsions). One in 50 adults currently battle with obsessive and compulsive behavior. One in 25 has dealt with the disorder at some point in their lives.
Just as “Rain Main” brought worldwide awareness to autism and “Children of a Lesser God” eloquently dramatized the trials and tribulations of the hearing impaired, Kellie Madison brings us a narrative film that illuminates the debilitating struggle that millions of people who suffer from OCD go through on a daily basis. “Machine Man,” chronicles the spirited tale of an average man, who struggles with an extraordinary problem, facing his most debilitating fear in order to save the woman he loves.
Far too often, people with OCD suffer in silence because of the shame and stigma associated with this disorder. Some don’t even recognize what they’re suffering from and are terrified to leave their homes.
To date, a film that addresses the daily debilitating fears associated with OCD has yet to be produced. Film is one of themost powerful mediums for conveying messages to audiences around the world. A feature like “Machine Man” can and will create empathy and awareness for those suffering with OCD. This will ultimately affect change by helping people recognize their disorder and subsequently seek proper treatment.
It takes more than a great script and great talent to get a film off the ground. It takes funding. Madison is using her passion for the project to attempt a filming feat no Producer has yet to achieve: raising the entire $2,000,000 budget of the film through philanthropic support from the local community. We need YOUR help in spreading the word. This grassroots campaign is a unique, ambitious and worthwhile endeavor. Depending on the level of support, all participants will be rewarded, including the opportunity for a role in the film. Additionally, partial proceeds will go to the International OCD Foundation.
Kellie Madison, as well as experts from around the country are on board and available for interviews. We would appreciate your help and the opportunity to spread the word about this amazing project.