The anchor of the project is a new feature film "The Other One," which is scheduled for festival release this winter and theatrical release in late winter or early spring 2014. It follows the story of a survivor or school violence.
Independent film producer and actress Grace McPhillips of Sterling Rock is the force behind the movie and the prequel "Eclipse," which will have a Chicago screening and a free release online. The release of "Eclipse" is set for Dec. 14, 2013, the one-year anniversary of the horrible shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
The build-up to both productions has started already with "Declare Non-Violence Videos" that feature local youth and cast members speaking out against school violence. Those videos are being promoted online through the film's website and a dedicated YouTube channel. Others are encouraged to make their own non-violence videos and post them.
"The Other One" production team is partnering with Cure Violence, Build Chicago, UCAN and other organizations promoting peace, reconciliation and non-violence. Producers are looking for financial support to help pay for wrapping up production and releasing the film. Visit the movie's website for more information about how you can help. They've already raised $30,000 of the $75,000 budget through individual donations.
"This film is in remembrance of those affected by the violence, and in hope that we can find a way to end it," writer/director Joe Steiff said.