Former ‘GH:NS’ star Ethan Rains (Dr. Leo Julian) has been busy since the soap spin off came to an end in 2008.
Rains has done an impressive body of recent work including roles on ‘24,’ ‘CSI: Miami,’ and most recently ‘NCIS.’ Rains returned to daytime briefly in 2011 as ‘Days of Our Lives’ character ‘Horace.’
At the moment, Rains has an exciting new project to share. The actor, writer, artist, and up and coming director is currently raising funds for a new short film called ‘Still Here.’
‘Still Here’ is near and dear to Rains’ heart and soul. The film is inspired by a true story involving Rains younger cousin Erfaan. At only 19, the young man was given some devastating news in error. It was news that dramatically impacted his life and the lives of his family members.
‘I was visiting my cousin who had recently moved to the states from Iran. We played catch up that evening. I hadn't seen him in over a decade and inquired about the state of the country as well as his own personal experiences with it. He shared a number of stories but one of them left me with intrigue and heightened curiosity: At 19 he was diagnosed with cancer and a week later he was told it was a misdiagnosis due to an error the hospital made regarding his results,’ Rains told me in a recent interview. ‘Questions on life, death, surrender, dreams, forgiveness, and hope began to surface for me,’ Rains shared.
Rains was inspired upon hearing about Erfaan’s story. A few months later, he began writing ‘Still Here.’
In addition to co-writing the film, Rains makes his debut as a director.
As for his upcoming experience as a director, Rains said,
‘I currently have my producer hat on and with that comes its own anxieties. I haven't even gotten to the directing phase yet, but check back with me in a month and I'll tell you! That's been the process, slipping into a particular responsibility and working that muscle. They are all as equally important, from writing, to producing, and finally directing.’
‘Still Here’ is truly a family project. Rains’ younger brother Dominic (Dr. Leo Julian, ‘GH’/’GH:NS’) stars in the film as the lead male character.
Also in the film – veteran actor Alan Rosenberg (‘LA Law,’ ‘Cybill,’ ‘Chicago Hope,’ ‘The Guardian’).
Rains speaks quite highly of Rosenberg, and with good reason. The actor has been prominent in film, television, and on the stage.
‘My brother Dominic did a play with Alan called ‘Cycles.’ It was 45 minutes in length, one set up, and no breaks. I must have seen the play at least four times. The evolution of the performances as well as Dominic and Alan's dynamic together was captivating. I fantasized about sneaking in a camera and capturing the whole thing. Alan is a powerhouse. He is a charismatic, spontaneous, emotionally equipped and passionate actor. He also has the weight, depth and vulnerability of the character I have written. It is a very difficult part to cast because of its age range, multi-dimensional qualities and the characters arc, portrayed in 14 pages. We are lucky and proud to have him on board,’ Rains told me about Rosenberg.
Rains and his team are currently in the fundraising stage of the new short film. Rains is using Indiegogo as his fundraising forum.
So far, they’ve raised an impressive $10,000 to fund the film. With 18 days to go, Rains' hope is to raise an amount of $18,000 - a few thousand dollars over the project's $15,000 goal. Rains is aiming high so the fundraising effort can cover Indiegogo's fees as well as the project's 5% donation to the American Cancer Society.
The outpouring of support for the film has come from family, fans, friends, and even some unexpected places.
‘The response has been amazing! The general consensus is that we've been doing exceptionally well in such a short period. Various independent bloggers that receive a high volume of traffic have reached out to us after noticing the project's successful progress and featured us on their sites. We are lucky and count our blessings with each donation. It's incredibly heartwarming. Some contributors I have grown up with, others I've known for several years, and a few I've never met. The support that we have received, has been eye opening and heartwarming. In a way it’s navigated my perspective on people and life in an inspiring way that invites more faith and gratitude. The current measure of the campaign's progress proves that people believe in the story. As a filmmaker I feel purely at service to that. Because of the stories content, I have also decided to share 5% of total donations with American Cancer Society. I believe that it's important for people, they feel more involved. We can help while we make a movie. This film is our backers’ project as much as it is ours,’ Rains shared.
Please take a moment to learn more about ‘Still Here’ and the talented group of people working to make the film a reality. To learn more about ‘Still Here’ or to make a donation, please click this link.
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