Wait Im Still Here
- Visual Arts
"Wait! I'm Still Here" is a film which seeks the answer to why mental disorders have reached epidemic proportions in the US compared to the rest of the world
Please stop for a moment and let this sink into your conscious mind. Imagine if you will that one in five Americans is taking some type of psychotropic drug. Imagine how this would affect individuals, families and our society as a whole. Ok. Now, understand that this is not fiction but FACT! Stop and think about this for a moment, 1 in 5 people in the United States are talking some form of prescribed psychotropic drug! This is an extremely scary statistic. But what does it actually mean? Our film “Wait! I’m Still Here” is much more than a statistic regurgitation of percentages. Our documentary feature asks many hard hitting questions regarding this epidemic and opens a dialog of credible exploration from doctors, scientists, practitioners and most importantly patients and their families. We explore first hand what it means to have a mental illness and what are the ramifications of prescribed psychotropic drug use? How accurate are the diagnoses of mental illness, are they truly getting the proper help that they so badly need and how does this truly affect the individuals and families of people with mental illness emotionally and financially?
The director, Kevin Reem of “Wait I’m Still Here”, a most important documentary, has been through this on a personal level. [Kevin] ”My daughter was the catalyst and inspiration for this film. After seven excruciating years of false diagnosis, heavy drug treatment and psychotherapy, not to mention thousands of dollars spent, my family was astonished and heartbroken about the fact that we were no closer to a cure than when we first started”.
“Wait! I’m Still Here” opens a true, unadulterated, honest discussion about mental illness and delivers a message of hope for many who find themselves on a journey into a numbing and oftentimes perilous void.
It is very probable that you know someone or a family that has been affected by this, perhaps even in your own family. Please donate now and help us to spread the word through this extremely important documentary that could possibly help millions of people in a positive and life affirming way.
WHY WE’RE MAKING THIS FILM
Personal note from Kevin Reem, Producer/Director.
"For me the making of this film, “Wait! I’m Still Here”, is of a personal nature. My daughter at age five started to act unusual, at age nine she started to show signs of sudden and extreme mood swings, extreme anger, excessive fear and paranoid thoughts, worry and high levels of anxiety, suicidal tendencies as well as depression. By the time she was age 11 we had her in a therapeutic school. Over the following seven years my wife and I enrolled her in four different therapeutic boarding schools, two of which were out of state. As she went from bad to worse we tried extreme therapy and psychotropic drug treatment, the result of which there has been very little change. The stress of this experience on me personally led to a heart attach. To this day we still do not have a definitive diagnosis, even after thousands of dollars were spent on tests and therapy. This documentary is an attempt to uncover the elusive question of why vast majorities of people like my daughter are not getting better."
Personal note from Jim LeGoy, Producer/DP/Editor.
"I was profoundly moved when we first starting shooting this film. Seldom over my 30 years experience in the film industry have I witness the passion of doctors and patients wanting to make a change, wanting to uncover “the problem.”
WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT
Originally the film started as a work for hire, however, because of a conflict of interest,
the initial investors could no longer fund the film. We felt that the importance of this documentary had to be made. We feel that this film will have a positive effect on our society in the way Mental Illness is handled in the future. Although we are producing this project for free, there are costs, such as music rights, graphics, audio mixing, festival and distribution costs. We believe the film will effect lives and shed light on why is it that the vast majority of mental illness patients are not getting better? Is there hope for normalcy?
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU