Ed Schwartzmann, the man who brought the movie "My Suicide" to Bloomington, will host a free screening for student filmmakers
Friday, October 22
The movie will go till about 5:30 and then afterward the lead actor, who's a few years older than most students, will take questions. He's in just about every shot, and holds the camera as much as the DP or Director do throughout the film. He's traveled all around, lived primarily out on the west coast, and will provide some very valuable insight to student filmmakers.
Beyond all of that though and more importantly is the message of the film. The IU Dean of Students recently announced suicide rates are higher this semester than ever before. If nothing else, this film helps get the conversation started. For more information, see below.
My Suicide is a darkly comic, uncensored look at teen life in the 21st Century as seen through the eyes of a lonely high school student who becomes an instant community celebrity when he announces plans for his own suicide. Starring David Carradine (in his last film), Joe Mantegna, Mariel Hemingway, and Nora Dunn, this groundbreaking feature film has won over 21 major international film festival awards, including the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
My Suicide also marks the theatrical feature debut of an extraordinary young actor - Gabriel Sunday (Now You See It) of Petaluma, California – who at 20 is already an experienced actor, stand-up comic, gifted impressionist, world-class magician and experienced filmmaker. It is Sunday who becomes Archie Williams, a latter-day Howard Beale of Network fame – ranting about issues that affect increasingly disconnected teens in today’s media saturated society.
“When I read [the]script, I knew I had to be in it,” said the late David Carradine. “This film is about the ability to remake yourself and about killing the person in you that you don’t care for, which is something I’ve done personally three or four different times.
Can My Suicide save lives too? That’s the hope of writer/director Miller, who hopes the film will change attitudes toward suicide and simultaneously illuminate one of this country’s silent killers.
“No one talks about teen suicide, and yet it’s one of the deadliest killers of young people every year. The kids aren’t talking about suicide, the parents are afraid to talk about it and professionals appear to be powerless. So how do you reach the teens? Through a kick-ass film."