Premiering at this year’s fest was the film “I’m Fine” by IVP Productions and Hope for the Day, a local not for profit that helps teens and adolescents through tough times.
This particular project follows the story of two high school students who could be at risk of suicide.
“We’re trying to start the conversation regarding suicide awareness, not necessarily prevention because these are conversations that need to be had especially with at risk youth and adolescents,” said Screenwriter of the film, April Johnson.
The film’s message resonated with local mom, Lisa Gangi – who isn’t known around town as an actress but wanted to help get the conversation of suicide awareness started.
“I’m a mother and my kids are now teenagers, and a couple years ago we were going through a lot of changes with moving, and hormones. And I thought if there is a way I can lend a little bit of my own experience, or however I might be able to help, I knew it would be a wonderful collaboration,” said Gangi.
And it’s not just the actors that will look familiar, “I’m Fine” used Naperville Central High School, Pioneer Park, and local homes during filming.
“It really provides a sense of this is any town, this could happen anywhere including Naperville. And the fact there is such a vibrant independent film festival community that could bring this to an audience, you can’t go wrong,” Gangi said.
Film festival creator, and local filmmaker himself Edmond Coisson was honored to have a film with such a powerful message premiere at the fest.
“I know the filmmaker and it’s just like I know how she feels, I recently did my premiere here and I can see where she is, it’s just a moment she will never forget,” said Coisson.
Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale reports.
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