Film Featuring Veterans Seeks To Help Those With PTSD
Minos Papas, producer at Cyprian Films, New York, LLC is raising money on RocketHub to fund the production of “Tango on the Balcony,” a film about veterans. Recently, we connected with him to learn about the effort; here’s what he told us.
What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?
“Tango on the Balcony” is a film about Veterans, but not only for Veterans. Our intention is that Veterans and their families may recognize the symptoms of PTSD in the film, and possibly seek help or advice. Moreover, we hope that through the subjective power of narrative film, civilian audiences may understand the challenges faced by many Veterans in transition to civilian life. My personal goal is to create a film that will be authentic and as close to the Veteran experience of transition as possible in order to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress. This is a non-political agenda, being neither for or against the wars, but more of a call for awareness of the epidemic of PTSD challenges faced by Veterans that civilians need to wake up to. The film will also touch on the losses of the Iraqi people. This is one of the most important stories of our time.
How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?
Our goal is to raise $50,000 in order to produce a film with high production values. We will invest in set building, cast and crew, post production audio and special effects to effectively portray the symptoms of PTSD. We also would like to hire Veterans wherever possible who are either already working in the field of independent film, or wish to enter it with an apprenticeship. We have raised over $11,000 so far.
“Tango” RocketHub Fundraiser Video from Minos Papas on Vimeo.
Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?
We want to help Veterans and their families recognize PTSD, and find a therapeutic way to identify with the main character in the film. Storytelling through film can be therapeutic, and we hope to introduce the real challenges of PTSD into our cultural vocabulary. We also want to spread awareness on PTSD that may inform civilians who may have prejudices or misconceptions of what PTSD may be.
What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?
We are offering on screen credits, invitations to script readings, behind the scenes access, chapbooks of the script and full color books of our info graphic. Info graphics are being released daily on our social media sites and are comprised of our original photography by producers, veteran Michael Day and director Minos Papas, and statistics and facts about PTSD, TBI and other challenges Veterans face. We are also going to be offering a special item for a high contributor – a unique piece of art made by a Veteran of the combatpaper.org Workshop, made from materials that were once their uniform.
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