Welcome Dear Readers!
We have a special guest blogger with us today straight from Hollywood! I’m also giving away a signed copy of The Wounded Warrior’s Wife & a $5 Starbucks Gift Card to one winner! Be sure to enter below using the Giveaway Tools function at the end of this post.
Now, please give a warm Tennessee welcome to Michael Gier!
Michael is an actor, director, and producer who has been in the entertainment industry for over 35 years. He owns and runs Silver Dove Productions, LLC and has produced/directed over 160 Film, TV Commercial, and corporate projects.
Michael is currently working on a movie that has themes very near and dear to my heart, but I’ll let him tell you all about it. Thanks for being here today, Michael. Fill us in on what’s going on in your part of Hollywood.
There are millions suffering from PTSD with at least 22 Veterans a day taking their own lives; one every 65 minutes. Veterans are reluctant to acknowledge PTSD and get the help they need because of the negative stigma associated with it. It’s a sad fact that over 50 percent of veterans suffering from PTSD go untreated. To change that statistic, I am producing a film called Wounded Warriors to bring more awareness and understanding about PTSD.
The film is inspired by true stories and focuses on the reconciliation between two veterans, a father and a son. The son battles with PTSD, which actually began in childhood when his Vietnam War-traumatized father failed to deal with his own demons. The emotional abuse the boy suffers is intensified by later experiences in Afghanistan, and he turns to alcohol to deal with it. The film not only highlights the effects of PTSD on a young Veteran’s family, but also the courage it takes the entire family to overcome his difficult battles.
I have teamed up with experienced filmmakers including Screenwriter Bob Burris, Line Producer Patrick Ingram, and Associate Producer Teres Byrne, Vietnam War consultant Tom Matteo (recipient of six Purple Heart Medals), and songwriter Roger Stephens (who wrote the song “Wounded Warrior,” performed by Billy Dean). Our hope is that the movie will help audiences understand what our soldiers go through and instill in viewers a sense of gratitude for their service and the protection they offer.
One of the things I’m most excited about is that we are going to give back a huge chunk of the film’s net profits. Normally investors fund a film and receive 50% of the net profits, however for this project we are funding the film through individuals and corporate donations so that we will be able to donate that 50% to non-profit organizations that benefit veterans.
Not only can individuals and corporations make donations to the film, but the website also includes a page full of fundraising ideas for those who would like to go above and beyond. It can be as simple as having a yard sale to sell items that are no longer wanted or listing those items for sale on craigslist/ebay. It could be a group of people that get together to do a car wash or organize a large VIP event with entertainment, a silent auction, and more. It can literally be anything that you can think of to raise money that will help get this film produced.
I have received emails from all over the country from soldiers and family members expressing their gratitude for this movie. It’s a story that needs to be told and with the generous donations of Americans who believe in and support our military, this film will get made. What a powerful gift it will be from the people of America to our military and their families.
Go to the film’s website and watch the promo video, donate, and sign up to be in our email database to receive updates on the film’s progress, www.WoundedWarriorsMovie.com.
How can we help Michael get the word out about this movie, and help to raise funds? I’m encouraging my readers to take the #BigTenChallenge. Share this movie info with 10 people via email and or social media, and donate $10 to its production.
Remember to enter to win a signed copy of The Wounded Warrior’s Wife & a $5 Starbucks Gift Card using the giveaway share tools below!
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