Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 2020 --(PR.com
)-- "I CHOSE LIFE" was first announced in January 2016 on the Starseed Pictures official YouTube channel with a teaser video featuring Jared Padalecki (star of the WB show "Supernatural"). The documentary takes a look at many issues within the suicide crisis. The film also follows the story behind the feature movie, "The Last Train," which is based on the true life events of Anthony Montes, who attempted to end his life by jumping in front of a train. "I CHOSE LIFE" covers suicide in history and cultures of the past to the present, bullying, abuse, mental illness, youth suicide, military and veteran suicides, the LGBTQ community, the effects of nutrition on the brain, warning signs, risk factors, coping mechanisms and solutions.
In March 2015, Jared Padalecki launched his Always Keep Fighting campaign, which was the same month Jacqui Blue began production on her documentary. She was working as a production assistant on a feature film about two people who intended to kill themselves but end up saving each other’s lives. That inspired her to go forward with a documentary on such a taboo topic. The director of "The Last Train," Tracy Pellegrino, helped put Jacqui in touch with Jared later that year as both are passionate about ending the stigma associated with suicide. Jared talks about losing friends to suicide, bullying, his own struggles with mental health and how he learned to cope by retraining his neurons. Jared says, "It can get really dangerous when you start thinking you're going to be doing somebody else a favor by removing your stress from their life."
Emmy nominated hip hop artist and actor, T.O.N.E-z, known for his work on the show "Justified," heard about the project early on and was eager to get involved after losing some people in his life to suicide. He talks about the loss of one of his best friends, who he talked to every day and never saw the signs. "If you've got a friend and you love them, tell 'em that you love them because sometimes people need to hear that without asking," says T.O.N.E.-z
Retired Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Briggs, who is known as the "Guardian of the Golden Gate Bridge" for talking more than 200 people out of jumping to their deaths, is also featured in "I CHOSE LIFE." He talks about his own struggles which led to him working on the bridge. He also discusses what it was like to look in the eyes of someone who was ready to die and what he thinks society needs to do to end this stigma.
South Florida artist and long time friend of Jacqui Blue's, Lisa Parrott-Perz, also known commercially as "Coma Girl," contributed original art to the film, branding it with its own unique style. Another (former) South Florida artist also contributed his art in the form of music. Bruce Witkin, a musician and producer who grew up and honed his craft in South Florida, created an exquisite soundscape which helps emphasize the emotional element. "Without Bruce and Lisa's creative contributions, large chunks of this project would still be in pieces on hard drives," Jacqui Blue expresses.
In the time of a global crisis where many are losing or have lost their sources of income, people are dealing with sudden changes they aren't prepared to deal with, cabin fever is setting in as temperaments rise and the threat of domestic violence increases as does the risk for suicide, this film couldn't come at a more appropriate time. May 7 at 1:00 PM PST / 4:00 PM EST, the documentary will have its online premiere screening, followed by a livestream Q&A with Jacqui Blue and T.O.N.E-z at 3:00 PM PST / 6:00 PM EST. The premiere screening event also includes bonus footage and a free gift worth a $20 value. Tickets are on sale now at the "I CHOSE LIFE" website. May 8 the film will be available for rent or purchase on the official website at the same prices one would expect to pay to rent or purchase a new release on Amazon.
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About Starseed Pictures: Starseed Pictures is an L.A. based independent production company with three main divisions: documentary, entertainment and small business. Starseed Pictures was founded in 2014 by Jacqui Blue with the birth of the internationally acclaimed documentary, Beautiful Births.