I have something a bit different today.
I have a good friend (and fellow OYANer) who is a filmmaker. Actually, I have several friends who are filmmakers (woot, Christian filmmakers!) but I'm only talking about one of them here.
This is his next project:
“To Turn Back Time” is the story of John, who has just graduated college, when he wakes up one morning to discover that his long deceased father is alive. After getting to know his father—something he’s longed for his entire life—he discovers his dad’s presence isn’t the only thing that’s different. The rest of his family has changed too, along with his own ability to help his girlfriend Alyssa through the death of her mother. In the end, he’s faced with a terrible choice: to stay in the world where his father lives and lose the man he’s become, or give it up for the sake of the love of those around him.
Here's a video with some of the cast and crew talking about this film:
Why am I posting about it?
Well, besides the fact that I think it looks amazing, they need funding to be able to make this film. From the website:
The story of “To Turn Back Time” is intensely personal to writer / director, Keifer Lucchi, who lived through the death of his father at the age of seven. As memories and buried emotions started to resurface, Lucchi allowed himself to deal with what had happened for the first time in his life, and the story for “To Turn Back Time” was born.As a friend of Keifer's, I can further vouch for his desire to glorify God through Film and Story--and the way he strives for the quality in his work that will make the stories that much more powerful.
Lucchi has felt a call to make the movie since its inception, as a memorial to Michael Lucchi, the father he never got to know. Lucchi also wishes to create an emotional offering to all those who have lost loved ones, and who may still find hope even in the pain and death, while creating a story that will allow others to stand by and support those who’ve gone through something similar.
But he’s already not the only member of the cast and crew to share a personal affinity to the story.
Christina Espiritu, the actress slated to play the part of John’s girlfriend, Alyssa, witnessed the death of her own mother, Melissa Espiritu, to cancer just over two years before principle photography. Christina’s experiences were eerily similar to what Alyssa experiences in the film, which is dedicated to her mother as well. It’s our honor to have such an actress on-board to bring life to a character that represents so many who have lost loved ones in a similar way.
By the grace of God, so much has already come together toward this film. During the pre-production process we’ve already been blessed in so many ways! However: the time has come for the final pull before production can begin, and to really get the ball rolling we need $10,000.
We need money to rent and purchase top-of-the-line film equipment to make this idea a reality. We need your help and support to make this possible.
Please help us share this story with the world, and, in doing so, provide some measure of hope, peace and closure for those who have lost someone dear to them. Donations to our kickstarter campaign can be made here, both on behalf of those who were lost and those who watched them go.
- The Cast and Crew of “To Turn Back Time”
I don't want to be an arm-twister, so I'm not going to beg and plead at this moment but just ask you to pray about backing this project--and as he's said, even $5 donations will add up! If you further feel like spreading the word about this, that would also help immensely. The website is here and you can donate here. If the project doesn't get fully funded in 20 days, you don't pay anything.
Thank you for reading and God bless!