Christi and David Eaton hope to bring awareness, help, and cures when people feel their darkest days and see no hope that they will ever see light again.
Loveland area residents, Christi and David Eaton have been affected by a death by suicide. Loveland Magazine was at Epiphany United Methodist Church late Sunday evening as a set was struck to do video interviews they hope will show the need to produce a full length feature film from a screenplay they have written.
“Hope Bridge” is about suicide, mental illness, and depression. The Eatons hope to bring awareness, help, and cures when people feel their darkest days and see no hope that they will ever see light again.
On Sunday they invited local residents and experts in the field to the church to tape their personal statements about how a movie like the Eatons have written is needed and important. The clips will be used as they seek funding and support.
Hope Bridge is the story of a family like your family,” said David Eaton. “And, up front they seem like everything is normal, but behind the scenes things are not as they seem and as good as they look because one of their children suffers from depression.” Eaton said that in the film some events occur that are nearly tragic. “We decided to do this movie because it was important to us to bring the stigma of mental illness to the forefront,” he said. “And break down that wall - so people can talk about it with their children and friends.”
Christi Eaton said, “As dark as this issue is, there is also a brighter side which is that it is treatable. There is hope beyond your darkest despair moment.” She said that you are not alone because there are others that will join you, and that will support you because they have been in those dark moments also.
Producer Harold Frey said that he believes in the power of film to spark conversations and discussion. He describes it as a very hopeful film that will provide reconciliation. “I think that is one of the things that a great movie is capable of doing. When you walk out of a theater with family or friends, you have discussions.” Frey said that the movie’s power will be that it will talk about suicide prevention in a way that has not been done before.
Frey is the President of Media Missionary School/Flannelgraph. He said Hope Bridge is faith based. “It’s also a story about faith because without faith there is no hope. If there is any hope at all it is in Christ and I think that will be a very important message in the film.”
The film will be shot in the Cincinnati area in June of next year with a release date of early 2014.
Christie Eaton said, “One life lost is one too many.”
“Because mental illness is treatable,” said David Eaton. “And in the end, we want to save lives.