BUFFALO – A Pan-American film shot in Gerry is set to debut this Friday.
Titled Mother’s Day, the project is based on a true story about how mental illness changed the relationship between a mother and her son.
The film is directed by Travis Carlson, who was born in Gerry and whom the story is based upon. The movie features Artvoice award winner Lisa Ludwig and actor Michael Charles Wagner.
Shot in Gerry and Heritage Village, the production utilizes what’s known as a “continuous shot” that helps bring the movie to life.
“My mother and I felt that, while personal, it might help others to understand the realities of mental illness and the power that comes from being vulnerable,” explained Carlson.
According to Carlson, the feature is a “grassroots, largely volunteer project [that] will help raise awareness around mental illness and its impact on their loved ones.”
“The community support was extraordinary,” said Producer Megan Gonsalves. “Not only in being able to shoot in the actual locations of the real events, but also in the fund-raiser we eventually needed to set up.”
It was also noted that a month-long fundraising goal was met in just 24 hours and eventually was doubled, allowing the crew to complete the film.
The screenplay will premiere on June 18 at the North Park Theatre in Buffalo. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and red carpet attire is strongly encouraged. It will show there for one week before making its way over to the Big Apple’s Museum of the Moving Image. Furthermore, on June 21st and 7 p.m. a panel of mental health experts will hold a “focused talkback event” as well.