September is Suicide Prevention Month, so it’s the perfect time to release the trailer for the new movie from Free Lane Films, Beyond the Bridge. I can’t wait to see it — and I’ll be posting the link here as soon as it’s available on September 12. That’s just five days from today!
Here’s a synopsis of the story: “Beyond the Bridge is a story about suicide told through the lives of three people: an award-winning therapist dealing with the guilt of losing his twin brother to suicide, a 2nd generation Cuban-American afraid to reveal his true identity as a gay man, and a washed-up rock star battling addiction in the midst of losing it all.
Dr. Dahneesh Sanders (played by Elijah Britton) dedicated his life to the research of mental illness after the death of his brother Danny. Following the release of book entitled Beyond the Bridge, Dahneesh attempts to get rid of his guilt and redeem himself by providing therapy to a teenage boy who reminds him of his fallen brother. (I play the teenage boy, Jacob Carter, and I find and read Dahnessh’s book without him knowing it. My character provides a “plot twist” in the story.)
Sammy Jiminez (played by Nathan Guerra) has been hiding the fact that he’s gay for over half of his life. He’s given up Each day is just a measurement of time counting down to its inevitable end. The thought of being rejected by his father is worse than death and the glimmer of hope that he might be accepted by his dad is the only thing keeping him alive.
Kano Hibiki (played by Michael Nguyen) has lost everything worth living for in his life. His band. His girlfriend. His daughter. He finds himself on a path of self-destruction before a serendipitous encounter with an admirer.
Three people… Three separate lives… all connected by their desire to make sense of their individual realities.”
When we first saw the script, my grandmother almost didn’t let me audition for it. That’s because she doesn’t like for me to take on roles that set a bad example, or involve violence, and she was worried that this movie might glamorize suicide. But once we talked to the filmmakers, and saw the whole script, it was clear that the movie does anything BUT glamorize suicide. It’s a powerful anti-suicide story, and the character I got to play has a pivotal role in showing just how hard it can be to predict or prevent suicide.
I’m super excited about the trailer. You never know if your character will be featured in a trailer or not, but I hope I make it into this one. I’m even more excited about the final film, but I don’t have a release date for that yet.
Please check back here on Tuesday for a link to the trailer!