Local talents collaborated to create a short-film, Sarge, bringing awareness for both PTSD and dementia. The short-film premieres tomorrow, May 24th, on-line. To watch this awarded film, visit: www.sargethemovie.com.
Sarge is a short-film placed in a nursing home and following an elderly army veteran who struggles with both dementia and PTSD. He struggles with the daily life of living at a nursing home and wishes he could visit his family, mainly, his granddaughter. In the short-film, he must overcome several obstacles to make it out of the nursing home and visit his family.
The film comes from a personal area for director, Benjamin Dewhurst having taken care of his own grandparents, who lived in a nursing home. Ben talks about his motivation for this film, “In speaking to veterans like my grandfather, I grew up with a sense of pride in those who have served our country. Many of my closest friends have served and are still serving today. I wanted to capture some of the essence of an authentic WWII G.I. with this film, as well as the horror of war – and what it means to relive the war when suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder. SARGE explores its triggers, and its connection to dementia later in life.”
Sarge received several awards during its film festival circuit, including Best Drama at the Saint Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase and the Best Music award at the Reading International Film Festival.
The short-film features several Indiana-native talents including: Joshua Short, Lavell Brooks, Steven Durgam, Shani Salyer Stiles, and Emmanual Carter. It was filmed in Carmel, Indiana in association with local companies, DWA Healthcare Communications Group, Renegade Stories, Inkwell Motion Pictures, Hammer Lighting and Grip, and Talent Fusion.
To view Sarge and to learn more about this project visit, www.sargethemovie.com.