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Synopsis: A young man (Rickey Powell, Jr.) sits down to discuss his feelings, thoughts, and experiences with depression, anxiety, and PTSD in a therapeutic session. As he speaks, he begins to peel back the layers that make him who he his, while struggling to find balance in his life. Living like this can be like fighting for air…and fighting for your life.


Not Rated



Run Time

16 minutes


Rickey Powell (The Young Man)

Directed by

Kevin Woods

Prod. Company

Dead Horse Productions LLC -

Director's Statement

I never understood depression or anxiety until it happened to me. I was once one of those “hey, just get over it” kind of guys…you know, the ones who believe that depression wasn’t that big of a deal, and that people just want attention or others to feel sorry for them. Yep. That was me. Then I experienced it first-hand. It was so gradual I didn’t notice it at first, but others recognized it. It wasn’t until my first suicide attempt that I finally got the help (and knowledge) that I needed. Now I know. Now I understand. And now I want to help educate those who may not understand (or those who think as I once did) the importance of mental health awareness. I wrote “Fighting for Air” based on my own experiences, as well as those of my collaborative partner and actor Rickey Powell, Jr., and the reception to our little project has been wonderful. I’m delighted with how much this short has resonated with some people, while educating others. We’re really excited to have been selected for the Virtual REEL Recovery Film Festival and hope that audiences enjoy our film.

Director's Bio

Kevin Woods is an award-winning producer, writer, director, and occasional actor. He frequently collaborates on films with his producing partner and mentor Adam Minarovich (of “The Walking Dead” and “Pawn Shop Chronicles”), and was once dubbed “the indie horror specialist” by for his work in the horror genre. Several of his films, including “Buy Sell Kill: A Flea Market Story” (2004), “Wiseguys vs. Zombies” (2003), and “Bath” (2009), were featured in the South Carolina State Museum’s yearlong exhibit on film titled “Hollywood Comes To South Carolina: A Century of Filmmaking in the Palmetto State”.

Country of Origin

United States

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