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Synopsis: It seems when we look at personal problems and global strife, there is a disconnect between behavior, perspective and responsibility. We tend to see ourselves as an insignificant piece of a greater whole, our thoughts and actions having minimal impact. However, it is only by looking at the bigger picture that we can see how our lives have a lasting imprint personally, professionally and globally.

The premise is how we learn from and give to everyone we meet. The extent and benefit of sharing and giving depends on the level of perception. Being can be a stream of contentment or a sea of frustration. Indeed, addiction to negative beliefs and emotions can lead us down a lonely path of unfulfilled dreams and lack of purpose; however, positive beliefs and healthy emotions can transform the quality of life not just for ourselves but for everyone in our lives.

The 30 minute screenplay contrasts what we learn in the innocence of childhood and the sometime distorted perspective clouding our adulthood. Viewers learn the reasons for addictions, self-loathing, and why we cannot get what we think we need while widening the context of how we look at ourselves, others, and the world. Viewers learn how to understand the people and circumstances around them – and to know in every moment they have the gift of impact.

The stigma of mental health is dispelled in this short film that will stimulate self-reflection and discussion.

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30 minutes


Alan Chriest (Narration)

Directed by

Alan J. Chriest

Director's Statement

We can learn from everything.

Director's Bio

Alan J. Chriest is an award winning writer-director who endured mental illness for much of his life due to an undiagnosed chemical imbalance. In his fifties, he sought treatment and learned techniques to rewire his brain. In 2007, he opened PowerSplash Project and has since made 140 films on education, business, and mental health. Six of his films have been in fifty film festivals.

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