A new documentary project challenges the stereotypes associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by highlighting veterans who live successful lives after combat, the Military Times reports.
Director Derek Brown led “The Face of PTSD” filmmaking team with a mission to show that veterans manage and overcome PTSD in a variety ways. The project aims to combat the exacerbated way that PTSD is portrayed by Hollywood.
“We believe that the mainstream media has chosen to go with stories that have shock value, rather than telling the stories of veterans who deal with the disorder but still lead highly productive lives,” said Brown.
He continued, “This has created a mischaracterization of those with the disorder as violent, abusive, or addicted. We will show how that mischaracterization is a leading cause for veterans not seeking treatment, and thus further perpetuating the problem.”
Brown hopes the feature-length film will increase awareness and challenge the stigma against PTSD.
To promote the movie, “The Face of PTSD” team is using the hashtag #treatmentNOTjudgement.
Malka Media, a New Jersey-based content studio, is producing the documentary.
Funding for the film is coming from an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign led by Malka Media. Backpacks for Life and Soldiers’ Angels – veterans-focused charities – are also working with project funding through special incentives for donations.
Brown was inspired to launch this project after he met Colin Wayne Erwin, an Army veteran who has PTSD. Since serving in the military, Erwin has become an elite fitness model and founded a sign company.
“Once I got to know his story, and the things he had to overcome, I knew we had to make this film,” said Brown.
“The Face of PTSD” is currently in pre-production. To help fund the project, visit the Indiegogo page.