When Lightning Strikes: The Making and Meaning of a Patriotic Symbol

When Lightning Strikes: The Making and Meaning of a Patriotic Symbol

This blog post, written by Molly Hermann, Producer/Writer/Director of “A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America,” appears on the National Museum of American History’s “O Say Can You See?” blog:

As ubiquitous as grass in a yard or mailboxes along the roadside, for Americans, our flag is the king-daddy of symbols. We planted one on the moon. Visitors tour Washington, D.C., every year wearing them on their t-shirts. The search to make sense of the 9/11 attacks caused such a run on flags you couldn’t buy one for a month. As children, we pledge allegiance to it. Caskets come home draped in it. It reflects and absorbs our beliefs.

You can read the rest of the blog post HERE.

TBF LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR NEW INDIE FILM

TBF LAUNCHES KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR NEW INDIE FILM

UPDATE: The KICKSTARTER campaign was a success! Thank you to everybody who donated, we are overwhelmed with gratitude for your support. If you are still interested in donating to the project, please follow this link to donate with PayPal:

The Biscuit Factory has launched a Kickstarter campaign for our new independent feature film, WRITTEN OFF: The Short, Sad, Beautiful Life of Matt Edwards.

The film challenges the stigma of drug addiction and highlights the issue of prescription drug and opiate abuse by following the individual story of Matt Edwards, a Wisconsin teen who was given Oxycodone after a minor surgery when he was 15 years old.  Matt was immediately hooked, and continued using after his legitimate prescription expired.

The film chronicles his 10 year struggle, his descent into IV drug use and the web of lies he spun to keep his addiction a secret.  He kept a vivid account of his addiction battle in two spiral notebooks,  even chronicling his daily drug intake.  Through the candid lens of Matt’s journals, and those closest to him, the film will explore the family dynamics, secrecy and stigma of opiate addiction at a time when the issue has grown into a national emergency.

Everyday there is another front page tragedy detailing another spectacular fall from grace. But there is no real understanding of the complicated personal experience. All at once, Matt was lovable and despicable, funny and pathetic, young and old, destructive and aware of his failings. In his own words, the film will shift the way people think.