As an actor, I have been fortunate enough to portray a variety of roles, playing characters from all walks of life. In my next role, I am moving behind the camera to bring you SISTER, loosely allowing life to imitate art. I speak to you not as an actor, but as President of Our Kids First Foundation.
My younger sister was diagnosed with ADD at the age of 5. I had already moved to Los Angeles and wasn’t really aware of what my family was dealing with. All I knew was that Carly had a disorder and she was always on a different medication.
When I got married and started a family of my own I began to think about, and worry, who would take care of Carly if anything happened to my parents.
That fear was the original idea for the screenplay “Sister”.
When my father died suddenly that fear became a reality. I was thrust into the role of making sure that Carly was well taken care of and that she was being given the opportunity to reach her full potential. I was constantly talking with her doctors and educators and getting quite an education myself. I found it shockingly difficult to get accurate and consistent information regarding Carly’s ADD and depression and I felt very alone in this role. There was so much confusion and fear, as a brother watching Carly suffer. Was the diagnosis correct, was she being treated properly?
I found myself compelled to write the story that became the screenplay for “Sister”. I realized that I could use the powerful medium of film to tell a very personal story, and one that is representative of the struggles that so many kids and families are facing. “Sister” is just one story out of ten million that will raise awareness and stimulate discussion about a serious issue that is growing every day – and to let families know that they are not alone.
As my writing partner and I began researching the issues of ADD/ADHD and childhood depression, it amazed us how few charities there were in relation to the epidemic this has become. The importance of making the film “Sister” became even more meaningful to me. And beyond the film, I wanted to make sure there would be an organization dedicated solely to giving children and families dealing with ADD/ADHD and depression the information and support that they need.
To make sure that they know they are not alone.
Almost everyone I have spoken to about our project has some connection to an ADHD diagnosis. Whether it’s their child, a parent, a niece, a friend’s kid – everyone is aware but at the same time we know so little. There are so many questions about the “how’s” and “why’s” of the diagnosis and treatments, the fact remains that there are an incredible number of kids and parents that need information, compassion, and support.
A lot of people ask me, “Why donate to a film?” And to that I answer, film has the power to transcend all cultural differences and unite people in a truly human experience. Films live on forever and they teach, inspire, and encourage conversation and debate. Film has the amazing ability to move an audience and leave a lasting impression. Film can, and often does lead to profound change. It’s beyond showing up to a fundraising dinner.
While our film and foundation don’t purport to have all the answers to the difficult questions, we do feel that we will bring attention to the questions that need to be addressed.
Through the support and generous donations of our distinguished board, we have begun to raise the money necessary to produce the film, but we need your help. Please donate what you can and help us get the word out.
Thank you for support.
- David Lascher