The film, Sister, written and produced by David Lascher and Todd Camhe, premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in the Spotlight Section on Friday, April 25, 2014 in New York City. Starring Reid Scott, Barbara Hershey, Grace Kaufman, Nadine Velazquez, Serinda Swan, John Heard and Illeana Douglas, the film follows one family’s moral and social journey in dealing with an 11-year-old’s diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) including medication, family, education and social perception.
Sister is inspired by Lascher’s personal experience and the struggles he encountered dealing with and understanding his sister’s ADHD diagnosis. The movie centers on Billy Presser (Reid Scott) who left his home in Long Island at 17 to pursue an acting career and escape his dysfunctional family. He returns to his hometown after the death of his father and discovers his bipolar mother (Barbara Hershey) needs him to look after his adopted 11-year-old sister, Niki (Grace Kaufman), whom he barely knows and who has been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and depression. With his marriage in shambles and not understanding his sister’s violent and impulsive behavior, Billy embarks on a journey of saving his sister and, in the process, himself. Sister addresses the polemic issue of youth psychotropic drug prescription with restraint and sensitivity.
“Bringing my personal story of Sister to the screen is a dream come true,” said Co-writer and Director, David Lascher. “I hope it entertains and inspires, as well as brings awareness to these issues that need to be discussed nationally more often.”
The movie stars Reid Scott (Veep) in the lead role of Billy, Barbara Hershey as his tragically widowed and bipolar mother, and Grace Kaufman (The Last Ship, Bad Teacher) in the role of Niki, his young sister dealing with her diagnosis. The talented cast includes Illeana Douglas, John Heard, Alexis Dziena (Entourage), Nadine Velazquez (Flight, The League), Adam Shapiro (Now You See Me), Serinda Swan (Graceland) and Skyler Stone (Raising Hope).
“This was by far the most satisfying acting experience I’ve ever had,” said actor Reid Scott. “As soon as we wrapped, I wanted to do it all over again.”
Sister is the first initiative of Our Kids First Foundation,. Along with Board Members Jeffrey Altman, Dylan Lauren, Warren Lichtenstein and Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, the goal of the foundation is to champion these causes and give the children and their families dealing with these gifts the support they need to reach their potential.
“We created Our Kids First Foundation because we felt a need to tell our story and help children and families dealing with these issues,” said Co-writer and Producer, Todd Camhe. “There are many misconceptions on treatment and diagnosis and we hope to be impactful in starting a conversation.”
Lascher and Camhe believe that films have the power to transcend cultural differences and unite people via shared human experience as they have the ability to teach, inspire and encourage conversation. Through Sister, they hope to bring attention to the questions that need to be addressed about ADD/ADHD among other related gifts.