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one friend who the character of Inez is based on more closely than anyone else . But the interesting thing is when I began talking about it and seeking financing among the circle of people I knew , people started opening up to me about things which had happened in their own experience or their family . It was like , “ Gosh , I ’ ve known this person for five years . I had no idea that their brother was institutionalized .” It reminded me of something we all know - that some subjects are so uncomfortable and taboo that we don ’ t talk enough about them . I am very concerned with end of life issues politically , but ultimately this is just trying to portray a story of these people and say we should be having more conversations about this . There are no answers here . I ’ m not pretending to be any kind of authority for any answers , but I do hope that it may inspire people to think about these things more and maybe talk about them more .
One of the lines which hit me was , “ Would you marry somebody with a mental illness ?” That ’ s a whole conversation right there . Between the mental illness , the drugs , alcoholism , and how we all deal with grief differently , there ’ s a lot to focus on . If you could have people walk away with just one thing - what would you like them to think about ? I recently went through a very close friend who had to be involuntarily committed following a psychotic breakdown . It reminded me that all of the stuff we think of as our personality , our character , and our self - all of it is just a bunch of chemical reactions in the brain . Something can happen to trigger an episode . It ’ s just a chemistry lab upstairs and if you knock over one beaker …. I think

one friend who the character of Inez is based on more closely than anyone else . But the interesting thing is when I began talking about it and seeking financing among the circle of people I knew , people started opening up to me about things which had happened in their own experience or their family . It was like , “ Gosh , I ’ ve known this person for five years . I had no idea that their brother was institutionalized .” It reminded me of something we all know - that some subjects are so uncomfortable and taboo that we don ’ t talk enough about them . I am very concerned with end of life issues politically , but ultimately this is just trying to portray a story of these people and say we should be having more conversations about this . There are no answers here . I ’ m not pretending to be any kind of authority for any answers , but I do hope that it may inspire people to think about these things more and maybe talk about them more .

One of the lines which hit me was , “ Would you marry somebody with a mental illness ?” That ’ s a whole conversation right there . Between the mental illness , the drugs , alcoholism , and how we all deal with grief differently , there ’ s a lot to focus on . If you could have people walk away with just one thing - what would you like them to think about ? I recently went through a very close friend who had to be involuntarily committed following a psychotic breakdown . It reminded me that all of the stuff we think of as our personality , our character , and our self - all of it is just a bunch of chemical reactions in the brain . Something can happen to trigger an episode . It ’ s just a chemistry lab upstairs and if you knock over one beaker …. I think

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