Casting callbacks are underway for a short film that will be shot here in northern Nevada next month. Rebecca Doyle is directing the movie. She is studying Film and Television Production at the University of Southern California. “I think film-making is the most powerful medium to date,” says the 20-year-old.
The Bishop Manogue grad has already directed her fair share of films, but the movie she is heading now just might be the most powerful yet. It is called Bear Claws. "It's a film about a 20-year-old young man who has to reconcile with his family when he comes home to be with his grandma on her death bed. She's suffering from Alzheimer's disease." A fellow USC student wrote the script and Rebecca was drawn to it – especially now. Her father recently diagnosed her friend's dad with the crippling disease. "Watching the love they have for their father and the love he has for them has been very powerful and something worth making a movie about."
The 10-minute movie will be shot in Rebecca’s hometown of Carson City and post-production will happen back down at USC. Then Rebecca plans to screen it at various events; perhaps even on the international film festival circuit. Her number one goal is to bring about awareness for the families battling the disease. She says movie-making is the perfect conduit in which to do it. “We really have an entire medium at our fingertips to convey messages and to increase awareness. That's what I love. It's a very powerful tool."
Making this powerful short film is not cheap. Rebecca hopes to raise about $3,500 to pay for equipment rentals, the crew, transportation, meals on set and even production design. If you would like to help, you will find a PayPal donation button on the Bear Claws movie blog: www.bearclawsmovie.blogspot.com.