It has been a long, hard road to complete My Autopsy, a feature length independent film about the progression of a woman's journey to escape the invisible chains of an abusive relationship. We did a lot of fundraising - including dinners at restaurants, a "paint and wine" night, and also benefit rock shows. A lot of our sets were donated, and it was cheaper to film in West Virginia than anywhere else. Crowdfunding has been an uphill battle as well. We are currently working on finishing funds at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sbefilms/my-autopsy-film-finishing-fund-campaign.
This project started ten years ago when Director, Holly Mollohan of Screaming Butterfly Entertainment began writing My Autopsy. As a survivor of domestic violence, the subject matter contained within the script pages of this film is close to her heart. However, being the creative soul that she is, she didn't want this film to be another feel-good sigh of relief. This film is hard, dark, and impactful. It is an exploration of the darker side of love and obsession, and how an emotional autopsy is sometimes necessary to realize one's own power.
Set in the environment of a gritty local music scene, the film examines Rachel’s fall into the abyss and her ultimate realization of self in a hard hitting, “no holds barred” fashion. It’s sex, drugs, rock and roll, and stream of consciousness poetry with a dreamlike emotional twist. It’s a tale where it is discovered that within even the most broken woman hides a strong person who will eventually break out of the emotional cell in which she is imprisoned. She will find that she has the inner strength to not only tackle life on her own, but to effectively exorcise the demons from her past.
In June of 2018 as the time to turn dream to reality loomed, Director Holly brought Producer Serenity on the project. Serenity is also a survivor of domestic violence and has poured her entire heart and soul into making Holly's journey a reality. Eric, who has a passion for real and gritty storytelling, jumped at the chance to join the team and came on as Assistant Director. Together the three friends and colleagues embarked further on the path to make this film a raging success.
The screenplay has won awards at several film festivals including the Silver Ace Award at the 2011 Las Vegas International Film Festival, Official Finalist at the 2011 Beverly Hills International Film Festival, Award of Excellence at the 2012 Canada International Film Festival, and Second Place at the 2011 Appalachian Film Festival.
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