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Mental Illness Film Won't Be Made In Ridgefield

According to the IndiGoGo page producers hope to send 'Illness' to film festivals around the world. But Ridgefield officials say that the film will not be filmed in Ridgefield.
According to the IndiGoGo page producers hope to send 'Illness' to film festivals around the world. But Ridgefield officials say that the film will not be filmed in Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Via IndieGoGo.com

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – The film about mental illness that was set to be filmed in Ridgefield won’t be happening, First Selectman Rudy Marconi said.

According to Marconi’s office the town won’t allow the filming to take place. And town officials said that they have had no request to film from the company.

The production company, Demian Pictures , says on its website that they are “a motion picture production company committed to its mission of providing audiences with high quality, innovative and risk-taking films.”

And a film about mental illness in the wake of one of the Newtown massacre, one of the worst school shootings in U.S. history, is considered by many to be taking a risk.

On The Daily Voice’s Facebook page residents questioned the sensitivity of producing such a film so close to Newtown and so soon afterwards.

“It is in poor taste. If this is interpreted as a First Amendment issue, then we should find out where it is being filmed and exercise our First Amendment rights in protest against it,” Bob Jewell posted.

A Facebook page for the film company where details and information about the film were posted has been taken down. But on IndiGogo , a crowdsourcing website for filmmakers, the film will be titled “Illness”.

According to the synopsis it will be about “a thirteen-year-old boy with a terrible mental illness, and the ever-growing fear of his parents after they learn about the shooting in Newtown in December 2012.”

“We are not doing a movie about the Newtown tragedy but about mental illness ,” Director Jonathan Bucari told The Daily Voice in an email.

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