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New Feature Film Combines Drama and A Cause To Deliver A Powerful Statement
By: HobbsStyle Casting & Productions
A State of Mind centers around Darius Thomas who has a family history filled with tragedy. Mental Illness has plagued Thomas men for three generations. A promising writing career threatens to be side lined as signs of depression once again rears its ugly head, this time taking aim directly at Darius. Struggling to deal with his new reality and surrounded by pressure from all sides, Darius must decide if he will face the beast head on…..or crash right into his family's history.
The film was written and directed by award winning Director Mike Berry, best known for productions such as Banger, If You Knew Better, Hey Mr. Postman and Rent Due. "I'm really excited about this film because it allowed me to tackle the tough subject of mental health and be creative at the same time. I believe A State of Mind will entertain, impact and inform the audience, and that is the ultimate goal of any filmmaker", says Berry.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimate that there are 350 million people worldwide who suffer from depression. Berry, who also has a motivational speaking platform, is very familiar with the effects of this illness that affects so many but is discussed so infrequently. He has suffered from depression since the early 1990's. It wasn't until his bout with depression led him down a suicidal path that he decided to seek help and vowed to assist others in similar situations.
"We have assembled a phenomenal cast for this project," says Tina Hobbs who is the producer and casting director, "utilizing talented local actors while sprinkling in Hollywood talent to create higher production value". The film features well known actress Elise Neal, known for her roles in The Hughleys, Hustle and Flow and Logan. Local actors commanding the screen include Imani Khiry, Chanel Moore, Jason Floyd, Cameron Woods and Anthony Woods.
When asked about his role, leading actor Imani Khiry states, "It's a great script, one that I knew would test my range and I was up for the challenge. The mental illness aspect is a backdrop, but the story has something for everyone complete with twists, turns and some really dramatic ups and downs. The audience will be entertained from beginning to end."
Production for A State of Mind wrapped this past fall. Official trailer, show times, ticket information and updates can be found at https://themovieastateofmind.com/