At Ease


Our brave military men and women fight for our freedom in battle but for some - the biggest battles begin when the war follows them home.

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At Ease


Our brave military men and women fight for our freedom in battle but for some - the biggest battles begin when the war follows them home.

Storyline


Storyline


 
 

AT EASE - STORY SYNOPSIS

After a confrontation in an airport bar, veteran Chris Holden is befriended by airport security and fellow combat veteran, John Townsend. 

While Chris struggles to cope with the challenges he's faced during his service to his country, John shares his uncanny life similarities he's overcome to inspire hope in Chris.

AT EASE is a poignantly dramatic short film depicting the emotional and physical impact of war on military troops and their families.

Director


Director


Christopher Shawn Shaw

Christopher Shawn Shaw is an Award-Winning Filmmaker who specializes in film and video directing, producing, editing, creative consulting, writing, and even acting. He is also the Founder and Producer of the Night Of Comedy & Short Films FUNdraiser (NCSFF) LIVE events designed to support production of high-quality, redemptive film and video content .

Since relocating to California, Christopher has performed on numerous television series,commercials and short films, and has produced and directed numerous short films, both comedies and dramas.

For more information on Christopher, visit: www.ChristopherShawnShaw.com and www.NCSFF.com

Lead Actor - Veteran/Story Adviser


Lead Actor - Veteran/Story Adviser


Jerry Della Salla

Jerry studied with Stella Adler, and is a graduate of the NYU Tisch Drama Program. He co-starred with the late Victor Argo in his last film, PERSONAL SERGEANT (2004), and opposite Matt Damon in GREEN ZONE (2010), directed by Paul Greengrass. 

On April 2nd, 2005, SGT. Della Salla was wounded in a three hour long base attack while serving in Iraq. The battle to this day has also held a unique place in the wars history, because every single military component (Army, Navy, Marine, Air-Force and Coalition troupes) fought side by side to fend off the enemy. For his actions, Jerry Della Salla was awarded the Combat Action Badge and is under review for the Purple Heart. Other Medals and citations include the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, The Generals Coin for Excellence, The Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.

Jerry is a member of the Veterans in Film and Television Association. You can find his page here: http://vftla.org/veteran/jerry-della-salla#.WECBp-ErKAw

Screenplay


Screenplay


Jamie A. Hope

Jamie A. Hope is an author, national contributor, screenwriter, and substitute teacher. She is the author of Illusion, a young adult science-fiction novel, and has contributed numerous articles for top online magazines. She currently has several screenplays in the works.

Jamie was previously chief of staff for a Michigan legislator, and an ensign for the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps. She is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. For more information on Jamie, visit www.jamieahope.com.

Story Creator


Story Creator


Mark Stiles

"At Ease" is a short film story created by Mark Stiles, a non-veteran but an engaged supporter of many projects concerning our veterans.

Mark's father, wife and several grandfathers served in the US military protecting and serving our country. Mark was moved by the idea of a story of how a husband would deal with loss if the man was forced to deal with the pain of loss and rebuilding a life without his spouse who was killed in action. 

"At Ease" is a fitting title for veterans who have been so brave, and now should accept support, even if it comes from the most unexpected places. 

Budget


Budget


Mission: 

Raise awareness of veterans’ post-deployment struggles and the impact of loss from war. Partner with 501(c)(3) non-profit veteran's organizations during the fundraising phase, with a portion of these funds going to said organization for recreational and therapeutic programs that serve veterans with PTSD and other illnesses associated with combat.


Budget: 

The projected budget for this film is projected to be around $125k, depending on talent and location costs. This will include pre-production, production, post-production, distribution. (These figures are a general estimate based on a variety of factors.)

The objective is to partner with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit veterans organization. AT EASE will raise money for the organization through the film and provide a link to the organization for immediate donation following the short film. Twenty percent of the profits from AT EASE will also be donated to the organization from the first year of sales. The non-profit will provide the AT EASE production with a line item in their organization so all funds raised for the project and subsequent donations will be tax deductible.


Distribution:

One goal of this project is to have AT EASE played at select theaters before feature films screen. This will allow people to watch a “support our troops” effort akin to the old “support the war”efforts played in theaters during WWII. AT EASE will have a link at the end of the film for theater-goers to donate, including from their mobile devices. Another goal is to work with theaters to have a coupon readily available that pops up on the contributors’ confirmation, giving them up to a couple dollars off their next theater outing. This incentive gives an immediate payoff.

Along with theater viewing, the movie will be available via digital download or ordered via DVD, for a price yet-to- be-determined. During the fundraising efforts (with the help of the non-profit veteran organization), we will be offering digital download and DVD pre-orders.

All donations will be tax-deductible.

Contribute


Contribute


contribute

The objective is to partner with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit veterans organization. AT EASE will raise money for the organization through the film and provide a link to the organization for immediate donation following the short film. Twenty percent of the profits from AT EASE will also be donated to the organization from the first year of sales. The non-profit will provide the AT EASE production with a line item in their organization so all funds raised for the project and subsequent donations will be tax deductible.


ALL CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE

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Photo Gallery


Photo Gallery


Photos of Jerry Della Salla - At Ease actor and producer from his previous movie with Matt Daman called "The Green Zone". 

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Veterans Support Links


Veterans Support Links


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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans (IAVA.ORG)

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Disabled American Veterans (DAV.ORG)
A Legacy of Service, Hope for the Future

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.


Veterans in Film and Television (VFTLA.ORG)

- Promote and advance veteran involvement within the film & television industry.
- Provide a means for the entertainment industry to connect with, hire, and feature current and former members of the military.