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Interview with Jay Geerts

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Jay Geerts

What was the inspiration behind making this short film?

The inspiration behind ‘The Days Go By’ was my own experiences with suicide and depression. It’s something I’ve struggled with a lot of my life, and something I’ve been afraid of losing people to. I’ve lost some friends, I idealized suicide myself. One day I was breaking down so badly I was going to admit myself to a psych ward. But the reality of what would happen in there made me more scared than dying. I called a friend and talked to them about what was going on, this showed me the truth power and open brutal honesty. It can hurt and and scary but once we talk about these things we an fight it. I figured out nobody needs to go through these things alone, and that’s the goal of my film, show the reality and breadth of those affected.

Was there any particular challenges you had to go through to make the short film happen?

Getting subjects willing to talk on such a hard subject, as well as funding. The negativity associated with suicide so many believe talking about it exacerbates it. So being able to dissuade people from thinking that ad well as establishing a relationship with my subjects in a safe and healthy way for both of us.

How has the short film been received?

Its been received well, while not an amazing amount of people have watched it yet those that do are changed by it. The reality scared them and makes them see what they’ve done wrong, there were others who told me they finally feel they can open up to someone. While not perfect and a long way to go to make it perfect its an amazing start and I hope to only compound on it.

Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

I actually have a handful of projects in the pipeline currently. I’ve got a feature length film on suicide to precede a series also diving into suicide in further depths. I’m doing a short web series on emotional vulnerability, as well as a short film on my own sexual assault as a child and how that impacted me and how I grew from it.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to make their first short film?

Get a camera and crew, doesn’t need to be amazing or even experienced and start to shoot. You will learn so much experimenting and trying new things out, it’s a joy to do. You don’t need to make this insanely creative film that pushes every boundary, you just need to make your film.

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