"Jenny, and"

"Jenny, and" is a film that bravely explores a complex journey of acceptance, identity and trauma. Jenny's world is turned on its head when she learns she's living with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disorder). We follow her quest of self discovery as inner worlds are navigated, Alters negotiated with and amnesia barriers released.

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    "Jenny, and"

    Genre
    Drama
    Seeking funding for
    Development
    Scope
    Feature
    Campaign type
    Flexible Funding

    Welcome!

    We are developing a beautiful feature-length film which follows a young woman's journey with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and hope you will join us in bringing it to life. The purpose of this campaign is to raise funds for my team of advisors and me, to cover the remainder of the Research & Development and Writing of the script. Many films have been successfully financed through crowdfunding websites like Greenlit, and now it is our turn to ask the community as well as all film lovers for a huge favor.

    A year or so from now, when the film is in production and, following this, when it is released on the big screen, you will know that you were part of it from the very start. There are different ways you can donate to make this project a reality.  

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    What is the film about? 

    We meet Jenny just as she is first learning about her diagnosis. We follow Jenny and the rest of the Alters/Parts (alternate identities) of her System (collection of Alters/Parts within one body) through the denial & acceptance of their DID.  We go on an abstract & vivid exploration of the System’s inner world and experience the internal politics & dynamics of the System - (mis)communication, (mis)trust, negotiations & understandings. It's a complex journey of self discovery & identity - navigating a route from amnesia to co-consciousness and beginning a life-changing journey toward System integration as functional multiplicity. Ultimately, this is a complex ‘hero’s journey’ about acceptance, strength, healing and connection. When people watch the film, they’ll see DID is actually a powerful expression of the brain protecting a child who could not protect themselves. 

    And rather than rely on assumption, I will receive experienced & nuanced feedback through every step of the process from a diagnosed DID System living with the disorder, a DID Specialist and a Trauma Therapist. They have all agreed to oversee & contribute to the development of the characters in the story as well as offer insights for the story as a whole. Their observation and counsel will challenge, clarify & deepen the story and my ideas. They offer me the ability to be an 'honorary fly on the wall' so I may see behind the scenes of a world with understandably closed doors.

    DID? 

    As my advisor Rémy said in our most recent Zoom session:

    "It's called a 'disorder'... 'Dissociative Identity Disorder.' But actually it's a very sane way to react to what was an incredibly disordered world around them."

    DID is caused by ‘overwhelming experiences, traumatic events, and/or abuse occurring in childhood,’ particularly when traumas begin before age 5. The child's repeated, overwhelming experiences usually occur alongside disturbed or disrupted attachment between the parent/caregiver & themselves. 

    This early childhood trauma causes DID to develop by preventing the child from forming a cohesive or unified sense of self (known as a ‘core personality’) during their earliest years. Instead, this prolonged trauma causes the different ‘behavioral states’ present from birth to become increasingly dissociated (disconnected) from each other; over time these develop into alternate identities. Developing multiple identities protects the child by keeping trauma memories & emotions contained within specific identities, rather than overwhelming the child completely. 

    Read more at TraumaDissociation.com.

    Why make this film?

    One of the most important elements of healing is validation, from others and towards yourself. We believe this story will not only be validation for all those living with DID, but will also open the door of awareness for others and allow people across the globe to engage in more meaningful conversations around the subject of DID. And, in seeing the un-ignorable parallels between the organization of a DID System & that of a non-dissociative individual, we will inevitably all look at ourselves in a new, nuanced way. Oh and - because it's a good story. "Jenny, and" is a heartwarming, profound and inspiring growth drama that will undoubtedly move audiences in many special ways.

    My goal

    My goal is to raise £8,000 so I can continue with an in depth Research & Development alongside my incredible team of specialist advisors and ultimately produce a finely curated feature-length screenplay and ‘pitch bible’ which my producer and I can then take to the production stage. The money which we raise through this campaign will carry the film through its first phase: pre-production.

    • Why a screenplay? Because films provide a unique opportunity to explore a story not only visually but holistically, like our own minds, bringing many conflicting considerations to bear on the issue. And, unlike our own minds, films give us the opportunity to experience multiple perspectives all at once and provide possible answers to unanswerable questions. 
    • Why crowdfund it? Because successful campaigns prove significant commercial interest from people out there. For us, this is particularly important, as the industry tends to avoid authentic depictions of characters with DID in favor of more ‘fantastical’ iterations.  

    Meet Our Team!

    Advisor

    Rémy Aquarone,  M.Sc.; Director of Pottergate Centre for Dissociation & Trauma

    Past President ESTD; Past International Director ISSTD

    In the video below, Rémy explains his background & involvement in the project. 

    Rémy is an Analytical & Consultant Psychotherapist to a number of Psychiatric Services across the United Kingdom, offering assessments & treatment protocols for outpatient work. He is also member of the BPC, Director of the Pottergate Centre for Dissociation and Trauma (based in Norwich, UK), past President of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) & past International Director of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD). He has specialized in the area of Dissociation for the past 35 years, including offering assessments & consultancy assistance nationally. 

    Remy’s Interview with ESTD on DID & his work with Dissociative Disorders

    A 2020 blog post written by Rémy for PESI UK titled Dissociative Identity Disorder: Using the Countertransference.

    Advisor

    Kya & System, Founder & Director of DissociaDID

    Diagnosed DID System & Prominent Content Creator: Youtube (1.18M subscribers), TikTok (7.4M likes), Instagram (227K followers)

    In the video below, Kya explains their background & involvement in the project. 

    DissociaDID is a project dedicated to challenging the stigma surrounding DID & trauma-based mental illness. Together, Kya & their System (Alters) debunk the negative connotations surrounding DID, promote understanding & awareness and explain their experience of this greatly misunderstood disorder. They create content primarily about their personal experience & advice on PTSD, C-PTSD, Trauma, Abuse, Dissociative Disorders and general mental health, as well as running charity fundraisers. They explore the scientific & psychological nature of dissociation, trauma and DID, exposing inaccurate stigmas, tropes & myths that surround it.

    To find out more about their project, check out their LinkTree

    Any clips lifted from their YouTube videos & used in this Kickstarter can be found on their channel, DissociaDID.

    Advisor

    Dannie Rosenhammer, Integrative Counselor, Trauma Therapist & Supervisor

    MA Counseling, MBACP, Accredited EMDR Practitioner, PG Cert in Clinical Supervision

    In the video below, learn more about Dannie's involvement in the project. 

    Dannie has been practicing as a Counselor & Psychotherapist in England since 2010. To date she has provided around 4000 therapy sessions for different charities, the NHS and in her private practice. In 2016 she trained in Eye Movement Desentitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a highly effective way of treating the long-term effects of trauma, which has informed her work ever since. Dannie currently divides her time between supporting young people at 42nd Street, a well-respected Greater Manchester charity, and private work She also offers clinical supervision for anyone working in the field of mental health.

    Read more about Dannie’s qualifications here or browse her website to learn more. 

     

    Creator & Screenwriter

    Rachel De Fontes, BFA, MA

    NYU Tisch School of the Arts (BFA); Drama Centre London (MA); Founder/Director, Murmuration Studios Ltd.

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    I currently live & work between the US, UK & EU on the UK Global Talent Visa. As Director of Murmuration Studios, a London & Dublin-based theatre & film production company, I produced Mike Bartlett's two-hander play 'An Intervention' in London (Riverside Studios) this May.  Also this year: as a writer, I co-wrote a short film which is set for production in 2023 & aired one of my theatrical pieces in London during Velvet Smoke’s Festival of New Writing.  

    Over the last 5 years, I’ve written 2 feature length screenplays, 3 short films, a poetry book, a trio of 1-act plays & “Secrets” which was performed onstage in NYC. I’ve trained/worked with various companies & professionals across the US, UK, Ireland, Russia, Portugal & Australia. With an expansive understanding of theatre, film & storytelling, I aim to engage meaningfully with my work. 

    IMDB  |  Spotlight 

    Interview with EmpowerHer*Voice Theatre Spotlight Collective

    Why advisors?

    Well - there are many reasons, but the simplest & most fundamental is: each advisor brings a perspective to the table that I simply do not and cannot have.

    Rather than assume, guestimate or suppose - I can ask them to clarify for me the reality of, for instance: 

    • what it's like to be pushed against your will 'to the front' & likewise pushed back in
    • negotiating romantic relationships - dealing with polyamory vs monogomy, consent, etc
    • System hierachies & internal conflicts between Alters
    • experiencing amnesia walls/barriers & what it's like when they dismantle 

    Kya has already let me know that quite a lot of the content in the outline for the script is not only realistic but has actually happened to their System. Being able to discuss my ideas more specifically & share actual written materials for closer inspection will mean that I can really make sure it's as authentic as can be.

    Similarly, Dannie and Rémy can both help me understand what actual discussions might be had within Jenny's therapy sessions with their therapist Nora as well as what could be happening behind the scenes for Nora. For instance:

    • mentorship/support/disagreements among colleagues 
    • being confronted by a situation in a session you haven't trained for or previously experienced
    • setting boundaries with patients
    • finding new ways to work with parts of a System which are resistant

    Especially regarding the depiction of Jenny & the other Alters in the System, Rémy & Kya can let me know if and when I start going 'off piste' in a direction I oughtn't go. I need that outsight from them to make sure I am honoring my intention to de-stigmatize & de-sensationalize the disorder. 

    More on the story

    Don’t be fooled by the title… it’s not just Jenny’s story. Because, guess what - she’s an Alter too. 

    Each Alter has to learn to accept and respect that every Part of the System is there for a reason. They have to deal with backlash from those who deny the validity of their disorder, protect their System from people who are trying to take advantage of them, learn to trust each other and ultimately find the strength to stand up together against their abuser. It is a story with huge heart in it, humor, joy & depth (with a nice dose of edge). 

    Thank you!

    I really hope you like my project.

    If you choose to contribute, please remember that your involvement is not only monetary. When you donate, you are also raising your hand, and signaling to our industry that you wish to see this film on the big screen and that you care about destigmatizing the DID community. 

    Join us in making "Jenny, and" a reality!  

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    Resources

    If you would like to watch further videos or read further materials about DID, please feel free to navigate through this list of additional resources. 

    Some videos from the DissociaDID Youtube Channel:

    DissociaDID video DAMAGING TO DID: 'SPLIT' AND 'GLASS' | DID IN THE MEDIA | Dissociative Identity Disorder

    DissociaDID video ALTERS: Family/Friends/Dating? WHAT ARE WE!? Alter Dynamics |Dissociative Identity Disorder

    DissociaDID video ALL ABOUT ALTERS: Part 1 | Debunking DID Ep3 | Dissociative Identity Disorder | DissociaDID

    DissociaDID video Inner Worlds | Debunking DID Ep 8 | Dissociative Identity Disorder

     

    Other videos:

    Seven News Spotlight video All Of Me | Living with multiple personalities (dissociative identity disorder) | 7NEWS Spotlight

    MedCircle video How I Found Out I Have Dissociative Identity Disorder | MedCircle x Encina Severa

    thePizzaSystem video Switching VS Drawing; Future | Dissociative Identity Disorder (Rapid Switching/Rapid Cycling)

    60 Minutes Australia video Woman with 2,500 personalities says they saved her from shocking child abuse | 60 Minutes Australia

    Cinema Therapy Video, Villain Therapy: SPLIT and Dissociative Identity Disorder | What Split Got Wrong About DID 

    MultiplicityAndMe video My Identities Impersonating Me: Why DID is a hidden disorder | Multiplicity&Me

    Med Circle video What It's Like To Live With Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

    OWN video Full Episode: "One Mom, 20 Personalities" | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network

    MultiplicityAndMe video How Multiple Personalities Communicate | MultiplicityAndMe

    CTAD Clinic video A visual understanding of how alters / parts are formed by trauma in DID and OSDD

    OWN video Oprah Interviews a Woman with 92 Personalities | The Oprah Winfrey Show | Oprah Winfrey Network

    MultiplicityAndMe video MYTHS vs FACTS | Dissociative Identity Disorder

    Encina Severa video BEHIND THE SCENES WITH MY 3 YEAR OLD ALTER, MINNIE | DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDER

     

    Readings/Articles:

    DID Overview - TraumaDissociation.com

    Dissociation debates: everything you know is wrong - Richard J. Loewenstein, MD

    Alters in Dissociative Identity Disorder (MPD) and DDNOS

    Therapeutic Alliance With Abuser Alters In DID: The Paradox of Attachment to the Abuser - Ruth A. Blizard, Ph.d

    Persecutory alters and ego states: protectors, friends, and allies - L. A. Goodman, & J Peters

    £4,475.00
    raised of £8,000.00 goal
    28 Days left
    30 Backers

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    Shoutout on social media!

    I hope you'll get a warm, fuzzy glow from supporting the film. You’ll receive a big shoutout + have your name recorded on my Instagram & Facebook pages.

    £50.00
    Digital poster

    The above + receive a signed digital poster (Rachel’s signature) straight to your inbox!

    £75.00
    Be the first to know!

    All of the above + receive exclusive sneak peaks, updates, teasers, behind-the-scenes and more delivered straight to your inbox!

    £100.00
    Live presentation + Q&A

    All of the above + a 1-hour live presentation and Q&A, after the Greenlit Campaign closes. Join Rachel De Fontes, the creator of "Jenny, And,” and ask her anything you like about this story!

    £150.00
    Signed copy of the original script!

    All of the above + a signed digital copy of the original script following completion of the film.

    £250.00
    T-rific!

    You’ll receive all of the above + a t-shirt with Brain Scan MRI Images of the Human Brain. Alters within a DID System can show different results in neuroimaging tests, including functional MRI activation, and brain activation, regional blood flow & differences in PET scans.

    £500.00
    Private storytelling workshop & masterclass

    All of the above + an hour & a half long online private workshop & masterclass with Rachel De Fontes, the writer/creator of "Jenny, And." Open to all ages. This can be tailored to focus on any aspect of the creative process, such as writing, acting, auditioning and producing. This includes feedback on your story, script etc. This reward can also be given as a gift to a loved one. Is there someone in your life who’s interested in a career in the industry?

    £1,000.00