Pittsburgh filmmaker Ted Haynes starts crowdfunding campaign for locally shot film tackling mental illness | Film | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper

Pittsburgh filmmaker Ted Haynes starts crowdfunding campaign for locally shot film tackling mental illness

click to enlarge Ted Haynes and Jack Erdie - TICS
Ted Haynes and Jack Erdie
In 2014, filmmaker Ted Haynes began working on a script about mental illness that he thought was too ambitious to bring to reality. When his friend, the actor Jack Erdie (who has previously appeared in Mindhunter, Banshee, and other productions), made a Facebook post about wanting heartier roles, he thought it might be a good time to bring the script back.

Tics, a short-form narrative film shot in Pittsburgh in July, follows Bobby (Erdie), a man battling a combination of multiple personality disorders, Tourette syndrome, and anxiety as he tries to expand his love life.

To help fund the project's post-production, Haynes started an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign, which runs through Thu., Nov. 21. The campaign has a flexible goal of $12,089 (meaning the project still gets the donated funds even if it doesn't reach its goal). As of publication, the project had reached around $3,400 of its goal.

"The more involved we got with this project, the more resources that came to the table and many of them were pro-bono," says Haynes. "There's only so much free that you get."

Many who worked on the project did so without a fee or at a discount because they believed in the project. Haynes says nearly everyone involved in the film has been touched by mental illness in some way, and that raising awareness about the issue was the most important part.

"So few of us go and take that extra step when they know for a fact somebody may be struggling," says Haynes. "That smallest effort could be a difference-maker between somebody living and dying — that's probably my biggest takeaway."

Funds raised by the campaign will go to post-production costs like sound design and color correction, as well as organizing a Pittsburgh premiere and paying some of the people who passed or deferred on payment. The film also features an original song by Scott Blasey of The Clarks.

Ahead of completion, Tics has been accepted into three film festivals. Those who want to see it once completed can get a sneak peek by contributing to the campaign or by attending the Pittsburgh premiere. After its festival circuit, Haynes hopes it will be available on a streaming platform.

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