Thursday, December 9, 2010


Cherami Leigh and Tyler Corie
Depression is a problem that seems to run rampant at this time of year. Whether it is the pressure of feeling the "holiday spirit" or a myriad of real, or even perceived, problems there is no doubt that the time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day can exacerbate emotions. The pressure of trying to live up to expectations or the disconnect from loved ones can increase feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and despair. This can be a time of bonding or a time when everything falls apart.

For teens, there is the added stress of being between childhood and becoming an adult. Everything always seems so much more intense and important during those years. I remember wanting to pull away from family and establish myself as my own person, yet a part still longing to cling to my childhood. At no other time is the heights of exhilaration and the depths of despair more keenly felt. During a season filled with family events, it is so easy to withdraw and no longer feel a part of those you once loved unconditionally. Finding out that your parents are indeed human can be a shock. Admittedly, the parents also wonder what happened to the sweet, pliable child who believed Mom and Dad knew everything and could solve any problem.

Beyond The Farthest Star tells the story of a father desperate to connect with his Goth daughter and regain the love of his wife. The rush of this season pulls us in so many different directions that we often lose sight of those who should matter the most to us. Instead of letting our families know how important they are to us, we concentrate on things that will be quickly forgotten in years to come and neglect what and whom really matters. We have become a culture where families appear to be a throw-away commodity, and we need films such as this to make us re-examine our own priorities. I truly believe this will be a film that can make an impact on the lives of millions.  


Of course, I want everyone to become a Facebook fan of Beyond the Farthest Star and to sign up to Bring It to your local cinema. They need people like you to support them and let distributors and local theater owners know that there is an audience. Either go to the website at or ......Click here to "LIKE" on Facebook 


TEEN SELF HARM: In Pathlight Entertainment's, Beyond The Farthest Star, the character Anne Wells (Cherami Leigh) struggles with depression. The movie takes an unflinching look at the subject. Teen Depression and self-mutilation is a very real issue.

A site that I personally would recommend is TWLOHA .

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own. They do not represent or have the consent and/or knowledge of Pathlight Entertainment, Beyond The Farthest Star, or TWLOHA.


Anonymous said...

Cindy, last year for me was extremely depressing. It was the first year my mom was in a senior living center, and everything was TOTALLY different from what I had known my entire life. I didn't want to do anything related to Christmas at all. There were other things involved as well, but the change in Mom was the major affecting factor.

I agree with you that this time of the year is really hard on people. As a Christian, I pray that I will be more sensitive to others who battle this, now that I've been hit with it myself.

Blessings to you.

Debra Brown said...

Thanks for the input on depression. I seem to fight with it on a daily basis.

Cindy said...

Deb, with the year you have had, and especially the past month, I know you are really having to struggle. You know some of the things I have dealt with too. I promise that God is right there with you every step of the way...and you know that the rest of the family and I are too. Call me anytime, and if I can't help...we will find someone who can! I love you!!