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THE FILM


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THE FILM


now available

Please follow the links below to purchase the film.  A portion of the proceeds received by the production will be donated to charity devoted to preventing suicide.

iTUNES

Brilliant Life Affirming Film   * * * * *  

by sailingjan333

Every once in a while a film comes along that changes your life or helps you change the life of someone else. Beautifully told, the story in TRIGGER is haunting, beatiful, touching and inspiring.

AMAZON USA

Loved it!    * * * * *

by JRF Puerto Rico

Amazing film! Paints a real picture of what some people in the LGBT+ community face when coming out of the closet. Its a story about finding light when you are stuck in darkness; a story about hope and compassion. It also opens a conversation about suicide that we all need to be having. Loved it!

 

Gripping from the first moments   * * * * *

by gorkkhead

This film immediately draws you in to the struggle of a young man grappling with deep internal pain. The interplay between chaos and calm paints a captivating picture of the complex nature of human emotion. Everything from the photography to the script to the acting elevates this short film to a level of power and depth that's rare to find even in feature films. It's a compelling story that's well worth watching.

AMAZON UK

Raw Emotion + Powerful Message* * * * * 

by uijallen

I am struck by how close you can get to a character in an 11 minute film.  You're drawn to the character and are actively rooting for him to overcome this dark time in his life despite only having him on the screen for a few brief moments.  A film with a phenomenal message with potentially far reaching consequences for far less than your morning latte.

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Triggeris a short film created with the sole purpose of saving lives and bringing an end to suicide in the world.

Developed with the support of suicide prevention organizations and utilizing relationships with industry veterans, this short film takes on the epidemic of suicide and presents not only the triggers behind such an epidemic in an experiential manner, but also illustrates what we as a society can do about it on a day to day basis.

Presented in the highest quality 4K resolution and with an immersive certified DOLBY ATMOS soundtrack (in select theaters), this film offers an immersive experience into the warring thoughts within the mind of someone on the verge taking their own life.

 

Home


 

Triggeris a short film created with the sole purpose of saving lives and bringing an end to suicide in the world.

Developed with the support of suicide prevention organizations and utilizing relationships with industry veterans, this short film takes on the epidemic of suicide and presents not only the triggers behind such an epidemic in an experiential manner, but also illustrates what we as a society can do about it on a day to day basis.

Presented in the highest quality 4K resolution and with an immersive certified DOLBY ATMOS soundtrack (in select theaters), this film offers an immersive experience into the warring thoughts within the mind of someone on the verge taking their own life.

 

"TRIGGER is like watching a beautiful moving painting -- moving in both its imagery and message"

~ John Ottman (Editor / composer:  X-Men, Usual Suspects, SUPERMAN RETURNS)

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Donate to support the filmmakers in their continued commitment to bring the message of the film to audiences around the world.

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Cast


Cast


Nick marini // Kevin

Hailing from philadelphia, pennsylvania, nick marini is a fresh face among the stars in hollywood, ca. fresh off his feature film debut in "Summer of 8" produced by "TRIGGER" Exec producer Steven J. Berger, folkens viewed Nick's performance in that film and immediately knew nick would be a strong contender for the role of kevin in "Trigger".  

marini was most recently seen playing title character Luka in the world premiere of "Luka's Room" at the rogue machine theater in los angeles.  


travis van winkle // josh

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Van WInkle's rise to fame in the film world includes credits as fox's "Meet the spartans", david r. ellis' film "ASYLUM", Universal's "Accepted" and michael bay's "TRANSFORMERS".  While he has modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch shot by Bruce Weber, Van winkle appeared in the 2009 version of "FRIDAY THE 13th" (Another Michael Bay production under platinum dunes banner) as TRENT DEMARCO, the character he previously portrayed in "TRANSFORMERS".  

in 2011 and 2012, Van Winkle made guest appearances in TV series such as "HAPPY ENDINGS", "2 broke girls" and "Two and a half men".  

In October 2012, he was cast in the TNT Action Drama pilot "THE LAST SHIP", executive produced by MICHAEL BAY and continues to play the role as a series regular.

 


Chris ellis // Patrick

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Chris Ellis was born on April 14, 1956 in Dallas, Texas, USA.  He is an actor, known for "THe DARK KNIGHT RISES" (2012), "CATCH ME IF YOU CAN" (2002) and "ARMAGEDDON" (1998) and "Apollo 13" (1995)..  

As A reknowned character actor, Chris ellis was cast for Trigger in the role of kevin's father patrick.  

ellis' commitment to the role is evident throughout the film in his haunting screen presence inside the mind of kevin..

 

 

 

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Filmmakers


Meet the Filmmakers

Filmmakers


Meet the Filmmakers

CHRISTOPHER FOLKENS  // Director - MYSTIC FILMS

FOLKENS LIVES AND WORKS OUT OF HOLLYWOOD, CA.  HE DIRECTS AND EDITS ON-AIR AND IN-CINEMA PROMOS FOR DISNEY/ABC TELEVISION GROUP -- INCLUDING WORKING WITH A BROAD ARRAY OF A-LIST TALENT, FROM ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE VIOLA DAVIS, TO KERRY WASHINGTON, ELLEN POMPEO, AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SHONDA RHIMES.  HE ALSO DIRECTS MUSIC VIDEOS FOR MULTI-PLATINUM ARTISTS.

FOLKENS UTILIZES A UNIQUE STYLE AND CREATIVE VISION THAT IS CONSISTENTLY APPARENT IN ALL OF HIS CREATIVE WORKS. DRAWING ON HIS BACKGROUND AS A MUSICIAN, FOLKENS OFTEN USES MUSIC TO INFLUENCE HIS VISUAL STYLE, PACING, AND TECHNIQUE. WITH EVERY PROJECT, HIS GOAL IS TO: “IMPACT MY AUDIENCE THROUGH DRAMATIC, COMPELLING, AND CINEMATIC EXPERIENCES.”  

In addition to directing Trigger, Folkens also co-wrote, edited, and produced the film.  to learn more and view highlights of folkens' work head to www.mysticfilms.com or contact him directly at chrisfolkensfilms@gmail.com


ALEX LEVINE // PRoducer -- more productions

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growing up in chicago, alex realized at a young age that his passion in life was film.  this led him to attend and graduate from columbia college chicago in their prestigious film school with a BA in film producing, with an emphasis on finance, marketing and distribution.  

HIs first feature, "in BLOOM," sold through shoreline entertainment and distributed by TLA, was released domestically in june of 2014.  alex has several features in post-production set to be released between 2016 and 2017 "B-ROLL", "WTF: World Thumbwrestling foundation" and "The summerland project".


Enrico natale // producer -- more productions

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Upon his arrival in LA in 2005, Enrico quickly rose through the ranks of filmmaking, producing, directing, and writing numerous feature films, short films, television shows, commercials, web series and music videos.  enrico founded more productions in 2009 and has worked for years as a freelance producer/director for d street films.  

in 2012, enrico produced and directed the award-winning short film titled, "Ticket to hell" which screened at over twenty-five film festivals and won fifteen awards.  

enrico produced four feature films in 2014 including "the summerland project" starring ed begley jr. and kate vernon.  In 2015 enrico wrote, produced and directed "WTF: World thumbwrestling federation" starring samm levine and debra wilson.


david buckley // composer

david is a british film composer who lives in LA.  he has worked with many prominent filmmakers including ridley and tony scott, ben affleck, joel schumacher, rob minkoff, luc besson, pierre morel and taylor hackford.  notable recent film scores include "THE Town" (co-composed with harry gregson-williams), and "the forbidden kingdom".  he is also the composer of the critically acclaimed CBS TV show "THE GOOD WIFE," now in its sixth season, and has recently provided the score for WB/ROCKSTEADY game:  "BATMAN, ARKHAM KNIGHT" -- released in 2015.  

after graduating CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY, he moved to London and began a successful career writing music for tv shows and commercials.  in 2006 David moved to LA to become an additional writer on a number of Harry Gregson-williams' scores including "SHREK", "GONE BABY GONE", "FLUSHED AWAY", "PRINCE OF PERSIA", and "THE NUMBER 23".  He has also contributed music to the video game, "METAL GEAR SOLID 4" and the TV show "SHREK THE HALLS".  In addition to his work for Harry, he has written additional music for Danny Elfman on films including "AMERICAN HUSTLE", "BIG EYES" & "FIFTY SHADES OF GREY" (including the choral piece "BLISS") and HANS ZIMMER & RUBERT GREGSON-WILLIAMS on "WINTER'S TALE."  

david was recently honored as a "BRIT TO WATCH" by BAFTA and has been the recipient of number BMI awards.


maz makhani // cinematographer

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maz makhani has shot some of the most highly recognizable music video and commercial work in the public eye today.  

from Katy perry to lady gaga, taylor swift to brittney spears and brands from bvlgari to lego, audi to bmw, cosmopolitan and hyundai.

 

 




 


TYLER Roth // Colorist  [COMPANY 3]

After honing his skills as a colorist at local post-production shops, tyler roth was sought out by Stefan sonnenfeld and tasked with opening company 3's chicago facility in 2012.  a midwest native and Northwestern graduate, Roth has since completed commercial campaigns for nike, porsche, capital one, mcdonald's and harley-davidson.  his numerous feature and short film credits have brought him to world premieres at cannes' prestigious Semaine de la critique, sundance and toronto, including his work for the murder mystery, Uncle John, which premiered in competition at sxsw in 2015  

roth has become well known for his technical expertise and the speed of his craft due, in part, to his foundation in cinematography and visual effects.  his unique approach has caught the attention of directors, editors, and dp's and has earned him multiple Telly awards and two emmys for his work for Nato and the 100 club.