I myself have seen dark times. At the age of 10 I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, at 11 I was mentally hospitalized for 6 months. At 16 I was expelled for acting out. Put in a behavioral school, and then hospitalized again, this time in isolation. Being bipolar, and having had a dark past allowed me to use my craft to express my frustrations and feelings to the world, and I believe myself to be a better person because of it. That is why I connect so deeply to these stories. I hope people can see the small piece of my pain expressed in my craft. I hope they are able to use these films to spark something inside them into a fire. Igniting a passion, and healing through it.”
Stand-up comedian, Billy Bonnell, opens his set by asking, “Hey, who here wants to live forever?” The audience is silent. “That’s how I know depression is real.” Billy punches, and they crowd bursts into hysterics, exemplifying the undeniable connection between laughter and pain. In this short-film, Billy tells the story of how a series of family tragedies led him to finding release from his depression by making light of his pain.