Seattle, WA. United States
“Are Your ADD?” Is currently raising funds for a autobiographical documentary. The film is intended to provide awareness about this condition and highlight the importance of diagnosis and treatment. It is estimated that close to 10,000,000 people are living with undiagnosed ADHD. This condition is a legitimate medical diagnosis, and one that is often overlooked in adults because of the association with it being a childhood disorder, and the difficult coping mechanisms that many adults have created to work around their condition. “Are You ADD?” is a deeply personal and candid film.
The documentary features first-person narrative about the experiences of Wesley Gray. Gray spent the majority of his life with the condition going undiagnosed. In the film Gray discusses how he lost jobs, stained relationships, etc. due to misunderstanding what he was struggling with.. Eventually he receives the diagnosis and begins to put his life into perspective after 53 years. “My moment of ‘Eureka’ was when someone asked me if I had read Driven to Distraction by Dr. Edward Hallowell,” says Gray. “After reading that book everything in my life suddenly began to make more sense.I started reading everything I could get my hands on about the subject. I knew that this film had to happen and that I could be the one to do it. I can show people through my own life experience what it is like to have Adult Attention Deficit Disorder and what it can be like after treatment.”
The goal of the project is to raise $30,000 which will enable the filmmaker to complete the production stage of the film. The documentary features some of the most prominent names in ADHD research and treatment. Interviews include: Dr. Russell A. Barkley Ph.D,who has has served on the editorial boards of 11 scientific journals and received numerous awards over his career for his work in ADHD and the field of psychology. Dr. Edward Hallowell, Founder of the prestigious Hallowell Centers, and Dr. Daniel Amen, Founder of Amen Clinics, a pioneer in SPECT brain imaging.
Successful distribution of the film will allow people from all over the globe to have a visual representation of this “disorder” and motivate them to seek treatment. Treatment, in concert with coaching and diet, is imperative to being able to live a fulfilled and sucessful life.
Perks for contributers include copies of the DVD, production credits, or to be featured on the Bonus DVD/VOD which showcases solutions for ADHD.
The campaign can be found at: https://fromtheheartproductions.givecorps.com/projects/11125-documentaries-are-you-add-a-documentary
Writer/Director: Wes Gray
Director of Photography: Joshua Thomas Gray
Producer: Rodrigo Melo