JUST LIKE WILL
Image courtesy of Sharon Hallman
In the wake of tragedy, a grieving mother leads a cast of teens in a rock opera about hope.
A WILL TO SURVIVE was a rock opera written in reaction to the loss of a teenager named William Robinson. After Will took his own life, a music therapist named Tom Sweitzer set out to write the rock opera to help encourage teens to reach out for help and support in difficult times. In an astounding act of courage, Will's own mother Ann-Charlotte Robinson agreed to help advise Tom in the writing process and eventually star in the stage production.
Expanding on the award-winning short A MOTHER'S WILL, JUST LIKE WILL is a documentary that follows the cast as they prepare to take the stage for a sold-out performance at the legendary Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The film also interviews the cast and studies the ripple effects of positive change that are set in motion by the rock opera, both in the lives of the cast and in the lives of the audience members.
Runtime: 40 minutes
Produced in association with A PLACE TO BE.
Winner, Best Documentary: Skyline Indie Film Fest
Winner, Best Director: Continental Film Festival
Special Mention, Best Documentary Short: Global Monthly Online Film Festival
Semi-Finalist, Best Long Documentary Short: Alternative Film Festival
Semi-Finalist, Best Director: Long Documentary Short: Alternative Film Festival
Honorable Mention: Love Wins Film Festival
Official Selection: Awareness Festival
Official Selection: Stockholm City Film Festival