In the pursuit of life after graduation, Jesse and his childhood friends embark on a trek into the mountains that brings the dangers of the wild, the burdens of youth, and a leap into adulthood.
Inspired at a young age by the book of Job, director Kyle Roberts has dreamed of bringing the story of the Godly sufferer to film for over a decade. The goal in making this movie is to present the tale of a teenager undergoing trials of flesh, friendship, and faith in a package appropriate to showcase in a church setting without excluding or alienating the general public.
We want to make a movie that is of high quality in a critical sense AND engages audiences in spiritual concepts. The film does not set out to teach a lesson or preach an idea, but to challenge the audience to ask questions and think critically about the characters, their situation, and the conclusions they draw throughout the film. This is a challenge to go deeper into the heart of God and of Man.
This story can not wait to be told. Teen depression is at an all time high. In the United States:
1 in 5 teens will reach severe depression before they reach adulthood.
1 in 20 teenagers suffer from severe depression at any given time.
Every 78 seconds a teen attempts suicide. Every 90 seconds they succeed.
1.2 million children will lose their parent to death before the age of 15.
80% of severe depression is curable but only 20% seek treatment.
earning the right to be heard
From day one, the approach we’ve taken with this project has been to not talk over people’s heads or shove a message down our audience’s throat, as some “Christian” films tend to. Teens aren’t idiots. They know when something is cheesy or fake. Many faith based films tend to take a message and grind it down 7 or 8 times throughout the story until it’s painful to watch. We are making a teen drama first and foremost, with faith based elements organically ingrained in the story. We have real characters with real problems, that’s what we call earning the right to be heard.