A Sense of Purpose: Fighting For Our Lives
Tagline – For Some Veterans, the Real War Begins When They Return Home
A Sense of Purpose: Fighting For Our Lives focuses on two characters - Army veteran SGT. DIANE TORRES and CAPTAIN JAKE NIXON.
Diane is a medic, who returns home from Afghanistan. She struggles to learn how to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and assimilate back into society after she has been sexual assaulted by her commanding officer.
One evening when Diane is out enjoying herself with a few drinks at a bar that is close to the military base, and she has a little too much to drink, she is offered a ride back to the base by her commanding officer, CAPTAIN JAKE NIXON and three Army Sergeants. But Nixon, and the three soldiers, have other plans for Diane. Back at the base she is raped by Nixon while
the other men cheer him on. Devastated by the attack, she turns to her best friend, SABRINA SMITH, who is also an Army medic. Badly bruised with lacerations, Sabrina gives Diane medical attention.
Distraught, Diane begs Nixon for a discharge, but he refuses. Eventually, she takes matters into her own hands when she attempts to go AWOL. That plan is foiled by Nixon when he catches Diane and orders her back to the military base.
Diane finally gets her discharge when her mother is killed in a car accident. Once home, Diane finds out she is pregnant. Dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from the rape, she doesn’t know how to deal with the emotional turmoil and the fact that she is caring the unborn child of a rapist. She struggles to figure out if she wants to keep the baby or abort it.
Practically every night, Diane can be found drinking at her neighborhood bar, Paddy Whacks Pub. Angry and bitter, she gets arrested one evening for beating up a guy who flirts with her in the pub.
Depression overcomes Diane and she attempts to commit suicide one evening by blowing her brains out with a gun. In a quick moment, she adverts the gun and doesn’t go through with it. Still, she is admitted into a mental health facility for observation.
Meanwhile, Sabrina tracks down Captain Nixon and confesses that she has been stalking him for the sole purpose to make him pay for what he did to Diane. A heated exchange occurs in a restaurant between the two of them which leads the waitress to threaten to call the police. Sabrina leaves with the promise that Nixon will “get his.”
Eventually, Diane changes for the better and learns the tools to cope with PTSD when she starts going to counseling with PASTOR HALEY MITCHELL. She also takes riding lessons at the Bill Pickett Riding Academy and finds peace and relaxation grooming her horse at the stables. Overtime, Diane actually looks forward to becoming a mother despite how she got pregnant.
Nixon continues to be a cocky, arrogant ass until he learns he has stage four prostate cancer. It is at this time of reflection that it is revealed that Nixon also suffers from PTSD as a result of the horrors of war. In a raid on an Afghan village, Nixon kills a young boy. He never gets over this and has constant nightmares.
Now, with only a short time to live, he wants to make things right. First, Nixon confesses to his best friend, MIKE BEASON, that he is a serial rapist. Mike, who is a veteran, was sexually assaulted by his commanding officer when he was in bootcamp. Although, they have been friends for twenty years, Mike, who suffers from PTSD, wants nothing to do with Nixon even after he learns Nixon is dying.
Nixon, still searching for forgiveness, meets with Diane. However, the encounter between the two of them changes both of their lives forever when one of them ends up dead.
JILLIAN BULLOCK (Writer, Producer, Director, Actor, Fight Choreographer)
Jillian is a screenwriter, producer, and an award-winning filmmaker. While in college, she worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal . After graduation from La Salle University in 1991, Jillian began her filmmaking career with an internship on the set of Spike Lee's movie, “Malcolm X .” She has gone on to produced short films, a documentary called “A Filmmaker’s Personal Journey ,” which won the Mickey Michaux Award, and one feature film entitled “Spirit,” which involved boxing, wrestling and martial arts. Since then Jillian has won additional awards for film projects and for her involvement in the film community in Philadelphia.
She has sold two scripts in her career so far -“The Champion Inside” and “Scar Across My Heart.” Since 2007, Jillian has been a screenwriting judge for the Set in Philadelphia Screenwriting contest, which is sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. Jillian stepped away from filmmaking for roughly 10 years to concentrate on writing her memoir, HERE I STAND, which was published in 2012. Jillian’s next book, Murder At Sunrise, will be published in 2017.
With Jillian’s extensive background in boxing and martial arts, (she has two black belts, one in Tae Kwon Do and the other in Wing Chun), she currently trains in Muay Thai and boxing.
Jillian is the CEO/President of Jillian Bullock Enterprises, LLC an empowerment and entertainment production company based in PA. She has a couple of film projects in the works, including A Sense of Purpose: Fighting For Our Lives and Listen to What the Dead are Saying.
During the production of A Sense of Purpose: Fighting For Our Lives , Jillian will wear the hats of director, producer, actress, and fight choreographer.
DELAYNE POWE (Producer)
Delayne Powe has been Jillian Bullock’s producing partner for the past 20 years. They first met at Blockbuster Video, (when there were video stores), as Assistant Managers, and quickly developed a bond over their love of movies. Within the next year, they started a production company, Jaguar Productions, Inc., after Jillian wrote her first script Totally Wicked . The low-budget film was just a stepping stone to get their feet wet in the film business and they learned a lot, the good, the bad, and the ugly of filmmaking. They went on to produce A Filmmaker’s Personal Journey , Spirit , and other short videos and films.
When Jillian and Delayne are between projects, Delayne works at Jillian Bullock Enterprises, LLC as a publicist. She has been instrumental in getting Jillian media coverage in local and national newspapers, magazines, radio, and on TV programs.
Delayne, who is the Vice-President of Jillian Bullock Enterprises, LLC, will work on A Sense of Purpose: Fighting For Our Lives as a producer. She will also take on the role of product placement manager.
LAMONT FOUNTAIN (Producer/Director of Photography/Editor)
When Lamont Fountain was ten years old he discovered music by playing his grandfather’s piano. Through the years, he also taught himself how to play guitar and drums. Eventually, Lamont would go on to become a music producer, and he has worked with mega producers like Scott Storch, Vidal Davis and Andre Harris. He produced a local hip hop group who would go on tour with The Roots. Lamont also he wrote and produced music for the hit CBS show “Hack.”
In 2005, Lamont began studying film and cinema, researching psychology and the language of film for a documentary about religious cults he was making. In 2011, he was hired to create all of the media for startup organic fertilizer company Envirokure, which consisted of three corporate promotional videos, logo and promotional literature. In 2015, Lamont directed and edited the music video and short for James Knight’s “Abandoned.” In the first two weeks of the release the video received over 23,000 views. In 2016, the music video was nominated, and won, best music video at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. He also won best music video at the 2016 Ocktober Film Festival in New York.
Lamont will serve as the Director of Photography, Editor and Producer on “A Sense of Purpose: Fighting For Our Lives.”
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