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The Truth, a Short Film

The Truth

A young girl keeps her diary and reaches out to you, using her cell phone, at the same time as she keeps a record of the truth.

She shares in her diary and with you - falling in love, hating her mother, hating her parents fighting, being afraid to grow up, being upset that they may move, loving the locket her aunt gives her and feeling loved in ways by her aunt that her parents can't seem to muster, wishing the boy she is in love with would grow taller, confronting her disappointment that she has no relationship with him, sharing her glee at having a best friend and confiding in each other, coming to terms with growing up, letting go of the her first love, getting ready to move and more. She turns off her phone and closes her diary as they move, happy that she has found a secret way, using her precious locket, to hold on to herself emotionally as the movers come.

  • Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
    Psychologist in private practice. First Female Filmmaker who is a practicing psychologist.
  • Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
    author of The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween and Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen
  • Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
  • Cassidy Terracciano
    Key Cast
    Cassidy has played Elle Woods in 'Legally Blonde',Sally Smith in 'Me and My Girl', Anne Frank in 'The Diary of Anne Frank' and Jane in 'Tarzan'.
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  • Genres:
    coming of age, self growth and discovery, Selfie as Film
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Garden State Film Festival
    Atlantic City, New Jersey
    April 3, 2016
    World Premiere
    The song, composed for The Truth, won the Award as the Best Pop Song for 2016.
  • Golden Door International Film Festival
    Jersey City, New Jersey
    United States
    September 30, 2016
Director Biography - Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein

Psychologist in private practice since 1981. Pathfinder in Positive Psychology for women and girls, published a first book for women in the field, The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy. Recent books focus on the challenge for girls to carry the best parts of themselves forward as they become teens. Books are The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween and Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen.

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Director Statement

"I am living my dream of bringing to girls and women the tools and encouragement to hold on to the best of themselves and to honor their dreams, aspirations, talents, and untapped potential. The Truth, A Short Film' as well as my other short films, utilizes a new technique that I have been developing as a psychologist and a filmmaker.
It is the "Selfiefilm", which means I use Selfie technology combined with B-role filming. I see my films as fictional drama, full of teachable moments. In these films we get to understand adolescence better. Grown-ups have simply forgotten many of the emotional aches and pains of growing up. They need to be reminded. Kids are living these moods and emotions right now, but don't know how to evaluate how they feel and often don't know how to reach solutions to challenging situations they are in. My films help both kids and adults by providing the information they need. These films are carefully designed to connect with young people and to arouse feelings and memories in adults. They are raw and real, as much of the filming is done by the actress with her own iphone, augmented at times with a B-roll team of camera people. Is the lighting perfect? No. Is the sound totally even? No. But does the film teach, give hope, and tell a real slice of life (that most of us have been through) in so touching a manner that the audience laughs and sighs from deep in their bellies? Yes.

Leaving the treatment room part of my day, to become a female filmmaker with mental file cabinet full of real life stories and issues that girls, tweens and teens face is so exciting. Now I have one more way to reach out to the public and via film give hope, encouragement and inspiration to so many!"

he treatment room to film by writing and directing 'The Truth' is fabulous as I have discovered another way to help give hope, meaning and positive energy to girl's lives. "