Save Me

Different people’s lives cross-paths to redeem a religious man who is overcome by alcoholism, as well as a racist father who refuses to accept his daughter's boyfriend.

  • Donald Cadman
    Director
    Phoney, Magic Hour, Submission
  • Dane Blake
    Writer
  • Donald Cadman
    Writer
    Phoney, Magic Hour, Submission
  • Dane Blake
    Song by
  • Marcello
    Song by
  • Franz Laporte
    Key Cast
    “Mike”
  • Nicole Bates
    Key Cast
    “Jane”
  • Jonathan Fisher
    Key Cast
    “John”
  • David Lee Vincent
    Key Cast
    “Ron”
  • Kelly Sherwood
    Key Cast
    “Nurse”
  • Chen Hudson, Donald Cadman
    Key Cast
    “Bar Extras”
  • Geordane Blake
    Key Cast
    “Angel”
  • Evan Latvalla
    Key Cast
    “Tom”
  • Elisabeth Kelly
    Key Cast
    “Charlotte”
  • College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Special Thanks to the Following Locations
  • The Brewmaster's Tavern
    Special Thanks to the Following Locations
  • The Black Sheep Deli
    Special Thanks to the Following Locations
  • South Congregational Church
    Special Thanks to the Following Locations
  • The Amherst Woman's Club
    Special Thanks to the Following Locations
  • David Newland
    Color Correction Assisted by
  • Northampton Community Television
    Equipment Provided By
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
    Edited on
  • Project Type:
    Student
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 11 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Donald Cadman

Donnie Cadman is a student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a rising filmmaker. He has written and directed short films including Sammy, Phoney, and a silent film titled The Dinner. He has also made promotional videos for Amherst Cinema, the New England Food Foundation, The Greater Boston Food Bank, and the UMass Oxford Summer Seminar. He is currently reuniting with The Greater Boston Food Bank on a series or short documentaries. You can see his work on Vimeo at vimeo.com/donnieboyuser, or contact him at dcadman@umass.edu or (508) 254-5838.

Dane Blake is a Producer, Songwriter of Different Genres of music with a creative mindset and a world full of ideas. He is also a member of the ASCAP Writing Society for Music. You can hear his work on the C.R.Y. (Comfort. Reaching. Yonder.) Ep covering topics of unreleased emotions of various life situations at bay in our nation and world at hand. Contact him at Worldmusicrhtent@gmail.com or Dane5Blake@Instagram, or call 413-424-0863.

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Director Statement

Making this video, we wanted to show how our shortcomings can put us in situations where helping others is the only way to help ourselves. We wanted to highlight how the once-religious alcoholic John - haunted by his subconscious Angel to do more good - overcomes his personal struggles through healing the racial tension between the black male Mike (whom John knew as a past-acquaintance during his religious days) and the racist Father of his girlfriend, Jane.

Unfortunately, even as we filmed, we were interrupted by an incident of prejudice when our actor John graciously let us use his motel apartment. Even though we spoke softly to not disturb the neighbors, filming in areas which were secluded to John's room, his landlord halted filming once he saw us.

Although we tried to negotiate with him to let us finish filming, he refused to listen - thus making our production more chaotic. The actual caring people, who willingly lent us their time to help make this story, shows that simple kindness goes a long way while being self-centered goes nowhere.

We hope to make people acknowledge the daily struggles we still face in today’s society concerning religious faith and discrimination against all races of Humanity, and that if we are to overcome them we must face our personal demons - and angels.