Meet the Filmmakers: Carrie O’Toole and Brendan O’Toole, “Forfeiting Sanity”

Forfeiting Sanity | www.solarrevelationproductions.com

fsQ: Why did you become a filmmaker?
BOT: I’ve been doing this since before I can remember. According to my kindergarten teachers, I would direct kids in reenactments of Star Trek on the playground, and I’d make little movies on whiteboards to bring in to show and tell. It kind of just grew from there.

Q: What are we going to see at the Film Novella & Feature Fest? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
BOT: You’re going to see “Forfeiting Sanity,” which is a documentary about three families who adopted children from Vietnam, from the same orphanage, and all of them lived in Colorado. Through the struggles brought on by what’s known as Reactive Attachment Disorder, none of the children remain with the families they were originally adopted into. It has already premiered, and our plan for it isn’t big or grand. It’s found its legs as a tool that other families use to show the people around them what they’re going through in the midst of a difficult adoption.
COT: At the Film Festival, we will be showing “Forfeiting Sanity,” the story of three families who adopted children using the same adoption agency, through the same Vietnamese orphanage, in the same room. All three children came to live in Colorado. Describing very similar struggles with Reactive Attachment Disorder, and behavior stemming from their children’s traumatic early years, the three families share their difficult, decade-long journeys through parenting, and the horrendous struggle about what to do to help their children heal, while holding their families together.

Q: What else are you working on?
BOT: I am currently working on getting a feature film financed for production next year. It’s called Artemis One, and it’s about a girl who’s created a Warp Drive in her backyard.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
BOT: I don’t know if this is weird or not, but I enjoy trying to eke out every last drop of potential I can from whatever resources I’m working with.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
BOT: You can visit my website at, www.solarrevelationproductions.com
COT: People can find Carrie at www.carrietooole.com. She works as a Life Coach, helping families who have been traumatized through parenting traumatized children. She is a sought after speaker, and author of Relinquished: When Love Means Letting Go.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
BOT: It seems like a great tool for local filmmakers. Another film I worked on as a 1st AC has been shown you EFP, and I hope that others can take advantage of it on their way to becoming better filmmakers.

Forfeiting Sanity will screen November 20th at 4:00 p.m. during 2016 Film Novella & Feature Fest at The Bug Theatre.