I last saw Debbie in 1985 and the section of the short film, the skipping out conversation happened. Debbie did not commit suicide Debbie died in her late 30s from breast cancer.
We corresponded the year before she died and she had a great last year. As much as one can have under the circumstances.
I wrote this script in 1992 and I produced it in 2004. I shot it for around $400, no more than $450 and most of that was catering for the crew and cast. Filmed in a single day in my house and at a nearby school.
The suicide storyline was inspired by another friend from another high school and I am happy to report that she and I had lunch this year and maintain regular contact.
it gets better is not just a project
it is a promise
from any adult who was once a teenager
and from all LBGTQ adults to those teens, we too say it can and does get better.