A Film by Prentice Dupins
Funding Goal: $24,000
Filmmaker Prentice Dupins shares his vision for Last Stop.
An old African proverb says, “When an old man dies, a library burns.” With the help of family members, I was able to trace my ancestry to my 2nd great grandfather, James, Pearcy, an emancipated slave who served in the Civil War. It was during this journey of my past that I posed the question, what would my kinfolk say to me if they could speak to me now? What would their libraries have offered me? What words would they have given to me when I faced a moment of crisis and sought to abandon life? From these thoughts sprang the story of Last Stop. It is a story I believe my great great grandfather would have shared with me when I gave up on life and attempted suicide in college.
Last Stop is the story of Benjamin Wilson, a young African American male and his struggle to go on living. A veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Benjamin has given up on life and his family. He seeks solace in the family cemetery as he gathers the courage to end his life. As he pours out his despair and a bottle of whiskey in tribute to friends and beloved family members, Benjamin finds himself inexplicably transported back to 1860. He now must fight to survive the night as a runaway slave.
On this journey, Benjamin runs into Hannah and Pearcy, two older enslaved Africans on a plantation. In addition to comfort and a place to hide, they help Benjamin face some realities of life and truths about himself. When those seeking to capture him as a runaway track him down to the plantation where he hides, Benjamin attempts to flee by crossing into free territory.
Last Stop Donor Perks
$25.00 - Bronze sponsors will receive a "Thank You" credit in the film.
$50.00 - Titanium sponsors will receive a thank you credit in the film, a signed production still, and a digital download of the film.
$100.00 - Silver sponsors will receive a thank you credit in the film, a signed production still, a digital download of the film, and admittance to the Pre-screening Reception.
$250.00 - Gold sponsors will receive a thank you credit in the film, a signed production still, a digital download of the film, and admittance to the Pre-screening Reception and the Director's Cast and Production Dinner.
$500.00 - Platinum sponsors will receive a signed production still, a digital download of the film, admittance to the Pre-screening Reception and the Director's Cast and Production Dinner, and an Associate Producer credit in the film.
$1,000.00 - Diamond sponsors are those that contribute $1,000.00 or more towards the campaign. They will receive a signed production still, a digital download of the film, admittance to the Pre-screening Reception and the Director's Cast and Production Dinner, and an Executive Producer credit in the film.
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Your tax-deductible donation will go directly to production expenses and will give voice to the past to help those in the present live fulfill a life into the future. The film will be presented at festivals and made available to youth organizations and support groups. No man knows the true value of his life unless he reflects on those that gave to him and those to which he gives. Your contribution will help us share this message of hope with many so they too may reflect and seek a path to a better present and future.
Hello. I’m Prentice Dupins, a former educator and candidate for the Master of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking. I’ve traveled an interesting path in life to arrive on this current assignment of filmmaker. After 28 years of educating through the classroom, I returned to the university classroom to pull together my experiences and training under the mantle of filmmaker. My purpose as a filmmaker is to inspire, educate, and challenge others to use their God-given potential to fulfill their destiny.
Young and old struggle with questions of the importance of life, specifically their own. Last Stop is my thesis film for completion of the MFA program and a message that speaks to a generation struggling with questions of purpose and value. Its straightforward message that life is precious comes across through the actions of those that lived during a troubled time in our country’s history.