RenoPalooza launches ‘Just One’ effort for suicide prevention film (photos)
On July 10, the first RenoPalooza took place at The Alpine House of Music & Events on Fourth Street. This was a fundraising event to help establish the “Just One” campaign with the goal of providing support and resources to tackle teen suicide. The centerpiece of the event was an impressive roster of local musical artists performing from 4.30pm until the wee hours of the morning.
Kat Heart opened the show with a solo performance singing and playing guitar. The first group of the evening was an incredibly young group of players called Split Persona. I was dazzled. They are an incredibly powerful hard rock band made up of four young men with a lot of opportunity ahead of them. They were followed by singer / songwriter Tyler Stafford. The transition from hard rock to Tyler was quite dramatic.
Then Pink Awful followed by Eric Stangeland, both of whom I know from their past involvement in the Forte ‘Awards. Pink Awful performed a strong and gritty set with singer Ashley Costelloe, creating a very imposing stage presence. Good performance.
Local artist and renowned guitar teacher Eric Stangeland continued his solo acoustic work. His last song was “Angel” by Jimi Hendrix. As Eric does not sing, he invited all those who would like to sing with him to come join him. Kyle Visco from Seedless 10 Den C obliged and did a great job.
After a short hiatus, Local Anthology kept the energy going with a solid rock and roll set, followed by the very talented Matt Reardon. Matt is very musically gifted and flexible, sitting with players like Buddy Emmer and The Blues Monsters whenever possible. That night, a dead battery put a damper in the wheels until the problem was diagnosed by sound guy Will Finn, and the show continued. While Reardon may have been rocked inside by the problem, he hasn’t shown it at all; a real professional.
The momentum continued as the man behind the night, Grady Holdridge, brought his band, Seedless 10 Den C, on stage for some reggae rock / funk. After that Kat Heart came back for some more music followed by Cliff Porter and Full Blast which ended my night in a fantastic way.
My camera battery was dead and my personal energy reserves were low. It’s been a long day. Even though I wasn’t there to enjoy it, Los Angeles band Hush and Reno Washoe wrapped up the evening’s live performances. Sorry I missed them, but I heard they were just as fantastic as everyone before them.
The show was filmed to produce a short film titled “Rain”. Filming was directed by local actor and producer Brian Perry with director Blaine Dahle. Local high school students were on hand to observe and prepare to participate in upcoming aspects of the project for which they will receive graduation credits. Reno’s Grady Holdridge wrote the film which will no doubt be developed by those involved in its final creation.
“If this prevents one person from ‘Just One’ from committing suicide, it will be worth our effort.”
More than music
But it wasn’t just an evening of music and drink. This is an effort to raise awareness of the third leading cause of death in adolescents today: suicide. There have been great losses across the country and in our own community.
The genesis of the idea came when Holdridge was discussing filming a music video for his song “Rain” with producer Brian Perry. The subject of the song is teenage suicide. Perry’s vision for the idea was much larger than just a music video.
The concept grew when Perry contacted a colleague, director Blaine Dahle in Los Angeles. Dahle recently worked with director Michael Leoni who just released his film, “When Today Ends,” which follows the true story of four teenagers participating in a trend from around four years ago that claimed the lives of many. teenagers. Back then, teens would post videos online where they held cards with messages on them, going through them one by one until they came to the last one that read something like “When does today end?” … I won’t be here anymore. At this point, they would kill themselves “live” on social media platforms.
Dahle bought into the idea of “Rain” and wanted to get involved. The original budget estimate was $ 100,000, but with minimal spending it could be reduced to around $ 20,000. This is where fundraising is needed.
A committee was formed to create and organize the project and get things done. Members of this committee include the Principal of Innovations High School in the Washoe County School District, Taylor Harper, Brian Perry, Jave Patterson, Connie Wray-Gaudard, Executive Director Emilio Parga of Solace Tree, Matt Reardon, Shannon Mateo who lost her son Brandon to suicide last year. , and Holdridge and Dahle.
The “Just One” campaign was born, and out of it was Holdridge’s RenoPalooza event, the first step in fundraising for the film.
The scenario developed for the film “Rain” will follow a young couple in turmoil. In deep despair, the man is seen shooting guns and thinking about bad options. After a dream streak that is the music video, he ends up asking for help and solving his problems rather than harming himself.
The plan is to show the film to as many high schools as possible to raise awareness of the gravity of the situation and let teens know it’s okay to ask for help when needed. They are not alone. With Harper’s support, additional filming will be done on campus and will include students from the school.
The crowdfunding will continue throughout the summer and into September, culminating on September 25 with a school rally event at Innovations High School featuring music from local and outside artists. the city, as well as the film’s premiere, “Rain”.
With help from Washoe County School District ombudsman and Strategy Officer Paul LaMarca, “Just One” plans to release the video in September 2022 to up to 20 high schools in the area during Awareness Month. suicide prevention. The presentation days will include live music and the screening of the short film “Rain” as well as the film by Michael Leoni, “When Today Ends”.
For more information or to contribute to the fund, follow the links below.
Nick McCabe is a Reno-based photojournalist and musician. He has been touring the Reno-Tahoe area since 2006 and writing articles and reviews since 2012, as well as occasional interviews. His musical education and playing experience dates back to 1967. He is a founding member of the Reno Tahoe Forte ‘Awards, and he still plays music locally for fun. First concert: Jimi Hendrix. Last concert: we’ll see.