Upcoming Crowdfunded Narcissist the Movie, Story of Painful Relationship Involving Narcissistic Personality Disorder, to Promote Understanding, Healing

Posted by admin on March 26, 2013

Because Political Ponerology mostly focuses on the emergence of “evil” at the macrosocial level of nations and governments, some forget that, even in that seminal book, Andrew M. Lobaczewski talks about how it plays out at the smaller human systems scale, as well. Make no mistake, ponerology is just as concerned with what underlies harmful behavior that takes place in the most intimate one-on-one relationships as it is with how psychopathic dictators can disrupt the lives of millions. In fact, it is not only concerned with both, but with understanding how these phenomena at these different system levels interconnect and feed back upon each other.

It is in this context that I’d like to share with you a project that recently came to my attention.

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a tweet. It was from an actor who was announcing that he had been given a small role in a new movie about Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD). Of course, this drew my interest as I always have an eye out for any new media that focuses on educating the public about the personality disorders and other conditions marked by reduced empathy.

So I looked into the project more and here are some of the details.

The film’s title is pretty straightforward. It’s Narcissist the Movie.

I like that title because anyone who sees the film will know right off the bat that this is not simply another film, like so many, about just any complex, challenging character, but rather one about someone who is explicitly identified as a narcissist. Hopefully this clarity will increase the likelihood that the viewer will actually remember the term “narcissist,” along with some facts about NPD, after watching it. Perhaps they will be motivated to do some additional research on NPD after seeing the film, as well. In fact, even those who never do watch the film may be intrigued enough to do some investigation based on hearing the title alone.

Narcissist the Movie is part of that new wave of films whose creators are seeking crowdfunding to help make their dream a reality. The fundraising for this one is being facilitated by the Narcissist the Movie Indiegogo page.

That page not only serves to help them raise the necessary money to produce the film (as of this writing they have already exceeded their goal of raising $6000), but also offers a wealth of information about it.

It’s evident from the video made to introduce the project to potential donors – featuring producer Steven Tylor O’Connor, producer, writer and director Eric Casaccio and lead actor Hunter Lee Hughes – that this is an endeavor about which the creators are passionate.

From what I’m able to gather, one of the filmmakers actually experienced the devastating end of a relationship with someone with NPD. Many who have been through a similar turn of events know how wrenching it can be and that, as one negotiates the agonizing withdrawal from the relationship – literally withdrawing the energy it was consuming back into oneself – the recovered energy often fuels a strong drive to educate others about one’s experience and the lessons it has yielded. This is especially true when those lessons include a sudden awareness that a specific empathy-reducing condition, such as Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder or psychopathy, was involved in the relationship and its breakdown.

However strong that drive to educate others is, though, it nonetheless takes a great deal of strength and courage to transform one’s pain into creativity and speak up to help others either avoid such a destructive relationship or more successfully heal from one.

In the fundraising video, Hughes says:

“In this upcoming film Narcissist, I play Evan, a man dealing with the fallout of a painful relationship with someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. For those of you who have been in that position, you know that dealing with a narcissist is a difficult and painful experience.”

The three then explain in more detail just what that experience is actually like.

Casaccio says:

“The purpose of creating this story is to inspire others that have suffered the posttraumatic stress from this kind of relationship or connection.”

Now, I have no way of predicting the quality of the film. I don’t believe they have yet even begun the actual process of filming it. But there are a couple things I really like about what I have seen regarding this project

So while I don’t know how the film will turn out, it seems to have the potential to be one that can make a real difference for some people. Perhaps, having seen it, viewers will more quickly recognize a narcissist and maintain strong boundaries. Or maybe they will realize they are already in a doomed relationship with a narcissist and begin to find a way out. Or maybe they will gain a new perspective on a breakup with a narcissist that took place last week or last year or ten years ago and some ragged wounds will be mended through newfound understanding.

Usually, when I write about a film, if you are interested, the best option available to you is to go watch it. But in the case of Narcissist the Movie, at least if you’re reading this around the time of its posting, you can actually help contribute to its making – and you can get some nice perks for doing so, as well, depending on how much you contribute.

If you want to learn more about Narcissist the Movie, check out:

Here is the trailer for the film (Added October 16, 2013)

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