Los Angeles, California | Film Short


Laurie Gardiner

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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This campaign raised $17,925 for production. Follow the filmmaker to receive future updates on this project.

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After a British boy moves to Houston, TX following a tragic loss, his new school is forced to make a difficult decision when his behavior becomes increasingly disconcerting. Inspired by real events and observes one of the loneliest disorders that children recovering from life altering traumas face.

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Mission Statement

Our team is dedicated to creating a power salad of dynamic stories that shed light on unique perspectives from the Black community that haven't been explored cinematically. “Remedial” will address issues within often-marginalized communities to create dialogue and action towards positive change.

The Story


As Will struggles to cope with the tragic loss of his father, his mother resolves to build a new life by relocating to Houston, TX. Shortly after enrolling in a new school, Will’s behavior becomes increasingly disconcerting as he is haunted by recurring memories of his final moments with his father. The perpetual thought of drowning, which is triggered by the most common daily tasks, consumes his mind until he realizes there is no escape. While his mother continues to process her own grief, she fails to recognize that Will is showing symptoms of PTSD; and as his grasp on reality begins to slip, Will becomes determined to hold onto the fleeting memories of his father by any means necessary. A determination that drives him to violence and causes his homeroom teacher to misdiagnose his PTSD with ADHD. 

Inspired by real events, this film observes one of the loneliest disorders and the avoidable struggles that children recovering from life altering traumas face. We are wholeheartedly committed to telling stories that raise awareness of the unheard challenges facing people around the world with invisible disabilities and it would be an honor to continue our mission with YOUR SUPPORT! 

REMEDIAL draws inspiration from Barry Jenkin’s MOONLIGHT, Ryan Coogler’s FRUITVALE STATION, and Damien Chazelle's WHIPLASH.

Our creative vision for this film is one that embraces darkness and shadow. As our protagonist navigates the tangled web of his past, we plan to use documentary shooting techniques such as hand held camera shots, long takes and minimalist lighting aesthetics to achieve a moody, but realistic mise-en-scene.

The look of REMEDIAL will also create an immersive experience as the high-contrast world will be divided between shadow and light with an expressionistic use of blues, reds and greens. Using these techniques will help to steer us away from portraying life as we wish it were, but instead capture life with all of its darkness and shadows, as it actually is.

Research shows that about 6.4 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD, a very serious and real disability. Although children under the age of 16 must show symptoms for six months or more in order to be diagnosed, psychologists and health experts believe that children are being grossly misdiagnosed with ADHD in the USA... Nearly one million children to be exact.

The study proves that people with disabilities are one of the most underrepresented minority in Hollywood and it is my hope that REMEDIAL will disrupt that pattern, and serve as a catalyst for change. Additionally, your investment in this film goes far beyond the completion of this project. We see REMEDIAL as a crucial stepping stone that can take this director and members of her team into the next phase of their careers as artists and open up a world of possibilities that were not previously available. 

Our initial plans to film REMEDIAL in 2020 were brought to an unexpected halt due to COVID-19, but we have not let the pandemic derail our plans. Although we are crowdfunding for multiple reasons, we to want to ensure that we have the necessary PPE, COVID compliance officers and testing, which takes upwards of 10-15 percent of the overall budget. While we all want to get back to work, it's imperative that safety be our number one priority moving forward!


The budget we have set is the minimum needed to make the film at the professional level. We have all been asked to work for credit, in unsafe conditions, or to chip in for the meal. We are ending that culture. We'll have a safe production full of well-fed, compensated people.

Beyond that:

If we raise $22,000 - we'll be able to pay our crew/cast appropriately, which is extremely important to us!

If we raise $25,000 - we'll have completely covered our Post-Production cost!

If we raise $30,000 - we'll have covered marketing and distribution costs!


Follow our campaign and stay up-to-date on the latest REMEDIAL news! It's 100% free. What does the REMEDIAL team get out of it? Seed&Spark rewards us for building our audience. The more followers we get, the more we unlock products, services, and festival fee waivers courtesy of Seed&Spark!!!


You can make a contribution to our film by making a pledge. We have to collect 80% of our crowdfunding goal to keep our funds. You can choose an incentive or make a pledge to a specific wishlist item. You can also choose any pledge and incentive amount that fits your budget. No pledge is too small and every dollar makes a difference in making our film possible!


Can't make a monetary pledge but have services or items you can loan? Check out our wishlist! We can offer credit and/or advertising. Feel free to make a loan request in our "Wishlist" tab or email us at [email protected].


  • Catering
  • Child Extras, ages 10-15. (2 days)
  • PPE (masks, hand sanitizer, etc.)
  • A modest home where our crew has access to the kitchen, living room and pool if possible! Huge ask, we know, but we believe in miracles!


The only way we will reach our crowdfunding goal is if we reach beyond our networks. If you’d like to be a part of supporting BIPOC female filmmakers and diverse stories, YOU can make the difference in our success!

Please share our campaign via your social media, email, word-of-mouth, however you want! We can't do this without YOU!

To make things easier, here are some examples you can copy and paste!

Option 1:

Help filmmaker @lauriegardiner by supporting her heartfelt film REMEDIAL about a young British boy struggling to navigate mental illness after moving Texas following an unexpected loss. Join them on @seedandspark: bit.ly/remedialthefilm

Option 2:

I just watched the REMEDIAL campaign video on the SEED&SPARK website and WOW, you've got to support this short film by @lauriegardiner! Join them on @seedandspark: bit.ly/remedialthefilm

Option 3:

I'm so excited to see the short film REMEDIAL, by writer/director @lauriegardiner, be made in this fall!!! Support them on @seedandspark: bit.ly/remedialthefilm


To the right (or below if you're scrolling on your phone), you'll find that we put together some amazing incentives for your gracious donations!!! We love you!!! xxx

Thank you again for all your love and support. Together we can make this film possible and bring the change we want to see.


Use the WishList to Pledge cash and Loan items - or - Make a pledge by selecting an Incentive directly.

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Camera, lenses, and accessories.


Costs $8,500

Help us hire the best crew to bring this story to life!


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These funds will be used to pay our amazing talent!


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Provide meals and craft services for cast & crew. Donations welcome!


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Hand sanitizer, masks, COVID testing, cleaning supplies. Donations welcome.


Costs $3,000

Securing the best locations will ensure our film feels as authentic as possible!

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