The backbone of SHATTERED ICE is inspired by Jake, Chris, & Ben’s high school, where multiple students who died by suicide, but have continued to lose students, friends, loved ones, and community members of our Massachusetts town to mental health. Although the storyline, town, and characters are fictional in the film, the message behind the film's story deeply connects to the events occurring in the small Massachusetts town. Our goal with the film is to raise awareness, tell a powerful story, and send a message to other young people that there is light at the end of the tunnel even in the darkest times.
“Shattered Ice is inspired by my own high school experience at Needham High School in Massachusetts between 2004-2009, where we lost multiple students to suicide. This fictional story is an amalgamation of experiences and events that took place while I was in high school, with a few creative liberties taken. We lost friends, we picked each other up, and we went to a hell of a lot of high school hockey games.”
"Shattered Ice is a tense, realistic and ultimately uplifting sports drama in the vein of Friday Night Lights. It's a comeback story for a teenager and his community after a tragic and shocking loss. It's a story that highlights the irony of today, where we are a button push away from talking to anyone, but many people feel more alone than ever. In a world where communication is taken for granted, we forget what it's like to really talk, to really share your feelings with someone, and in the sports world, where being tough and kicking ass is valued above all else, perhaps what takes the greatest courage is showing vulnerability. This message is why I want to tell this story."
“The most important thing is…it’s about the conversation. What they (Shattered Ice) are doing is opening up the opportunity for all of us to talk about something that can be so scary and is a topic many of us grew up thinking it was a very taboo topic…” -Samaritans, Inc.