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Community gives feedback to documentary filmed in North Platte

Published: Feb. 22, 2021 at 5:08 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - It’s been a week since the release of a documentary based on mental health and poverty that was filmed in North Platte.

The film, “The Mind Inside Episode Three,” was filmed before the pandemic and features North Platte Public School District Student Service Director Brandy Buscher and School Resource Officer Jeremiah Johnson. It follows their journey on how they take on the daunting task of connecting children and families with the necessary resources to keep students engaged in school.

“I’ve received response from some of our community members in our community and the response has been overly positive,” said Officer Johnson. “They’ve asked how they can help, where they can give some donations. I’ve had a couple of parents who have seen and asked how they can get involved with Brandy’s backpack program and stuff like that so, I think the response has been pretty good in bringing awareness of some of these problems in our community.”

Even though the 50-minute film has only been out for a week, filmmakers hope it will open the door for discussion.

“You may not like everything you see in the film, but that doesn’t mean that’s what the part of the reality is, so I think if the film can be that, just that little crack of let’s have a discussion around it and how can we make it better,” said director of photography Andrew Marinkovich. “Because how else? These things that are uncomfortable to talk about don’t just come in conversation because I think we try to avoid them, we try to look at the good, and we try to be positive with it, but we can’t get better unless we address the things that there are room for improvements on.”

The film is available on the Nebraska Loves Public School website.

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