A film project produced by Karen DeLoach of Command Performance Productions and written by Zachary T. Francis of 1heart Arts Ministries. Chords is centered on the topics of cutting and suicide, with a backdrop of the drug culture. Interviews and research being conducted in preparation for the writing of this film. If you or someone you know would be interested in contributing to this research, please contact Zach@1heartarts.org.

Chords Film Blog

Join us as we explore the topics of cutting, suicide & the drug culture
  • 3.13.17 In today’s world, we always want to point out a reason why someone acts a certain way. If they are depressed, we may ask if someone has died recently. If they are stressed, we might ask how their work life is going. Indeed, with people who self-harm, we find most of them hurt themselves to deal with some tragedy in their lives. But when we meet someone…should we assume that? What if we can’t find a tragedy that is the source of their pain…the source of their desire to self-harm? Here are a few examples below based on real life situations of people who self-harm but don’t fit in the “box” of ...
    Posted Mar 13, 2017, 6:33 PM by Susannah Francis
  • 1.13.15 A couple of years ago, we interviewed a girl who used to cut and she told us that she “resents the fact that she can’t cut anymore.”  When I asked why she resents it, she responded by saying, “Other people can drink, do drugs, whatever to cope with their life and no one says anything to them, but I can’t cut.”  It seems in her case, she stopped cutting because her friends and family implied to her that if she didn't stop cutting they would stop seeing her, supporting her.  She was even told by a Christian counselor that “God hates that you cut.”  When asked how that made her feel, she responded with, “God hates me ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2015, 12:41 PM by Susannah Francis
  • 3.21.13 By Zachary T. FrancisMatthew 28 commands us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” But how do we reach people for Christ? In Haiti, it would be very difficult to preach the gospel as a woman if you were wearing shorts because Christian women in Haiti always wear skirts. In some parts of Africa, many preach the gospel by telling picture stories because that is what resonates with them. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 states the following ...
    Posted Mar 21, 2013, 11:18 PM by Susannah Francis
  • 01.17.13 By Zachary T. FrancisWhen you think of someone who might cut themselves, who would you think…someone from an abusive home? Someone who is poor, grew up in violence? Here are a few profiles I found of people who self harm. I hold a high paying job as a lawyer for a pharmaceutical company. Grew up with wealthy family. I have a 4.2 GPA. But that doesn't mean that I don’t have pain. I am a varsity cheerleader and have been for four years and before that I was a junior high cheerleader for two years. In junior high I also played volleyball and track. I talk to everyone at school; I talk to the people ...
    Posted Jan 17, 2013, 8:40 AM by Susannah Francis
  • 12.1.12 By Zachary T. FrancisAs I was compiling my notes from previous interviews, online conversations, e-mail etc from the cutting projects, a few messages stuck out to me. You pushed me to this God. Where are you in this?Elizabeth was very confused about God. Is this what he wanted for her? She prayed "God, stop Uncle Phil," but the abuse went on. Didn't God care about her? Was he powerless? Why didn't God answer her prayers? If there was a god, how could god allow repeated and ongoing rape and abuse and torture of me and other children, murder, etc.These are hard questions for any of us to answer. When Job lost his family, his ...
    Posted Dec 2, 2012, 1:00 PM by Susannah Francis
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