Local filmmaker produces short film focused on texting and driving distracted

| September 27, 2013
J. Eric Smith (Courtesy photo)

J. Eric Smith (Courtesy photo)

FORT WAYNE—According to the National Safety Council, there are 1.6 million accidents per year due to texting while driving distracted. An area filmmaker and producer has come out with a short film in hopes of reducing that staggering number.

J. Eric Smith, CEO and founder of Editainment Film Productions (Efpfilms), a local film production company in Fort Wayne that produces Melodrama films, has produced a spine chilling short film about texting while driving distracted.

The film, “The Last Text Message,” is scheduled to be shown at 5 p.m., Oct. 5 on at Carmike Jefferson Point 18 Theater, 4250 W. Jefferson Blvd. Efpfilms is also planning to air their other short film, “Help, I need a jump,” as a double feature to the texting and driving movie. Both films are rated “G.”

 “Ms. Diveeta,” a local resident of Fort Wayne, who lost her son in October 2008, due to texting and driving distracted, is one of many people that has been raising awareness concerning this issue for about five years. Ms. Diveeta, who also founded STANDD—Stop Texting And Driving Distracted—makes an appearance at the end film to help get the message across to the community of Fort Wayne first, and possibly the world.

Tickets are available for purchase at Burger Dairy III, 811 E. Pontiac St. until Oct. 2. and cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

For more information, contact J. Eric Smith at (260) 348-9992 or visit efpfilms@gmail.com.

The Last Text Message short film poster (Courtesy image)

The Last Text Message short film poster (Courtesy image)

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