What if you were paralyzed with fear every time you wanted to walk out your front door? What if you could barely muster the courage to do so? What if you had to talk yourself out of a sheer panic every time you wanted to start your car? This is what ArLynn Presser goes through every day. Sometimes it takes her minutes to build up the strength, sometimes hours, sometimes she can’t do it at all.
ArLynn suffers from agoraphobia and chronic anxiety. She’s lived with this for over 30 years; on New Years Eve 2010, she decided to try and conquer her worst fears. She’s visited almost all 335 of her Facebook friends around the world by the end of 2011. Some of these live in her home town of Chicago, but others live in L.A, New York, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Canada, England, Italy, India, United Arab Emirates, Taiwan, Korea, Philippines and more.
To realize her dream and conquer her worst enemy, ArLynn had to circumnavigate the globe to put a face to Facebook. This is ArLynn’s “Face to Facebook” project. She met people she hasn’t seen since grade school, close friends and family and people she’s never met outside of Facebook. This will be an epic journey around the world, to discover herself, her own personal strength, to emerge from her shell of paralyzing fears to experience the world and discover the amazing stories of her friends and family.
This documentary shadows ArLynn on her “Face to Facebook” project as she struggles to just walk out her front door with the determination to conquer her fears. It is an inspiring journey of one woman against herself and the world, using Facebook as her means of connecting with the outside world, both online and now, in real life. With interviews from ArLynn, her friends across the globe, her family, psychiatric experts, experts on social media, facebook architects, and the people she encountered, we go along with her on this incredible journey, showing not only her personal struggle, but the glorious wonders of the world that she would otherwise have missed if she had succumbed to her fears.
Part personal journey, part exploration, part informative, the documentary of “Face to Facebook” will is a visually stunning, emotionally compelling and incredibly inspiring story of one woman taking on the world to truly face herself, realize her potential and conquer a disorder that has left her isolated for years. It is a candid look at a woman who struggles with her own fears, a stunning look at the world around us through fresh eyes and a heartwarming tale of friends whose stories and support help shape a view of who ArLynn is and who she can become.
Ben Gonzales- Director/Producer:
Since graduating in 2000 with a degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University, Ben has been an associate producer for multi-million dollar independent films such as “Heavens Fall” with Timothy Hutton, David Strathairn, Anthony Mackie, & Leelee Sobieski; the upcoming feature “No God, No Master” with David Strathairn, Sam Witwer and Ray Wise; and “Almost Salinas” with John Mahoney, Virginia Madsen and Lindsey Crouse. He was the Director of Photography on a short mockumentary, “Dancing with Gaia” and was an assistant camera on various shorts and commercials. Ben has also been an award-winning photographer and videographer in Chicago for the past 10 years. This documentary will be his feature film directorial debut.
Chad Wilson – Producer
Chad J. Wilson is a freelance producer/director residing in Chicago, Illinois. A film studies major in college Chad moved to Los Angeles directly after graduation where he worked in various capacities in the motion picture industry. In 2000, Chad moved to Chicago where has since produced and directed 4 feature length documentaries, a feature length horror film, 20 music videos, and over fifty commercials and industrials. Earlier this year, some of Chad’s work was selected by Saturday Night Live Alumnus Nora Dunn for a showcase at the “Just for Laughs Film Festival.”