“Promise Me” is an emotionally charged social drama in which a once flourishing woman, now at the end of her life, struggles to ensure that her recently reconciled son does not make the same mistakes that she did.
Director: Kevin Machate
Kevin recently graduated from the University of Texas, with a BA in American Studies and minor in History. Although he began his film career as an actor, he quickly moved into Producing and eventually Directing. Kevin’s films have won numerous awards worldwide having been screened in various cities in the US, Europe, South America, Oceania, and Asia. This is his eighth short film as Producer and sixth as Director. He is a veteran of the US Air Force and a three-time Guinness World Record holder. Kevin was recently featured by Business Insider magazine as one of the most “Impressive Students at the University of Texas.”
In 1998 I was working as an HIV Risk Reduction counselor in Philadelphia . One day, I was talking to one of my co-workers, when she mentioned that her Mom had died the year before. As we got to know each other better, more details came out about her mother’s illness and the circumstances surrounding her death. While it’s clear that her Mom died as a result of cancer, it wasn’t the cancer that killed her. She took her own life before that could happen. I was stunned. My friend has never provided me with any details. This was the first time I had ever come face-to-face with the idea of Death with Dignity. The whole idea blew me away to the point that I never forgot about it.