Short Film Plain Clothes Examines the Story of a Police Officer with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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Short Film Plain Clothes Examines the Story of a Police Officer with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Written, Directed and Starring Sam Jaeger (American Sniper, Parenthood)

Plain Clothes, a gripping account of a police officer diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is now available online via Meritage Pictures on Vimeo and YouTube. Written, directed and starring Sam Jaeger, known as Joel on the NBC hit show Parenthood and Captain Martens in American Sniper, Plain Clothes is an intimate look into the struggles faced by officers everywhere. Jaeger was inspired to make this film from discussions he had with officers in the field, about the difficulties balancing a harrowing work life with a normal home life.

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“The more I talked with officers, I began to see a lot of similarities between their struggles and those in the military,” Jaeger says. “We’re just becoming aware of how deeply our soldiers are impacted by PTSD, but what about our officers here at home? There are terrifying things they deal with while the rest of us are sleeping, yet no one talks about the impact on them. I felt it was a conversation worth having.”

“Sam and I are drawn to creating complex characters with major obstacles to overcome,” explains producer Jane Kelly Kosek. “In Plain Clothes, Cole has to deal with the stress of dealing with criminals at work and the need to establish a happy home life. We wanted to examine how hard it must be for Cole to straddle these two very different worlds.”

Adds Jaeger:  “How hard is it to deal with the things our officers see? Is it even possible to leave their work behind, or does it infiltrate their relationships with their family? Those were compelling questions to me.”

Jaeger and Kosek hope the film will bring more awareness to the effects of PTSD on police officers and first responders, as well as military veterans.

Plain Clothes is Jaeger’s second project with producer Jane Kelly Kosek of Meritage Pictures. Their first collaboration was on Jaeger’s directorial debut Take Me Home, a feature-length film currently available on iTunes and Netflix. Kosek and Jaeger continue to develop new film, television and web series projects together.

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Plain Clothes from Meritage Pictures on Vimeo.

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