'Do It For Daniel' is a documentary about Daniel Olson, a star athlete from Ishpeming, MI, who silently suffered from depression and anxiety for years. Unfortunately, the severity of Daniel's condition became too much for him to bear, and he completed suicide. This documentary aims to remove the stigmas surrounding depression and anxiety so people who suffer can feel more comfortable seeking help.
Daniel's father, Jeff Olson, has been the head coach of Ishpeming High School's football team for years. After Daniel's death in 2012, the team adopted the slogan "Do It For Daniel" and made a run to the State Championship game at Ford Field in Detroit. In a classic David vs. Goliath match up, Ishpeming (a small town from the upper peninsula of Michigan) faced the Bulldogs of Detroit Loyola.
Collective Detroit was proud to Co-Produce the Documentary with Directors Mike & Kammi Berens. We also edited the documentary, provided Music Supervision, Directed portions of B-Roll production, and filmed a variety of B-Roll segments.
Here's the trailer we put together for the film.