Three years after witnessing the violent suicide of her oldest son CJ, Hallie Twomey was determined to retake ownership of his memory as the charismatic, funny and generous soul she knew — to sustain the memory of how he lived, and not how he died.
In a moment of desperate inspiration, she put a call out to the world on Facebook: would a handful of sympathetic travelers help fulfill her son's ambition to see all the corners of the Earth by scattering some of his ashes in a place of beauty or special meaning to them?
It was a call that would resonate beyond her wildest expectations; the world answered and the loss of one became the inspiring, heart-wrenching mission of thousands.
Hallie’s mission has given rise to a social media phenomenon — one with the ability to save lives offline as well as drawing together a community online that has congregated in solidarity and empathy in dealing with a still heavily stigmatized and misunderstood form of mental illness.
Aggregating hundreds of clips chronicling ash-scattering pilgrimages worldwide, combined with intimate interviews and verité filmmaking, Scattering CJ explores the devastating effects of suicide, the extraordinary generosity of strangers, and one troubled family's attempt to finally find peace.