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FILMS & FILMMAKERS - 2017 Season

UNBROKEN GLASS
TUESDAY, May 9 AT 7PM
Cinema Theatre
957 Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY

DOCUMENTARY, 57 minutes.
Directed by Dinesh Sabu, Kartemquin Films, 2016.

Twenty years after the death of his parents, 26-year-old filmmaker Dinesh Sabu begins a journey to finally piece together their story and reconcile his past. Traveling to Illinois, California, New Mexico and India, he learns for the first time about his mother’s schizophrenia and suicide, and how his family, including the siblings who raised him, dealt with this secret in an age and culture where mental illness was often misunderstood, scorned and taboo.

Q&A to follow with:

  • Filmmaker in person! DINESH DAS SABU

“An intimate, emotionally intricate narrative…a fascinating look into how we are caught between influences of our past and present, especially within the life-changing bond of family.”
- Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com

“Starkly and yet tenderly shot, this is a candid and careful examination of this family’s apparently stoic sufferings and ultimate triumph over a tragic childhood. A moving and important film, highly recommended.”
- Debra Davy, lasplash.com

“A beautiful family mosaic of courage, strength, resilience, and hope. You will be changed by experiencing it.”
- Diane Zell, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Champaign

“A must see. An eye-opener to all of us in our community.”
- Promilla Kumar, Radio Pani Poori

Awards:

  • Special Mention, Documentary Feature, Austin Asian American Film Festival

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SWIM TEAM
TUESDAY, MAY 23 AT 7PM
Cinema Theatre
957 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY

DOCUMENTARY, 90 minutes. Directed by Lara Stolman, Woodland Park Productions, 2016.

This exciting film chronicles the rise of a competitive swim team made up of children and teens on the autism spectrum, focusing particularly on three of the team's star athletes - boys on the cusp of adulthood, facing a potential future of exclusion and dependence. As the pressure mounts and the team vies for state and national Special Olympics championships, SWIM TEAM captures a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life filled with hope.

Q&A to follow with:

  • Filmmaker in person! Lara Stolman
  • Dr. Lori Jeanne Peloquin
  • Jen Hackett, Executive Director, Water Safety & Adaptive Swim Instructor, Camp Puzzle Peace

"Eye-opening, thoughtful, inspiring..."
- Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

“An exceptional documentary on what it means to come together for a common goal under extraordinary circumstances…”
- Anne-Katrin Titze, Eye For Film

"A rare window into the essence of … the exhilarating healing powers of love and devotion.”
- Glenn Fennelly, MD, MPH, Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

“Plunges viewers into the world of young men on the autism spectrum as they compete against other teams and race against the clock in their transition towards adulthood. A touching and real look at what young adults on the autism spectrum and their families are capable of and the challenges they face.”
- Suzanne Buchanan, Psy. D. BCBA-D, Executive Director, Autism NJ

Awards:

  • Best Sports Documentary, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • Audience Award, Monmouth Film Festival

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ALMOST SUNRISE
Tuesday, June 6 AT 7 PM
Cinema Theatre
957 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY

DOCUMENTARY, 98 minutes. Directed by Michael Collins, 2016.

The moving story of two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, both tormented by depression for years after they returned home and felt pushed to the edge of suicide. Embarking on an extraordinary journey – a 2,700 mile walk across the country from Wisconsin to California – the two men not only raise awareness of the plight of veterans, but reflect on their own haunting experiences and ultimately, fight to save themselves.

Q&A to follow with

  • Matthew McGee, US Coast Guard, Retired; Veterans OutreachCenter (VOC)
  • Dave Oliver, E9 US Army National Guard; Buddy to Buddy, VOC
  • Nicholas Stefovic, USMC vet
  • Facilitated by Greg Soehner, East House

“This moving documentary has a compelling urgency.”
- Hollywood Reporter

“This film will save lives!”
- Brian Kinsella, Founder, Stop Soldier Suicide

Awards:

  • Moving Mountains Award, Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, 2016

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BRUSHES WITH LIFE: ART, ARTISTS & MENTAL ILLNESS + Special Selection of Shorts
TUESDAY, JUNE 20 AT 7 PM
6 PM: ART EXHIBIT
7 PM: FILM SCREENING
Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY

Special juried art exhibit curated by the Mental Health Association’s Creative Wellness Opportunities; Executive Director: Veronica Weider; Art Consultant: Leslie Werlin.

BRUSHES WITH LIFE: ART, ARTISTS & MENTAL ILLNESS
DOCUMENTARY, 24 minutes. Directed by Philip Brubaker, Bigger Boat Productions.

Mental illness and creativity have been linked for many years. In Brushes with Life, eight artists who struggle with Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder and other brain disorders talk candidly about how their art helps them heal. All the artists are brought together by the Brushes With Life art gallery, which shows only work by artists with mental illness.

Screened with:
OC87 RECOVERY DIARIES - Selected Shorts
DOCUMENTARY, various lengths. Produced and directed by Bud Clayman & Glenn Holsten. OC87 Recovery Diaries presents four short films that tell dramatic and powerful stories of mental health recovery. A young woman with bipolar and Aspergers Syndrome finds an intimate connection with horses, a man bravely interviews his own depression, and two women touched by mental illness miraculously take flight in these life-affirming films.

PORTRAITS OF LIFE
Follow visiting artist Charmaine Wheatley as she connects with people through capturing their image and thoughts onto painted portraits that celebrate the complexity of their lives and puts a face to those living with mental illness. Directed by Don Casper.

Q&A to follow with

  • Special Guest! MIKE VENY, Motivational Speaker; OC87 Recovery Diaries
  • GABE NATHAN, Editor-in-Chief, OC87 Recovery Diaries
  • Elyse Capell, MS, LCAT, Licensed Art Therapist
  • Charmaine Wheatley, visiting artist
  • Evelyn Cammanaro, local artist
  • Facilitator Chris Syracuse, DePaul

 

 


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Rochester, NY 14607
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