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TWO TUESDAY FILMS IN TWO WEEKS!

ORCHESTRATING CHANGE
a film by Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin, 86 minutes

  • FREE FILM: Virtual Watch Party! Tuesday, June 22, 7 pm
  • TALKBACK: Immediately following screening, Tuesday, June 22, (approximately 8:30 pm), ZOOM
  • TRAILER
  • To pre-register, please CLICK HERE
  • Questions? Please email cowingcreek@gmail.com

This celebrated documentary film tells the inspiring story of Me2/Orchestra, the only classical music organization in the world created by and for people with mental illness and those who support them. Started by Ronald Braunstein, once one of the world's leading maestros, the orchestras' mission is to erase the stigmatization of people living with mental illness through the creation of beautiful music, community, compassion and understanding....one concert at a time. Most important, it is changing the lives of the musicians and audiences in powerful and surprising ways. There are currently two Me2/Orchestras: one in Boston and the other in Burlington, Vermont. The film follows several of the musicians and the conductor for two years as they share their daily lives living with mental illness -- the setbacks and the joys. Audiences will be rooting for these amazing musicians as they work to present a concert combining both orchestras for the first time.

Talkback with Special Guests:

  • ME/2 CONDUCTOR Ronald Braunstein graduated from Juilliard and at the age of 24 became the first American to win the prestigious Herbert von Karajan Conducting Prize. Instantly he was circling the globe to conduct such major orchestras as the Berlin Philharmonic and the Tokyo Symphony. But his professional triumphs were often interrupted by intense mood swings, and at age 30 he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. As knowledge of his diagnosis became public, his manager dropped him and he was shunned by the classical music community. His once meteoric career plummeted and he spent several decades teaching when he was well and considering suicide when he was not. On the brink of destitution, he moved to Burlington, Vt. where he met and married Caroline Whiddon, a career orchestra executive director. In 2011, they founded the Me2/Orchestra, Inc., a remarkable and now celebrated orchestra where he and others like him could create music in a supportive and caring atmosphere.
  • Local Connection! ME/2 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Caroline Whiddon has more than two decades of experience in orchestra leadership. During her tenure as Executive Director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, the organization nearly tripled its student enrollment, completed a successful $2.1 million capital campaign, made its Carnegie Hall debut, and toured internationally. She is a past Chair of the Youth Orchestra Division of the League of American Orchestras, and received her Bachelor’s degree in French horn performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. She was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder nearly thirty years ago.
  • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR Margie Friedman is an Emmy-winning producer, director and writer who began her career in news and has gone on to produce numerous primetime television and cable series and specials. Her documentary Conducting Hope aired nationally on PBS and tells the inspiring story of the only men’s prison choir in the United States to perform outside prison walls. She has developed shows for the National Geographic Channel, History Channel, WE, Travel Channel, TLC and E!, and is the Co-Producer of the Mickey Mouse Club (Disney), Supervising Producer of Popstars (WB) and Senior Talent Producer for Star Search (CBS). She won an Emmy for her work on the television series, Your Turn To Care.
  • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/DIRECTOR Barbara Multer-Wellin is an Emmy-winning producer and director whose work has shown on HBO, Showtime, Lifetime, TLC, KCET, The Discovery Channel, UPN, Lifetime, Fit-TV, TBS and HGTV. She won an Emmy for her work on the television series, Your Turn To Care; and has produced and written two films for the acclaimed PBS documentary series, Independent Lens, including Take the Heat: The First Women Firefighters of New York City, a documentary narrated by Susan Sarandon. She is a former Chair of the Documentary/Reality Committee of the Producer’s Guild of America.
  • MUSICIAN Marek Lorenc plays clarinet with Me2/Burlington. His other love is hip hop and he recently completed an album under the name Mavstar on indie label, Equal Eyes Records.
  • MODERATOR: Hochang Benjamin (Ben) Lee, M.D. is the John Romano Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Previously he was the founding Director and Chief of Yale's Psychological Medicine Service as well as worked at Johns Hopkins. His primary research interests are: 1. Developing innovative models for delivery behavioral health service for medical and surgical patients. 2. Prevention of neuropsychiatric morbidity (e.g. delirium, depression, and dementia) after major surgery among the elders. Dr. Lee is also an expert in psychiatric aspects of restless legs syndrome, and Asian American mental health issues.

Reviews:

When I first heard about Me2/Orchestra I was so incredibly impressed with the metaphor of people making music together and that’s such a great story for our country and what we face in breaking down the stigma of mental illness and addiction. Me2/Orchestra really illustrates the concept that it’s possible to be out there and no one knows that you’re facing a particular challenge. They only know that you have something to contribute. And I think that’s a powerful message. Certainly one that we need. Patrick Kennedy, The Kennedy Forum On Mental Health

...As my father, Leonard Bernstein, said: 'Music expresses the inexpressible.' This film is a beautifully told, heartwarming story that gives us all hope, at the deepest human level, for our future as a loving, connected species. Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein’s Daughter

...Mental illness can certainly make many aspects of life difficult. But it is possible for people with mental illness to persevere and produce a work of art. This is a lesson that everyone needs to understand. Dr. David Jones, Director, Arts & Humanities Initiative, Harvard Medical School

The documentary was moving and tough and sweet and inspiring. Blew me away... I swear my heart’s a little bigger. Beth, Audience Member

This event is presented in collaboration with the Eastman Performing Arts Medicine Program

 

THE BRANDON MARSHALL STORY
a film by Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin, 86 minutes

  • FREE FILM: IN PERSON on Tuesday, June 29, 7pm
  • LOCATION: Spiritus Christi Church, 121 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester, NY
  • TALKBACK: Immediately following screening
  • PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Email cowingcreek@gmail.com
  • PLEASE NOTE: proof of vaccination required either in advance or at door.

This 45-minute documentary tells the story of former NFL football wide receiver and current sports television personality BRANDON MARSHALL, who announced at a press conference in 2011 that he had been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), and hoped to spread awareness and understanding about the illness.

Talkback following film with:

  • ANN GRIEPP, M.D. Dr. Griepp is a psychiatrist and private practitioner with expertise in Borderline Personality Disorder. She also is a Clinical Assistant Professor (Voluntary) at the University of Rochester Medical Center's Department of Psychiatry.
  • FELICIA REED-WATT, LCSW
    F elicia is a clinical social worker specializing in individual, couples and group therapy, and maintains a private practice in Rochester NY.

    With over 13 years’ experience as a clinical therapist, and as a graduate of the State of New York University of Buffalo specializing in trauma informed care, she is currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise is working with survivors of trauma, individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorders, and depression. She also enjoys facilitating process and DBT groups, and providing supervision and training for social work graduate students.

    In addition to being a prominent therapist, Felicia has presented at National conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topic of case management in higher education.

  • MODERATOR: AMY DURKEE, SPIRITUS CHRISTI CHURCH MENTAL HEALTH CENTER DIRECTOR
    The SCCMHC offers free therapeutic psychosocial support for uninsured and underinsured youth and adults in individual, couples, family and group on-site clinical settings.

2020 VIRTUAL OFFERINGS:

HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY SALON
a film by Glenn Holsten, 88 minutes

  • FREE FILM: Virtual Screening available October 4 through October 14
  • TALKBACK: Wednesday, October 14, 7:30 pm, ZOOM
  • For film link and to pre-register for talkback, please email cowingcreek@gmail.com

hollywood beauty salon

Hollywood Beauty Salon portrays life at an intimate beauty parlor inside of the Germantown Recovery Community, a non-profit mental health facility in Northwest Philadelphia, where staff and clients alike are in the process of recovery. By gathering together to get their hair done, share stories, and support one another, they find a way to rebuild their lives. The documentary - which was work-shopped at the Salon over the course of four years - is also part of the recovery process, and the subjects of the film played an active part in shaping their own narratives and determining their unique individual styles. .

Talkback with Special Guests:

  • Rachel "Hollywood" Timms. Rachel conceived of and operated the Hollywood Beauty Salon, using her life experience to connect with — and advocate for — her clients. Rachel lived in a series of group homes as a child, which placed her in unpredictable and unhealthy living situations. She is a survivor of violence and abuse. Rachel has been on her own since high school. She has fought to overcome depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety. Her commitment to recovery began when her daughter, Cadence, was born. As inspiring and motivational as Rachel is, her recovery — like all recovery — is a process, and it’s not easy. She faces the same struggles of any working parent — childcare, financial stress, and relationship worries — in addition to maintaining her mental health. Every day is a delicate balance. Today, Rachel is embarking on a new phase of her career: as a speaker to support groups outside of the city to share her story of struggle and trauma recovery in hopes of inspiring others.

  • Glenn Holsten. Glenn is an award-winning director of documentary films, traveling to China, Portugal, Kenya, Rwanda, Northern Ireland, Poland, Bosnia and the Republic of Georgia for his work. He is a recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. He has been awarded silver and gold awards from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for innovative television production, as well as with sixteen Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards. A collection of his work was exhibited in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 20th Century Video Gallery.

  • Nikki Haynesworth, LMHC. Nikki works with BIPOC clients to unpack the impacts of racism, oppression and marginality. She also works with white professionals to learn about becoming culturally sensitive and how to be engaged in allyship. She states on her website: "This is a new and evolving practice. With the help of mentors, I am merging my professional skills with the informal social justice work that I am dedicated with the hope of offering a therapeutic space for dialogue and discourse and growth around these dire issues that plague us all."

  • MODERATOR: Amy Durkee. Amy is the Associate Administrator of the Spiritus Christi Mental Health Center. The Center serves over 200 uninsured and underinsured people each year, in the belief that everyone should have access to mental health care and support regardless of their insurance status or income. Their volunteer staff of therapists, psychiatrists, social workers and advocates "help people get the care they need to live safe, healthy, less stressful lives." Services include: psychotherapy, family therapy, group therapy, psychiatric collaboration and referral, case management/advocacy, peer support meetings and yoga.

VIEW THE HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY SALON MOVIE TRAILER

 

THE S WORD
a film by Lisa Klein, 60 minutes

  • FREE FILM: Virtual Screening now available through September 22
  • TALKBACK: Tuesday, September 22, 7 pm, ZOOM
  • For film link and to pre-register for talkback, please email cowingcreek@gmail.com

A suicide attempt survivor is on a mission to find fellow survivors and document their stories of unguarded courage, insight, pain and humor. Along the way, she discovers a national community rising to transform personal struggles into action.

Skillfully weaving stories of survivors from a cross section of America including LGBTQ, African American and Asian American communities, the film candidly shares their profoundly moving stories of trauma, mental health challenges, survival and advocacy, and shows how their journeys are driving the national movement to take the “S” word from unthinkable to preventable.

Talkback with Special Guests:

  • Kelechi Ubozoh. Ms. Ubozoh is a Nigerian-American writer and mental health advocate and consultant featured in The S Word documentary, CBS This Morning with Gayle King, and O, The Oprah Magazine. Her first book, We’ve Been Too Patient: Voices from Radical Mental Health, was released from North Atlantic Books & Penguin Random House last summer. We’ve Been Too Patient is featured in curriculum at NYU and Boston University. Currently, Ms. Ubozoh is a consultant supporting agencies through facilitation and training, coaching and planning, research, and community engagement.

  • Nikki Haynesworth, LMHC. Nikki works with BIPOC clients to unpack the impacts of racism, oppression and marginality. She also works with white professionals to learn about becoming culturally sensitive and how to be engaged in allyship. She states on her website: "This is a new and evolving practice. With the help of mentors, I am merging my professional skills with the informal social justice work that I am dedicated with the hope of offering a therapeutic space for dialogue and discourse and growth around these dire issues that plague us all."

  • Kristina Mossgraber. Kristina is the Director of Education and Community Outreach for NAMI Rochester, expanding programs in the community and helping those affected by mental illness live their best lives. She also serves on the Dept. of Psychiatry Advisory Council of Consumers & Families at the University of Rochester Medical Center, works as lived experience faculty with SafeSide Prevention, and volunteers with numerous community organizations. Her inspiring journey from suicide survivor to mental health advocate was chronicled in a feature story in TIME Magazine in 2019.

S WORD Awards:

  • SAMHSA Voice Award, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Reviews:

THE S WORD has the potential to do more for suicide prevention in one year than I have in my career… We can all learn from this film. Dr. Wiliam Schmitz Jr., PsyD, American Association of Suicidology

I kept finding that I was crying and laughing at the same time. No one expects to be inspired by a documentary on suicide but viewers will leave informed, inspired and uplifted. April Foreman, Psychologist

Raises suicide-prevention awareness and opens avenues of discussion in an ultimately life-affirming fashion. Booklist

VIEW THE S WORD MOVIE TRAILER

 

A Beautiful Day Tomorrow: Taking Suicide Awareness on the Road"
a film by Gabe Nathan, 60 minutes

  • FREE FILM: Virtual Screening continues to be available
  • TALKBACK: Wednesday, September 9 at 7 pm, ZOOM
  • For film link and to pre-register for talkback, please email cowingcreek@gmail.com

This funny, passionate and informative film follows mental health advocate and first-time filmmaker Gabe Nathan as he travels up and down the East Coast in his 1963 VW Beetle Herbie the Love Bug replica, talking to family, friends, and strangers about suicide awareness and prevention.

Talkback with Special guests:

  • Gabe Nathan, Filmmaker. Gabe is an author, editor, actor and a mental health and suicide awareness advocate. He is Editor in Chief of OC87 Recovery Diaries, an online publication that features stories of mental health, empowerment and change. Among his many accomplishments is a TedX Talk on his approach to suicide awareness, which can be found on Youtube. "A Beautiful Day Tomorrow" is his first film.

  • Kristina Mossgraber. Kristina is the Director of Education and Community Outreach for NAMI Rochester, expanding programs in the community and helping those affected by mental illness live their best lives. She also serves on the Dept. of Psychiatry Advisory Council of Consumers & Families at the University of Rochester Medical Center, works as lived experience faculty with SafeSide Prevention, and volunteers with numerous community organizations. Her inspiring journey from suicide survivor to mental health advocate was chronicled in a feature story in TIME Magazine in 2019.

  • Yeates Conwell, University of Rochester Medical Center Suicidologist. Dr. Conwell is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In addition to clinical practice, he is co-director of the UR Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide with particular interest in the understanding of psychological and social factors that place older adults at risk for suicide and approaches to its prevention.

 

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320 N. Goodman Street, Suite 102
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