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Please plan to join us for our Spring 2020 Season:
Films to be announced in APRIL

2019 Season:

Western NY Premiere!
TUESDAY, May 14 at 7PM
Cinema Theatre
957 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY

Documentary, 2018, 100 minutes, 2018
Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel

From the Academy Award® winning team behind THE WHITE HELMETS and VIRUNGA comes this new film documenting a family's journey to overcome the unthinkable.

Director Orlando von Einsiedel turns the cameras on himself, as he and his parents and siblings embark on an ambitious hike in remembrance of their brother and son, Evelyn, who took his own life over a decade ago. As they work their way across the United Kingdom, they confront a past they’ve been unable to talk about, whilst simultaneously repairing the fractures in their own relationships.

Part quest film, part road-trip, part memoir, EVELYN seeks to address the past, in order to find some peace in the present, and look to the future.

Q&A to follow with:

  • IN PERSON! Special guest: Film participant Gwennie von Einsiedel
  • Pieter Leroux, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC)
  • Facilitator: Chris Syracuse, President, DePaul


  • Best Documentary, 2018 British Independent Film Awards
  • Nominee, Grierson Award for Documentary Film, 2018 London Film Festival


Urgent and beautiful...a raw and profoundly moving portrait of living with suicide. IndieWire

Intrepid and elegant. The Guardian




TUESDAY, May 21 at 7PM
Cinema Theatre
957 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY

Documentary, 2017, 60 minutes
Directed by Lisa Klein

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.

Post film discussion includes special focus on mental illness in communities of color.

Q&A to follow with:

  • IN PERSON! Special guest: Film Participant Kelechi Ubozoh
  • Caroline Silva, PhD, Senior Instructor and Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • Elli Assiobo-Tipoh, Supervisor, Veterans Crisis Hotline
  • Facilitator: Melanie Funchess, Director of Community Engagement, Mental Health Association


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


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



Cinema Theatre
957 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY

Documentary, 2016, 62 minutes
Directors: Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato
Written by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
Starring: Jonny Donahoe

A film of a live stage performance at the Barrow Street Theatre in NYC. A young boy of 7 creates a list of things worth living for - all in an attempt to raise the spirits of his chronically depressed mother - in this adaptation of the acclaimed, interactive one-character show. As he grows, the list evolves from things like "ice cream" and "people falling over" to more complex observations and feelings. By the end, everyone in the theatre is in agreement that "things get better. They don't always get brilliant, but they get better."

Q&A to follow with

  • William Watson, Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) and Neurology, URMC
  • Kristina Mossgraber, Ending the Silence Educator; In Our Own Voice Presenter; Interim Program Director, NAMI-Rochester
  • Facilitator: Kim Brumber, President, East House


  • Nominee, Drama Desk Award


Mr. Donahoe’s heartfelt performance earns him the credibility to speak on a difficult subject. And, surprisingly, the show is full of humor, not to mention delightful audience participation. The New York Times

The old critical cliche -- "You'll laugh, you'll cry" -- very much applies. But mostly you'll laugh. Los Angeles Times

Life affirming piece of theatre. The Guardian

Simultaneously funny and poignant. The Hollywood Reporter

96% Audience;100% Critic scores. Rotten Tomatoes


Community Partner:

Hart Theater, Jewish Community Center
1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY

6 PM: “Illumination” Art Exhibit

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

7 PM: Film Screenings

  • Design-Ability
  • OC87 Recovery Diaries: Sneak Peek Short

Documentary, Spain, 2018, 33 minutes
In Spanish and Catalan with English subtitles
Directed by John English & Tom Garner

In a visual world, original design is more valuable than ever – and harder to find. In Barcelona, the design studio La Casa de Carlota produces beautiful campaigns for clients like Nestlé, San Miguel, Danone and Barcelona’s City Council.

Harnessing the unique skills of a creative team which includes members with Down syndrome and autism, the studio competes with the best in the business. Through the experiences of Odile, Joan, Quim, Carlo and Sophie and their unique approach to their lives, work and creativity, the film both explores and celebrates the value of difference

Q&A to follow with:

  • Karen James, Rehabilitation Counselor II, Rochester Psychiatric Center
  • Laura Mancuso, Art Coordinator, Creative Wellness Opportunities (part of the Mental Health Association)
  • Facilitator: GABE NATHAN, Editor-in-Chief, OC87 Recovery Diaries


Screened with: OC87 RECOVERY DIARIES

Sneak Peek Documentary, 5 minutes

Our friends from the OC87 Recovery Diaries join us once again from Philadelphia to present a sneak peek at their latest project, a road trip across the Northeast (in a 55-year-old Volkswagen!) focusing on spreading a message of hope and suicide awareness.


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320 N. Goodman Street, Suite 102
Rochester, NY 14607
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