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I Chose Life: Stories of Suicide & Survival

Film as Activism in Understanding Mental Health May is Mental Health Awareness Month. On May 10, filmmaker Jacqui Blue released her second documentary, I Chose Life: Stories of Suicide & Survival.  This followed a virtual premiere screening event on the 7th. Jacqui Blue felt it was important to address suicide by covering multiple aspects of [...]

By |2020-05-20T07:00:07+00:00May 20th, 2020|Film|0 Comments

Lessons for Mental Health in the Film Chasing the Present

James Sebastiano and Mark Waters are Chasing the Present The sound of traffic on a busy street. A contemplative and questioning voiceover from James Sebastiano reflecting on his history of drug use and abuse, his movement to vegetarianism and building successful businesses and his lifelong struggle with anxiety. James is the protagonist of this feature-length [...]

By |2020-05-14T22:34:18+00:00May 14th, 2020|Film|0 Comments

Cracked Up adds to Global Conversations of Mental Health

Darrell Hammond Doing Stand Up Comedy: from the film Cracked Up Cracked Up Now Streaming on Netflix In September 2019, Santa Monica’s second street was lined with classic rocks stars, counterculture icons, environmental warriors, music industry hit-makers, best-selling authors, trauma therapists, yoga teachers, and more. The colorful crowd lined up to get into [...]

By |2020-05-18T21:06:16+00:00May 14th, 2020|Film|0 Comments

The Mindfulness Movement is a Documentary that Offers Solutions

Officer White Meditating 2: Officer Eric White of the Emeryville, California Police Department, meditates as part of a mindfulness program instituted by Chief Jennifer Tejada in order to help officers process trauma and increase positive outcomes with the public.   The Mainstreaming of Mindfulness The coronavirus has affected all of us in ways [...]

By |2020-04-11T16:25:09+00:00April 10th, 2020|Film|0 Comments

In the Documentary Film Cunningham, a Choreographer’s Spiritual Practice is on Screen

“Dancing is a spiritual exercise in a physical form” - Merce Cunningham Merce Cunningham was considered one of the most influential and innovative modern dance choreographers. His work broke through the boundaries of classical dance and art. The documentary film Cunningham, by Alla Kovgan, invites the viewer to be mesmerized by watching a selection of [...]

By |2020-01-20T05:57:42+00:00January 20th, 2020|Film|0 Comments

One Child Nation Film Review

The documentary film One Child Nation tells a personal story, yet also sounds a universal warning. It recounts a very recent (in our lifetime), modern tale of how a dictatorial country can set policy that, even though inhumane, is obeyed by the masses. Those same people also suffer the consequences. What the policy was, when [...]

By |2019-12-05T02:05:32+00:00December 5th, 2019|Film|0 Comments

The Portal, a Documentary on Meditation and the Power of the Human Mind

How our Minds Can Collectively Shift the Course of Humanity The documentary The Portal explores the power of meditation and the positive outcomes that emerge from committing to a mindfulness practice, such as inner stillness and interconnectivity between individuals and all living beings. The film offers up the possibility that mass meditation carries the potential [...]

By |2019-10-31T15:51:01+00:00October 31st, 2019|Film|0 Comments

The Documentary Film Fantastic Fungi Shows All Mushrooms are Magic

  In a time when people are increasingly feeling disconnected and discontent with the present and future of our species. Fantastic Fungi shines a much-needed light on hope. This is a story about reconnecting with one of our oldest allies: The fungi kingdom. The friendship between fungi and humanity is a long-standing bond. Mushrooms hold [...]

By |2020-04-21T17:44:51+00:00October 23rd, 2019|Film|0 Comments