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FREE VIRTUAL FILM Screenings & Talkbacks
FALL 2020:

HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY SALON
a film by Glenn Holsten, 88 minutes

  • FREE FILM: Virtual Screening available Sept. 23 through October 6
  • TALKBACK: Tuesday, October 6, 7 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.

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. Ms. Haynesworth 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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