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HEAR Film Festival: Promoting Wellness Through Film

Nuçi’s Space has partnered up with Ciné and Family Counseling Service of Athens, Inc. (FCS) to present a month-long program of specially-curated movies dealing with mental health.

HEAR Film Series Event Flyer

HEAR (Holistic Health, Empathy, Accessibility and Recovery) aims to promote wellness through film and deepen the conversation on mental health. The free events will take place at Ciné every Saturday in May, and FCS will facilitate audience Q&A discussions after each movie with licensed mental health professionals who specialize in addressing the subject matter depicted in the films. In addition, related TED talks will play in the Ciné LAB room throughout the afternoon along with acoustic performances by local artists.

Other resources present and available during the event will include Acceptance Recovery Center, Athens Recovery First, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI and NAMI on Campus UGA).

The feature-length films scheduled for the HEAR series are:

  • May 4th-“A New High”: A group of men and women in Seattle work together to overcome homelessness and drug addiction at the Union Gospel Mission, an unorthodox rehabilitation center that utilizes mountain climbing as part of its recovery program. Under the leadership of an ex-Army Ranger, they will spend a year in training before attempting to summit Mount Rainier. Post-film Q&A with Rebecca Coates-Keane, LCSW. (2015, Drama, 1 hr. 31; NR) Trailer:
  • May 11th-“Far From the Tree”: Inspired by Andrew Solomon’s New York Times bestselling book, this documentary explores the difficulties and rewards of raising children whose experience is vastly different from his or her parents. The film depicts families coping with the challenges of autism, Down syndrome, dwarfism, and having a child in prison. Post-film Q&A with Michelle Castleberry, LCSW. (2017, Documentary, 1 hr. 33; NR) Trailer:
  • May 18th-“Holden On”: Georgia filmmaker Tamlin Hall wrote and directed this award-winning narrative drama about his real-life friend Holden Layfield, a small-town high school football player whose fight to keep his mental illness a secret came to a tragic end. Hall was honored by the Georgia State General Assembly last year for his ongoing non-profit initiatives. He will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A. (2017, 1 hr. 42; R) Trailer:
  • May 25th-“Life Animated”: At age 3, Owen Suskind’s language and social skills stopped developing, and he was diagnosed with regressive autism. This Oscar-nominated documentary shows how Suskind’s parents used classic Disney movies to help him reconnect with the world and prepare for the social complexities of life that cartoons don’t teach. Post-film Q&A with Cynthia White, LPC. (2017, 1 hr. 28; PG) Trailer:

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Venue: Ciné is located in downtown Athens, at 234 West Hancock Avenue, between Pulaski and Hull Streets.

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