Directing Change

Submission Deadline:
March 1, 2019

Films for Diverse Communities

 

Suicide Prevention

A Mormon Perspective
Contra Costa County
San Ramon Valley High School
Filmmaker: Tia Stout
Advisor: Kirsten Drake
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Language: English with English captions
A positive film that highlights the support those experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts can find from the Mormon Church, friends, leaders, and loved ones.

“Time to Speak Up”
Fresno County
Clovis East High School
Filmmakers: Caitlin Luster, Meghan White & June Vang
Advisor: Derrick “The Star” Davis
https://vimeo.com/257978363
Language: Hmong with English captions
A young girl shares her experience with depression and how she finds support and is connected to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline by her friends.

 

“Celebrate”
Humboldt County
HCTAYC
Filmmaker: Draven Keller
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A film about the power of reaching out to support LGBTQ youth

“Sundays”
Orange County
Canyon High School
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Language: English with English captions
A LGBTQ story of acceptance and how friends supported a young person during her difficult time.

“Boxed Up”
Orange County
Canyon High School
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Language: English with English captions
A story that encourages LGBTQ youth to connect with the Trevor Project to help others feel safe and
supportive.

“Vital Signs”
Riverside County
California Baptist University
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Language: American Sign Language with English captions
A film from the perspective of the deaf community and the importance of finding support in a hearing world.

“60 seconds of Hope”
Riverside County
California School for the Deaf, Riverside
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Language: American Sign Language (no captions)

“Encuentra Tu Voz”
San Joaquin County
Tracy High School
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Language: Spanish with English captions
The story of a young student who experiencing depression and difficulty living in the United States while not speaking English. A friend reaches out and connects him with help.

“Escuchen”
Orange County
San Juan Hills High School
Filmmakers: Vanessa Miranda & Anna Dieckmeyer
Advisor Name: Brian Devaney

“Reading the Signs”
Sonoma County
El Molino High School
Filmmakers: Jesse Osman
Advisor Name: Seth Friesen
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Language: American Sign Language with English captions
A student discusses his personal experience with depression and thoughts of suicide and how to know the signs and reach out to a friend.

 “Bag of Sadness”
Sacramento County
Franklin High School
Filmmaker: Michelle Quan
Advisor Name: Brad Clark
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Language: Mandarin with English captions
A young person shares her experience with depression and how a friend showed her support and understanding, helping her to unburden herself from her “bag of sadness”.

 “The Words that Pull Me Down”
San Diego County
Torrey Pines High School
Filmmakers: Grace Bachour, Jordan Hayes, Eliee Shahidi, Halima Ander
Advisor Name: Don Collins
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Language: Arabic with English captions
A student expresses her feelings of isolation and how she learned to accept her differences and realize she is not alone.

 “Lub Neej Muaj Nqe (Worthy Life)”
Fresno County
Kings View Youth Empowerment
Filmmakers: Peter Xiong, Pao Vue, Curtis Vang, Vincent Her
Advisor Name: Andy Vang
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Language: Hmong Daw with English captions
A student shares the difficulty of being Hmong and integrating his cultural beliefs into American society, depression, and how his brother supports him.

 “隠された思い (My Hidden Feelings)
Orange County
Canyon High School
Student Names: Nicole McCready and Kana Okafuji
Advisor Name: Alex Graham
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Language: Japanese with English subtitles
A film that tells the story of a girl who experiences anxiety and hopelessness and finds support from a friend who reaches out to her.

Depression Has No Culture
Fresno County
Clovis East High School
Student Names: Maegan Ankenman, Adryauna Speer, Caitlin Luster, Malia Willison
Advisor Name: Derrick Davis
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Language: English and various languages with English subtitles
People from a variety of cultures discuss the importance of coming together to support one another to prevent suicide because depression has no culture.

Suicide on Indian Country”
Humboldt County
Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaboration
Student Names: Tristin Severns
Advisor Name: Leah Lamattina
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Language: English with English captioning
Native youth discuss how their culture, language, family, and ceremony can heal and restore their people to help prevent suicide on Indian country.

“My Friend Tyler”
Placer County
Whitney High School
Student Names: Matt Dazey and Noah Lopez-Koen
Advisor Name: Benjamin Barnholdt
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Language: Spanish with English subtitles
A film that tells the story of a girl who notices signs of suicide in her friend Tyler and reaches out to support him and connect him with help.

“The Recovery”
Riverside County
Valley View High School
Student Names: Munder Arhara, Michael Blucher, Adonis Alvarez, Ryan Cerros
Advisor Name: Chris Lorenz
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Language: Arabic with English subtitles
A film about a high school student who experiences tough times and receives support and help from his family and friends.

 “Goodbye Letter
Los Angeles County
Northview High School
Student Names: Zulelalee Escobar, Nickolas Tienda, Justin Ramirez and Brittney Barcena
Advisor Name: Diane Atherton
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Language: American Sign Language with English captioning
A film about a deaf student having suicidal thoughts and a friend who reaches out and reminds him that help is available through friends, teachers and family.

“La Superacion de Problemas”
Los Angeles County
Northview High School
Student Name: Ricardo Lopez
Advisor: Diane Atherton
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
A film about a boy with suicidal thoughts and his hopeful journey to find help.
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“Alone”
Los Angeles County
Northview High School
Student Name: Amrie Soria, Jacqueline Perez and Gerardo Rosales
Advisor: Diane Atherton
Language: American Sign Language with English captioning
A story of a deaf high school student who experiences loneliness and thoughts of suicide and who is supported by a friend who reaches out and connects her to help.
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“Inside My Mind”
Riverside County
Valley View High School
Student Names: Adrianna Silva and Mya Quijada
Advisor: Chris Lorenz
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
A story of a girl who overcomes thoughts of suicide and shares a positive and hopeful message that others can too.
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Mental Health Matters

 “End the Silence” 
Riverside County
Murrieta Valley High School
Filmmakers: Ally Muzic & Connor Downing
Advisor: Ella Harrison
Language: American Sign Language with English captions
An educational film in which deaf and hard of hearing youth share examples of how to reach out to a friend who may be experiencing a mental health challenge to show support and help to end the silence of mental health stigma.
https://vimeo.com/258008133

“Proud to Be Me” 
Orange County
Canyon High School
Filmmakers: Hallie Conrad
Advisor: Alex Graham
Language: English with English captions
An inspiring film from the LGBTQ perspective of a high school student who shares his story of overcoming depression and being proud of who he is.
https://vimeo.com/258208917

“Good Medicine” 
Fresno County
FAIHP
Filmmakers: Paul A., Luis B., Ben C.
Advisor: Eva Minaskeian
Language: English with English captions
A film from the perspective of Native American culture which highlights the healing ways in which Native cultural practices can help those experiencing addiction and mental health challenges.
https://vimeo.com/258036872

“Taking Flight” 
Sacramento County
Franklin High School
Filmmaker: Michelle Quan
Advisor: Dawn Williams
Language: Cantonese with English captions
A film from the perspective of a Chinese girl struggling with mental health. Initially she is afraid to speak out fearing the reaction of her family and friends, but after a friend reaches out to her she begins speaking about her mental illness and finds the strength to get help.
https://vimeo.com/257741622

What Will the People Think?
Orange County
Canyon High School
Filmmaker: Mana Javadi
Advisor: Alex Graham
Language: Farsi with English captions
This film shines a light onto the cultural stigmas placed on mental illnesses, specifically depression, in Iranian culture, through the story of a young man who experiences depression and reaches out to his parents for help.
https://vimeo.com/257978139

Talk About More
Orange County
Canyon High School
Filmmaker: Tiffany Le
Advisor: Alex Graham
Language: English with English captions
This film encourages Asian Americans to speak up about their mental health and acknowledges why this can be difficult due to many Asian cultures practice of showing feelings through actions and not words.
https://vimeo.com/258020822 

Where Do I Belong
San Diego County
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc
Filmmaker: Breahna Gillespie
Advisor: Dr. Donna L. Cook
Language: English with English captions
An inspiring film from the perspective of Ghanaian culture as told by a college student who experiences mental health challenges and finds strength and support from her family and deep rooted Ghanaian beliefs of unity.
https://vimeo.com/258028499

 “Caged Bird”
Sacramento County
Franklin High School
Filmmakers: Holly Cheng
Advisor Name: Brad Clark
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Language: Mandarin with English captions
A hopeful animated film about how becoming more educated about mental health can allow us to help and care for those living with mental health challenges.

 “Not Alone”
Los Angeles County
Northview High School
Filmmakers: Theo Casey, Fernando Cortes, Elias Anaya & Miguel Valadez
Advisor Name: Diane Atherton
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Language: English with English captions
A film about gender identity/orientation and a young person experiencing depression who finds help after speaking with a friend.

 “Depression is Serious” 
Riverside County
NOVA Academy Early College High School
Filmmakers: Jasmine Caballero, Mariela Mulato, Guadalupe Centeno, Judith Isidoro & Sonia Roman
Advisor Name: Brandon Equils
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Language: English with English captions
A young person diagnosed with depression describes her experience from a Hispanic cultural perspective.

 “Generational Trauma on Indian Country”
Humboldt County
Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaboration
Filmmakers: Tristin Severns & Sean Taggart
Advisor: Leah Lamattina
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Language: English with English captions
Youth share a hopeful message about how Native American communities can come together to use “culture” as the medicine to improve mental health

 “The Language of Understanding”
Los Angeles County
University of California, Los Angeles
Filmmakers: Peter Guan & Kevin Ruan
Advisor: Saeromi Kim
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Language: English with English captions
A hopeful film that describes transgenerational trauma in the Native American community and using culture as medicine.

 “A Friend in Need”
Placer County
Whitney High School
Filmmakers: Chenhao Liu & Jackson Cable
Advisor: Benjamin Barnholdt
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Language: Chinese with English captions
A story of how friends can show support to those who are experiencing a mental health challenge and a
reminder that help is out there no matter the circumstance.

“The Language of Healing”
San Francisco County
San Francisco State University
Student Names: Alejandra Vaca and Amanda Deda
Advisor Name: Vincent Lam
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Language: English and various languages with English subtitles
First generation college students express some of the barriers they faced when accessing mental health services and encourage young people to seek support through the healing power of community.

Through Our Eyes
San Bernardino County
Ruben S. Ayala High School
Student Names: Ashley Chuang, Nelly Hejazi, Melanie Pak, and Nikhil Vettikattu
Advisor Name: Kevin Russell
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Language: English and various languages with English subtitles
High School students discuss in a variety of languages how mental illness transcends cultural boundaries and share the importance of starting a conversation about this topic.

Hear Me”
Sacramento County
Elk Grove High School
Student Names: Curtis Wong, Morgana Parsons, Cathrina Paclibar and Mauriana Raye
Advisor Name: Jennifer Moore
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Language: American Sign Language with English captioning
A student who was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder shares her experience communicating through sign language with peers and teachers to break the silence of mental illness.

“Talking Taboo”
Butte County
Pleasant Valley High School
Student Names: Summer Soldano and Sami Laine
Advisor Name: Michael Peck
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Language: English with English subtitles
An exchange student from Ecuador discusses her experience joining the Each Mind Matters mental health movement and her passion for sharing the movement with others.

“Binary Blues”
Humboldt County
Humboldt County Transition Age Youth Collaboration
Student Names: Luna, Bloo, and Elijah Z
Advisor Name: Rochelle Trochtenberg
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Language: English with English closed captioning
A film about the beauty of diversity and how transgender and non-conforming youth can look to their community for support.

“Eclipse Industries Suicide PSA”
Alameda County
Alameda High School
Student Names: Stephanie dos Remedios, Laila Zeppard, Zhana Prince, Vy Huynh, Maria Pasqualino, Bruno Santos, Carly Doumitt
Advisor: John Dalton
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Language: English and various languages with English subtitles
High school students discuss in a variety of languages how depression can affect anyone regardless of age, geographic location, demographic, or social position and that there is always help.

“Helping Hand”
Butte County
Pleasant Valley High School
Student Names: Brad Ricketts and Calvin Freer
Advisor: Michael Peck
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Language: English with English closed captioning
High school students discuss how sports team culture involves always having each others’ back and how the same can be applied to supporting people experiencing depression.

“Yurok, Healing Through Tradition”
Del Norte County
Redwood Voice
Student Name: Jacob Patterson
Advisor: Makenzy Williams
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Language: English
A story of how important it is for indigenous tribes to heal from suicide deaths in their community and how Yurok culture can heal through learning from elders, protecting sacred lands, and honoring culture through dance, song, and prayer.

“Just Talk”
Butte County
Pleasant Valley High School
Student Name: Clayton Bucholz
Advisor: Michael Peck
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Language: English with English captioning
A film which highlights the importance of reaching out to friends who may be experiencing a mental health challenge in a world where technology can sometimes create a barrier to communicating.

“Confidently Anxious”
Riverside County
Desert Mirage High School
Student Names: Andred Chavez and Miguel Lopez
Advisor: Mr. Ellingson
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Language: English with English captioning
A film that explores the experience of anxiety and stress through the lens of a boy from a Latino background.

If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-8255This is a free 24-hour hotline.
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