Mental Health Film Festival 2019

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 6:30pm

The Basilica Mental Health Film Festival 2019

The Basilica of Saint Mary will screen four films in February that explore a variety of mental health issues through storytelling and acute accuracy. The Film Festival is presented by The Basilica’s Mental Health Ministry that works to provide education, advocacy, and awareness for mental health issues in our community. 

The films selected this year depict a variety of mental health concerns including, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Partum Depression, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (Concussions). The Aviator and Concussion are biopics that examine the lives of the individuals featured. The documentary, When the Bough Breaks, reveals the lives of several women with Post-Partum Depression. Away from Her is a film based on a 44-year marriage affected by Alzheimer’s Disease.

Janet Grove, the Mental Health Ministry coordinator at The Basilica said, “We are proud to continue the film festival this year with films that accurately explore mental health issues that many people struggle with in their lives.” Mental health professionals will lead a discussion following each film. 


Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, & 26

Doors open at 6:00pm, films begin at 6:30pm.

Saints Ambrose/Teresa Room, ground level
Snacks and conversation with each film. For more information, contact Janet.
Films followed by discussion led by local mental health professionals


Why a film festival?  Writer Christina Warren stated in a 2010 article:
"With the glitz and glamor of Hollywood and blockbuster movies, it's easy to overlook the very real and acutely transformative effect that film and motion pictures have had on the world. Beyond just transporting viewers into new worlds and fantasies, film has the power — perhaps beyond that of any other medium — to shed light on an issue, telling a story and chronicling history.”


Tuesday, February 5: 
The Aviator, a biopic on the life of Howard Hughes, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese.  

Tuesday, February 12: 
Away from Her, a film about the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease and a 44 year marriage, starring Oscar nominated Julie Christie.

Tuesday, February 19: 
When the Bough Breaks, a documentary produced by Brooke Shields, about post-partum depression.

Tuesday, February 26:
Concussion, a biopic about the doctor who exposed the brain trauma caused by repeated hits to the head in the sport of football, starring Will Smith.


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