The Basilica Mental Health Film Festival 2020
The Basilica of Saint Mary will screen four films in February that look at Anxiety and Stress. 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 include two documentaries, one about anxiety generally and the other looking at how screen time is causing anxiety and stress for our young people. The other films look at anxiety as it was seen in the 1947 Secret Life of Walter Mitty, the Disney Pixar animated film, Inside Out, and the Academy Award winning biopic The King’s Speech.
Saturday, February 1: Register here
It’s “Just” Anxiety is a documentary that introduces people from diverse backgrounds who describe their personal struggles with this mental health condition. It is a double feature with Screenagers The Next Chapter, a documentary that focuses on youth and the anxiety and stress caused by cell phones and social media.
Saturday, February 8: Register here
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, is a 1947 film starring Danny Kaye that examines a mild-mannered pushover who longs to be free of his mundane existence and indulges in elaborate daydreams.
Saturday, February 15: Register here
Inside Out is the Disney Pixar animated film that tells the story of Riley, a happy 11-year old whose life is turned upside-down when she and her parents move across the country.
Saturday, February 22: Register here
The King’s Speech, is an Academy Award winning biopic about King George VI who struggled with speaking to the world as his role required.
Registration is free but we will be able to plan appropriately if we know you are coming.
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.”
Janet Grove, the Mental Health Ministry coordinator at The Basilica said, “We wanted to continue the film festival this year with films that explore the very real stress and anxiety that people are dealing with daily.”