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2014 National Council Film Festival

The National Council Film Festival featured films and documentaries that inspire you and remind you why you went into mental health and substance use care.

The Anonymous People
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The Anonymous People is a documentary about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. For decades, entrenched social discrimination has kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden. Sensational media depictions of addiction fill the vacuum created by this silence and perpetuate a public fascination with the dysfunctional side of what is a preventable and treatable medical condition. Now, addiction recovery advocates are emerging from the shadows to tell their true stories. The leaders, volunteers, executives, and celebrities who lay it all on the line to save the lives of others like them tell the moving story in The Anonymous People.

View film excerpts and engage in a panel discussion led by:

Greg Williams, Filmmaker, The Anonymous People
Carol McDaid, Co-founder and Principal, Capitol Decisions Inc.
John Shinsolser, President, McShin Foundation


Hidden Pictures

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In Hidden Pictures, award-winning filmmaker and physician Delaney Ruston, who grew up in the shadow of her dad’s schizophrenia, explores the hidden struggles faced by the 450 million people living with mental illnesses worldwide. Through deeply personal stories involving bipolar illness, depression, schizophrenia, and anxiety across the world, Hidden Pictures reveals a global epidemic of silence around mental illness, as well as moments of profound compassion and remarkable change. Five years in the making, Hidden Pictures is the first feature documentary to explore global mental health.


Running From Crazy

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In Running From Crazy, Mariel Hemingway, granddaughter of fame author Ernest Hemingway, strives to better understand her family’s history of suicide and mental illness. As a young girl, Mariel followed her supermodel sister, Margaux, into the acting world. Critics immediately praised Mariel’s talent, which created a deep rift between the sisters. Barbara Kopple’s bold portrait of the Hemingways intertwines haunting archival footage from Margaux’s personal family documentary with scenes from Mariel’s life today as she advocates for suicide prevention and strives to live a rigorously healthy lifestyle to combat what appears to be her birthright. Mariel’s courageous journey of acceptance and introspection allows her to view her family and turbulent upbringing through new eyes and, for the first time, accept them with a peaceful heart.

Mariel Hemingway will present a Thought Leader session at the 2014 National Council Conference.

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