The MHSA Film Festival 2020 was a HUGE success. Thank you to all the brilliant filmmakers and their crew who submitted to the festival and also joined us live from all over the world for the Q&A sessions. We are so very thankful and blessed to have been able to share you films with the world. And thank you to those of you that joined us Live and/or watched after and voted for your favorite. Be sure to Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can hear the announcement for the winners and keep up to date about all things BCC Evolution.

Together let's Make Mental Health Matter!!

We officially picked 12 incredible films from all over the world including Malaysia, Ireland, New Zealand, Netherlands, Canada and the U.S. Find out more about below.

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Film Lineup 2020

Big Boys Don't Cry

Overview: Big Boys Don’t Cry is a spoken word piece written and directed by Joe Byrne. Its aim is to tackle some of the ideas of what it means to be a man in society today, by going straight in and dismantling the commonly used phrase “Big Boys Don’t Cry”. Its main objective is to smash the false idea and belief that men and boys should not show emotion, or by in doing so you are somehow weak or inadequate. It touches on subjects such as suicide, loneliness, isolation and the social conditioning that`s shaping the generations of males now growing up amongst us. It is a call to action for men to open up and not to be afraid to express themselves freely.
It is estimated that in 2015 in the UK and Ireland alone there were 6,639 suicides and of those 4,997 were males.

Director

Writer

Producer

Editor

Country Originated

Ireland

Aidan Quigley

Joe Byrne

Joe Byrne

Joe Byrne

High Flying Jade

Overview: Walking the line between mindfulness and adrenaline rush, an American, bipolar, aerialist tries to reconcile her suicidal inclinations, her past life as an air traffic controller and the pressures of training for opening night at the Vietnamese circus.

High Flying Jade is the true story of a bipolar woman from Los Angeles who moved to Vietnam and joined the circus in Hồ Chí Minh City. In the US, Jade was an air traffic controller but repeated attempts at suicide culminated in hospitalization. She was eventually diagnosed and treated for bipolar disorder. Now, she tries to manage her unique brain chemistry with learned-mindfulness and focused aerial training. We meet her one week before the opening night of her first ever performance in a real, big top circus.

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

Viet Nam

Jade White

Jayjit DasGupta

Katherine Sweetman

Katherine Sweetman

Chatter

Overview: A mixed woman battles her inner voices of self-doubt.

Director Statement: Based on my own experience as a suicide survivor. I wanted this to be a one shot because when self-doubt takes over, I don't get to edit the scene.

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

United States

Ashley Grezbien,

Kimberly Jackson,

Janab Kareem Davis,

Linda Walton,

Natasha Rose Capener,

Shanera Richardson,

Nicole Serrat,

Angelica Robinson

Roger Roth,

Angel Hunter,

Haley Schwabel

Joe Byrne

Natasha K Lewin

It Is Me

Overview: "It is Me" is produced by MEAN Productions and directed by Angharad Gladding. It looks at the struggles of mental health, in particular, anxiety. This artistic documentary is told from multiple perspectives from those who struggle with anxiety or those who have witnessed it. It is based around three illustrations which were also created by the director earlier this year. Each illustrator gives a different point of view from those who struggle with anxiety.

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

New Zealand

Imogen Young,

Aiden Dickens,

Izzy Christensen,

Juliet Powley,

Tasituale Masoe,

Angharad Gladding

Mean Productions

Angharad Gladding

Angharad Gladding

Yellow Line

Overview: Yellow Line, a film written based on a true story about human psychological struggles. Struggles as such can't be cured by just medication. Sometimes, all it takes is just a simple connection that is relevant. Yellow was written, planned, shot, edited, music sound design and finished in 48 Hours

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

Malaysia

Iman,

Kar Men Yap

Kar Men Yap,

Emily MSQ,

Kionz.C

Iman Abdullah

Kionz.C

Nervosa

Overview: Jade lives with her friends Rex and Bo in a secluded mobile home, surrounded by a dense conifer hedge. At first sight, it seems like a normal friendship, but soon it turns out to be more like a hostage situation. Meanwhile, a woman is desperately trying to get through to Jade.

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

Netherlands

Nora el Koussour,

Sarah Janneh,

Merel Pauw,

Souad el Aidi Keehnen

Julia Rombout,

Reinier Selen

Thessa Meijer

Thessa Meijer

Here Today

Overview: A high school girl struggles to find her own identity with a new group of friends and discovers that together, their choices have an impact beyond what they ever imagined. This universally autobiographical tale, written by 16-year-old Meredith Grace Dabney, is a reminder of vulnerability, life’s connections and most importantly that words and actions, however small, affect everyone and everything.

Director

Writer

Producer

Editor

Country Originated

United States

Meredith Grace Dabney,

Cece Kelly,

Isaiah Asher Hanley,

Kjay Saifullah,

Andrew Hunter,

Thomas Martin,

Piper Collins,

Sophia Sharma

Astrabeta Creations,

Meredith Grace Dabney, 

Erica Arvold, 

Isaac Deitz,

Erik Lingvall,

Taylor Fedele,

Viviana Chavez

Meredith Grace Dabney

Erica Arvold

Collapse

Overview: A writer struggles to cope with the trauma and stresses of a loved one who has passed.

*This film was made in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

United States

Phillip Lehn

Phillip Lehn

Phillip Lehn

Phillip Lehn

Mood Atlas

Overview: The treatment of Bipolar Disorder often entails years of trial and error, whereby patients are required to change their medications numerous times across a lifetime - mood stabilizers, antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs, anti-anxiety pills, sleeping pills, and so on. Mood Atlas is a short documentary exploring Bipolar Disorder through one man’s experiences, and his search for hope in neuroscience. Shane is participating in a research study in which a team of scientists are mapping the brain, in order to better predict, diagnose and treat Bipolar Disorder. The psychological tests administered to Shane act as a device, for the film viewer, to enter Shane’s psyche and his history. Within his own life they act as a means of giving him hope; people are working to better understand his condition and he can offer something to others who struggle as he does.

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

Ireland

Shane

Alice McDowell

Mia Mullarkey

Mia Mullarkey

Finding Justice

Overview: Finding Justice tackles the devastation caused by wrongful conviction through the journey of Jeffrey Deskovic. After serving 16 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit, Deskovic has strived to rebuild his life. The film follows him as he finishes law school and runs a foundation that frees the wrongfully convicted, all while dealing with lingering trauma.

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

United States

Jeffrey Deskovic

Hannah Miller

Hannah Miller

Hannah Miller

Deeper Than Blue

Overview: “Deeper Than Blue” explores a shadowed medical
crisis that affects mothers called postpartum depression.
Told through Amanda Munday; her heartbreaking and empowering
story of her experience with postpartum depression following the birth of her daughter Fiona.

Director

Writer

Producer

Editor

Country Originated

Canada

Connor Vowel

Nicole Hayward

Devon Robertson

Devon Robertson

How Speaking About Suicide Can Save Lives

Overview: There is an often overlooked significance of suicide in media, both negative and positive. Dwight Holton, CEO of Lines for Life, explores how individuals who interact with and discuss suicide can make a difference in saving lives.

Director

Writer

Producer

Key Cast

Country Originated

United States

Dwight Holton

Marissa Dingman

Marissa Dingman

Marissa Dingman

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About this Event

BCC Evolution presents the 1st Annual MHSA Film Festival focusing on Mental Health and Suicide Awareness was a huge success. We brought awareness to so many aspects of mental health, suicide, substance abuse and different types of therapy. We will have film clips coming soon of the event.

 

Join us next year to continue the conversation as we watch several short independent films, meet some of the actors, film producers and have a discussion around all things mental health, suicide and bullying.

Get your Live Stream Interactive Event ticket today to the 2020 Film Festival above.

Check out our first media coverage story of the event: https://www.filmbecomesher.com/blog/bcc-evolutions-mental-health-film-festival

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Are you a keynote speaker or have a story you want to share?? Apply to be part of the panel next year. Send your story to support@bccevolution.org

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Our Founder and MC

We will all be sharing 12 inspirational films that show the journey through Mental Health and Suicide Awareness journeys and how hope is what keeps us all going. 

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