Thursday, September 24, 2009

Well, filming is complete but now lies the very exciting and demanding job of editing. There are so many artistic avenues to raise awareness, I can not stick to just one:) Some say a movie is made during editing. I agree with this. I have about 4 hours of interviews and other material which will be condense down into a 1-2 hour documentary. I have so many ideas of how I will weave these very inspiring stories together. Since I have a very obsessive attitude when it comes to my work, I know that many of my nights will be spent in front of my iMac as I try to perfect the flow of this  film. I can't imagine that others will not be moved by these different yet similar points of views (as expressed by the interviewees). Just to give you an idea of what to expect, here are descriptions of the participants:

• A young woman who was diagnosed with schizophrenia 10 years ago. Her story is proof that recovery is possible. Plus, her courage to speak out against stigma will show others that NO ONE should be silence by ignorance or fear.

• A mother who's  son was diagnosed with schizophrenia about 10 years ago. Her point of view is unique since she is fighting to raise awareness so that her son can live a life with dignity and respect. I connected with her right away since I want the same for my brother.

• A young man who was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder about 10 years ago. Aside from his positive attitude towards recovery and life, this man's artwork and poems are sure to show how perseverance can aid in recovery.

• A mother who lost a son to suicide but keeps his spirit alive by raising awareness wherever she can. I am very honored to be able to share her story since suicide carries a much harsher stigma. Like myself, this woman believes that raising awareness about all mental illness can and will prevent suicide.

Well, I will be working hard and keeping all of you in mind as I continue on my journey. Thank you again for all of your support:)


  1. We are behind you 100% Amber - all your hard work and late nights will be well worth it in the end.

  2. Hey Amber,

    I know when you get done with the movie it will be awesome. You know what? I saw my therapist yesterday and she says that she wants to use your movie in their "Inservice Day." They have one about every four months so she was thinking in Feburary because they already booked someone next month. It would be the therapist and doctors from the clinic. If you think this is something you want to do e - mail me.

    Also as always, you give me such wonderful compliements. I know I work hard, but it's seems like life. Like it's good to work hard because then I can have a life with mental illness! I just thank God for the times He reminds me that it is worth it when good people like you want to hang around me!


  3. Hi Amber,

    I am so glad that I met you at Benj & Belindas, and that you directed me to your work. This is wonderful. I am blown away by the love and motivation that are so apparent in what you are doing. I will pass this on to other folks in the art therapy field. Very exciting!