For Shadows and We’re Okay: A Special Screening of Independent and Experimental Mental Health Films on October 21st

On October 21st,  please join Mechanical Eye Microcinema and the Asheville Radical Mental Health Collective for a one-night screening of two extraordinary independent films that were created as a means of telling stories around internal/external experiences of alienation and belonging, life/death existence, and healing.

Here are all the pertinent whens, wheres and whats of this awesome event:

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, 8:00pm at the BeBe Theatre [20 Commerce St.] with Mechanical Eye Microcinema & ARMHC, featuring We’re Okay by local filmmaker Kira Bursky and For Shadows by Ken Paul Rosenthal. $5.00 suggested donation, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

We’re excited that local filmmaker Kira Bursky will be able to join us for the screening, which will be followed by an informal discussion and conversation with Kira about her work as a filmmaker and an all-around artist that is doing some amazing creative work out in the world.

Here is some additional information about the films, but maybe you could just come see the movies!

Here is a link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/843086602391033/

Please let folks who may be interested in attending this special, one-night screening know that it is happening!

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We’re Okay is a powerful fantasy drama about teen depression and sexuality. Delilah has decided to _________ on her 18 birthday, but her friend Lena surprises her with a birthday party. We see how Delilah is truly feeling in her stop motion animated circus world mind.

For Shadows is a contemplative, multi-layered memoir that explores the process of coming to terms with one’s shadow while unraveling the tangled roots of self-harm. The home movies of a child’s formative years and an interior landscape of traumatic domestic memories are excavated and re-constructed alongside sound clips from archival mental hygiene films. Ken Paul Rosenthal (creator of the Mad Dance Trilogy) is an artist-activist who lives in San Francisco and gathers breathtaking, heartbreaking, and fascinating footage on a near daily basis.

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/70586075″>For Shadows – Trailer</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user8270456″>Ken Paul Rosenthal</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

When the leaves keep falling from the trees…

Erica Hua Fletcher, Ph.D.

This month seems to be slipping away from me. The change of seasons has been quite welcomed, and as the nights become cooler and cooler I can’t help but anticipate firing up our wooden stove and roasting marshmallows and watching the leaves turn yellow and crimson this fall… But I also can’t help but be reminded of all the work to be done in the coming months.

So far, I’ve transcribed 8 formal interviews, attended 12 Collective meetings, filmed and edited 6 short videos, hosted 2 research updates at my place, and participated in a handful of other Collective organizing meetings and events. And yet, there are many more interviews to be scheduled locally, and I’ve only begun working to recruit the two other groups I hope to reach during my fieldwork—the local Icarus chapter organizers/facilitators across the nation (and beyond) and Icaristas who contribute to radical mental conversations via…

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Mad Gifts, Saving Graces, and Works in Progress / October 2014 @ The Eagle Street Coffee Emporium

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014, 6-8pm Opening Reception followed by Open Mic

Friday, October 17th, 2014 5:30-7:30pm Workshop on Madness and Creativity

  • Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, 8:00pm @ the BeBe Theatre with Mechanical Eye Microcinema & ARMHC, films by Ken Paul Rosenthal and local filmmaker Kira Bursky
  • Works will be shown through October 31st, 2014.

Featuring works by R.S. Dorian, R. Ransom, F. Rhyne, Melissa HoneyBee, the Rise-Up Artists from BeLoved, along with many others. This show will include a very special interactive showing of a collective community work in progress. This show will feature sculpture, installation, and print/paint media on vertical display.

Additional information about events will be posted soon!

Please check out and share the Facebook event page!