Saturday, May 30, 2020

Mental Health Mini Film Festival #4 of 4: “A Brilliant Madness: John Nash”

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What: Mental Health Mini Film Festival
When: May 31 - June 8
  • We will view each film together, commenting throughout in text chat. Then we will discuss when we are all done viewing. Each film is Closed Captioned.

Fourth and Final Entry!

What: “A Brilliant Madness: John Nash”
When: Monday, June 8, 11:30am SLT
Where: Blue Orchid Cabana Classroom, Virtual Ability island
  • John Nash was a young and brilliant mathematician whose theoretical discoveries have applications in many fields. This documentary follows the life of Nash, the exceptional mathematician who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994 for his work despite having severe mental illness. You may recall part of his story from the movie “A Beautiful Mind.”

Mental Health Mini Film Festival #3 of 4: “Overpill”

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What: Mental Health Mini Film Festival
When: May 31 - June 8
  • We will view each film together, commenting throughout in text chat. Then we will discuss when we are all done viewing. Each film is Closed Captioned.

Third Entry!

What: “Overpill”
When: Thursday, June 4, noon SLT
Where: Blue Orchid Cabana Classroom, Virtual Ability island
  • This documentary highlights the effects of Big Pharma and its interests in treating (but not curing) mental illness. The pharmaceutical industry has capitalized on the public's awareness of mental illnesses to sell medications with known severe side effects and the danger of addiction.

Mental Health Mini Film Festival #2 of 4: “Bedlam: The history of Bethlem Hospital”

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What: Mental Health Mini Film Festival
When: May 31 - June 8
  • We will view each film together, commenting throughout in text chat. Then we will discuss when we are all done viewing. Each film is Closed Captioned.

Second Entry!

What: “Bedlam: The history of Bethlem Hospital”
When: Monday, June 1, 2pm SLT
Where: Blue Orchid Cabana Classroom, Virtual Ability island
  • This film documents the infamous psychiatric facility through archaeology and the research of psychiatric historians. Skeletons in a graveyard under the streets of London and antique texts help us understand the cruel and inhumane treatments of persons who may (or may not) have been mentally ill that were common from the 1600s up into modern times.

Mental Health Mini Film Festival #1 of 4: “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated”

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What: Mental Health Mini Film Festival
When: May 31 - June 8
  • We will view each film together, commenting throughout in text chat. Then we will discuss when we are all done viewing. Each film is Closed Captioned.

First Up!

What: “Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated”
When: Sunday, May 31, 7am SLT
Where: Blue Orchid Cabana Classroom, Virtual Ability island

  • Demi Lovato is a singer, actress, and TV personality. She acted as a child on Barney and Friends, then in some Disney movies. Now she has released several popular studio albums. This film is a personal look at the star's life including her experience with an eating disorder, bipolar disorder, and addiction.