As we know, films play a critical role in our society. They reflect our culture and shape our perceptions, attitudes, and behavior. Film Changes Direction, a new feature of the campaign, identifies and promotes films that engage, inspire, and educate.

Through our work with many of the talented people involved with the film, Love &Mercy – Brian and Melinda Wilson, actors John Cusack and Paul Dano, director Bill Pohlad, producer Clair Rudnick Polstein, and screenwriter Oren Moverman— we began to think about the power of film to assist with our mission to change the culture of mental health. Love & Mercy tells the compelling story of Brian Wilson’s struggle with mental illness, and how a loving relationship saved his life. The film, which features wonderful music and superb acting, is an excellent example of the power of film to both entertain and enlighten.

As we work with partners and communities across the country, we look forward to sharing other films with you—and learning about films from you. We plan to share movies and documentaries that change how we think about, feel about, and care for our emotional well-being.

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After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.

What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically revolutionary film that asks and answers these questions with a power and intimacy like no other.

What would you do to save your child? A young teenager struggles with a debilitating mental illness as his mom risks everything to save him without losing the rest of her family.

Mind/Game intimately chronicles Holdsclaw’s athletic accomplishments and personal setbacks, and her decision, despite public stigma, to become an outspoken mental health advocate.

A dramatic feature film, told from the point of view of a group of Soldiers in the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, set in one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan at the height of the surge.

George seeks refuge at Bellevue Hospital, a Manhattan intake center for homeless men, where his friendship with a fellow client helps him try to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter.

Two bipolar patients meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance that brings out all of the beauty and horror of their condition.

A Matter of Duty details Kennebec Sheriff Randy Liberty’s personal battle with PTSD and several veterans in his charge at the Kennebec County Jail. Liberty’s honesty about his own condition and his efforts to help other veterans vividly depicts the continuing impact of war on the men and women who have served our country.

Coming Spring 2017 – A look at how far parents will go to protect their children. Feature film based on a novel by Herman Koch.


Submit films that have inspired or affected you.

 

With your help, we plan to share movies and documentaries that change how we think about, feel about, and care for our emotional well-being.

  • Why are you submitting this film? How do you think it impacts popular culture in terms of mental health?