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.