After viewing the documentary, Of Two Minds, Ann Fisher Raney, CEO of Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center, invited its filmmaker, Doug Blush, and star, Carlton Davis, to speak at a showing of the film open to the organization’s supporters and mental healthcare advocates.
Of Two Minds explores the extraordinary lives, struggles and success of Americans living with bipolar disorder. Personal stories of harrowing events, medical mazes, discrimination and the effects of social stigma blend to create a compelling look at a generation coming out of the “bipolar closet,” according to a press release.
Blush is an award-winning documentary director, editor, producer and writer who has edited a wide range of major, theatrically-released documentaries including The Invisible War, that was nominated for the 2012 Academy Award for best feature documentary.
As an artist based in Pasadena, CA., Davis has dealt with bipolar disorder all his life, and understands its effect on his art and relationships. Davis is one of six individuals featured in the film, and tells his unique story, which includes being kidnapped by his father, a long-term imaginary friend and female alter-ego, and his battles to overcome suicidal tendencies.
Blush and Davis will visit for two screenings of the documentary. The primary event is a fundraiser on April 8 where admission will cost $70 and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Time: 6 – 9 p.m. Location: 27 Live, 1012 Church St., Evanston. Please call 847-933-0051 or visit www.tpoint.org for reservations. The free, public education showing will be held on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. Location: Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Ave.
Proceeds will benefit Turning Point’s mission of making comprehensive, high-quality mental healthcare accessible to all.