Mental health movie series to begin July 5
For four weeks beginning Wednesday, July 5, St. Paul Lutheran Church’s Mental Health Awareness Team will host a midsummer mental health movie series. Come and watch a movie and join in discussion afterwards. Movies begin at 6:30 p.m., popcorn included.
The series is free and open to the public. It will include the showing of:
JULY 5, INFINITELY POLAR BEAR
Cameron Stuart lives with his wife Maggie and their daughters Amelia and Faith in an isolated house in the countryside. When Cam is fired from his job, he experiences severe mental distress. Maggie is forced to seek in-patient care for him. When he is released, he moves to a small apartment while Maggie works to support the children. She decides to apply to an MBA program to improve her income and she is accepted by Columbia University in New York. She asks Cameron to take care of the girls for 18 months and he agrees despite his fears.
JULY 12, AS GOOD AS IT GETS
Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress at a local cafe who will tolerate him, must leave work to care for her sick son, making it impossible for Melvin to eat breakfast.
JULY 19, LIFE, ANIMATED
From Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams, Life, Animated is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films.
JULY 26, TOUCHED WITH FIRE
Touched with Fire stars Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby as two poets with bipolar disorder whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. When they meet in a treatment facility, their chemistry is instant and intense, driving each other’s mania to new heights. They pursue their passion which breaks outside the bounds of sanity, swinging them from fantastical highs to tormented lows until they ultimately must choose between sanity and love. Inspired by the film maker’s own struggles overcoming bipolar disorder, Paul Dalio wrote, directed, edited and scored his feature film debut.
For more information, contact Ann McGlynn at [email protected] or 563-326-3547.