Mental health movie series begins July 10

Mission | July 1, 2019

For four weeks beginning Wednesday, July 10, 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:


Rain Man is a 1988 American comedy-drama directed by Barry Levinson and written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass. It tells the story of an abrasive, selfish young wheeler dealer Charlie Babbitt. He discovers that his estranged father has died and bequeathed all of his multimillion-dollar estate to his other son, Raymond (Dustin Hoffman), an autistic savant, of whose existence Charlie was unaware. Charlie is left with only his father’s car and collection of rose bushes.


The son of a depressed but doting mother and a father who is serving time for tax evasion, teenager Charlie Bartlett enrolls in a school run by embittered alcoholic Principal Nathan Gardner. Unable to fit in with most of his fellow students, Charlie is diagnosed with ADHD. He forms an alliance with a school bully and offers him half the proceeds from the sale of prescription drugs Charlie obtains by feigning physical and emotional symptoms with different psychiatrists.


A daredevil photographer, an aspiring swimsuit model, and a Midwest girl next door are all looking for the same things from their Instagram account – a little love, acceptance and, of course, fame. And they’ll do just about anything to get it. With an observational eye, Social Animals peeks into the digital and real worlds of today’s image-focused teenager, where followers, likes and comments mark success and self-worth.


When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into her childhood home after her mother’s suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Sixteen years passed before she had the courage to delve into this trove, unearthing details that her mother had recorded about every aspect of her life. This is an emotionally candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved.

Note: Kathy Leichter will Skype in for a Q & A session with the audience after the film.

For more information, contact Ann McGlynn at or 563-326-3547.

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