About LABELED

Severe Persistent Mental Illness plagues 97,000 Utahns annually. The battles and struggles caused by mental illness are real, and its influence upon our community is felt by many. ‘LABELED’ will showcase thought-provoking films that explore mental health issues from numerous perspectives. It’s designed to bring together a community of health providers, government agencies, educators, policy makers, caregivers, and individuals who want to better understand and support those with mental illness.

For over 30 years, Alliance House has served adults living with a Severe or Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI). They are part of Clubhouse International that champions psycho-social programs for those living with SPMI. Alliance House members have the unique opportunity to connect into a supportive and collaborative community to rebuild their confidence and have purpose.

Alliance House is the host of ‘Labeled’ and works with the Canadian Au Contraire Film Festival to select quality films for ‘Labeled’. Both film festivals recognize that the power of creative expression is a catalyst that inspires citizens to take action. The goal of the festivals is to dispel stereotypes and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. ACFF films reflect the realities of stigmatization – the feelings of being afraid, ignored, devalued, rejected or irrelevant but also emphasize that mental illness is not a fault, not a weakness, not a lack of character, not hopeless. It is an illness. Learn more at www.acff.ca.

March 23-26, 2017

20 Films
1 Goal

Contrary to popular belief, mental illness is NOT a fault, NOT a weakness, NOT a lack of character, NOT hopeless... It's an illness. This festival will spotlight stories of humanity through profound documentaries, film shorts, animations and full-length features. Also engage in 20-minute, post-screening discussion panels with selected filmmakers, mental health professionals, or those living with SPMI.

Background

In a culture that stigmatizes people living with mental illness, LABELED Mental Health Film Festival challenges audiences to understand the person behind the labels. Stereotypically, movies portray those with mental illness as outcasts, debilitated, isolated, dependent, dangerous, unpredictable, comedic, annoying and incompetent.

LABELED strives to humanize them as, chances are, you know someone who is touched by mental illness.

 

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The Films

Labeled seeks to promote more sophisticated representations of people with mental illness. Stereotypically, movies portray those with mental illness as outcasts, debilitated, isolated, dependent, dangerous, unpredictable, annoying and incompetent. Labeled strives for the opposite.

Not Criminally Responsible
Thursday at Natural History Museum

This documentary about violence, mental illness, and the rights of victims tells the story of a troubled young man who stabbed a complete stranger 6 times in a crowded shopping mall while gripped by psychosis. Twelve years later, his victim, who miraculously survived, is terrified to learn that he’s out, living in the community under supervision.
The Beggar's Description
Thursday at Natural History Museum

Pierre Tétrault, tells his brother Phil's story - one of art, love, and madness - capturing the far-reaching effects of schizophrenia on one man, his friends and his family. Phil has been locked up in jails and psych wards, kicked out of the house by desperate friends and family and spent long periods living on the streets of Montreal.
Bellissima
Friday at Broadway Centre Theatre

Winnerof “Best Italian Short” David di Donatello 2016, Bellissima tells the story of Veronica, a prisoner of her own huge body. During a party in a nightclub a boy makes fun of her. Veronica is deeply hurt and locks herself in a washroom. But fate has a pleasant surprise in store for her.
Millelire
Friday at Broadway Centre Theatre

With flashbacks to his youth, Millelire is a sensitive story of a schizophrenic’s difficult and rejecting relationship with his family, all the while forming a more caring bond with the citizens of his neighborhood.

 

 

Coward
Friday at Broadway Centre Theatre

A day in the life of a desperate fight to fulfill ones deepest wish- to be useful in the world.
Folie à Deux
Friday at Broadway Centre Theatre

Awkward silence equals awkward thoughts. In Folie à Deux you’ll find yourself wondering… who’s the crazy one? Audience included.
Through The Hawthorne
Friday at Broadway Centre Theatre

Three characters, three perspectives, three directors: A triptych exploring
three very different senses of reality
Charlie Cloudhead
Friday at Broadway Centre Theatre

Charlie bottles up his problems into a cloud that permanently hovers above his head. A tense birthday dinner with his wife finally forces him to confront his issues – with spectacular and heartbreaking results.
Pitter Patter Goes My Heart
Friday at Broadway Centre Theatre

The hopelessly romantic Lisa takes desperate measures to win her former lover back. But the fact that he already has a new girl at his side and that Lisa needs to bring her alcoholic father to an anti-varicose-campaign photo shoot without letting him know is not helpful. The tragedy takes its course.
Drôle D’Oiseau
Saturday at Broadway Centre Theatre

A portrait of a man with bipolar disorder painted through the eyes of his 8-year old daughter. The picture turns into a bittersweet adventure with two unconventional heroes on a path of innocence and crude behavior.

 

Fog
Saturday at Broadway Centre Theatre

In a desperate attempt to connect with her ghostly schizophrenic father, a young woman tempers with his medication.

 

 

Not My Brother
Saturday at Broadway Centre Theatre

Dana and her family have been torn apart by the undiagnosed mental illness of her brother Ben. After many failed attempts to have him admitted to the health care system, Dana must face a difficult decision when his fate is unexpectedly thrown into her hands.

 

Good Words
Saturday at Broadway Centre Theatre

A gifted and highly qualified candidate attends a job interview. All appears to be going swimmingly, until the conversation turns towards the subject of mental illness. While this film is a work of fiction, research indicates that it represents a reality played out daily.
Krisha
Saturday at Broadway Centre Theatre

Krisha Fairchild, in an extraordinary portrait of addiction and family strife, plays the troubled black sheep of a Texas family in the SXSW grand jury prize-winner.
Dissonance
Sunday at Broadway Centre Theatre

Dissonance is a trip between fantasy and reality, between animation and live action drama. It tells the story of a psychotic street musician who has to leave his mental world to deal with the real one.
Fear
Sunday at Broadway Centre Theatre

Fear considers the tension between fear and safety; faith and psychology; Chinese and American; and acceptance and healing.

 

 

Edmond
Sunday at Broadway Centre Theatre

A stop motion film about an oddball felted character who slips through floors into the past and the deepest parts of his psyche in his pursuit of self-understanding. BAFTA 2016 Winner!
Reuben Leaves
Sunday at Broadway Centre Theatre

Ruben is haunted by obsessive-compulsive thoughts; is the front door locked? Is the stove really turned off? As Ruben’s creative mind is invaded by increasingly absurd scenarios, reality and imagination begin to merge… Best Graduation Film, Swiss Film Award 2016.
Living In Space
Sunday at Broadway Centre Theatre

Have you been in Space? Oliver has, without even leaving Earth. Oliver has schizophrenia. In his world, imagination and reality both conflict. It is hard to resist being dragged into illusion, but even harder to get out of it. Every day, he lives with the fear of a psychosis relapse.
Adventuresof the Depressive Mind
Sunday at Broadway Centre Theatre

The biggest adventure is life. We can all choose our own but sometimes the arch villains stand in our way.

Labeled Film Festival Schedule

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Compelling Data

The Labeled Film Festival creates several opportunities to educate people about mental illnesses:

The first step is raising awareness of the issues, which is accomplished through the promotion of the festival's concept in the media.

People who participate in the festival organizing and who attend the events are educated as they interact with consumers of mental health services.

The films that are selected provide facts and uncover myths surrounding mental illnesses while entertaining.

The festival provides venues for discussion, presentations, consumer-produced art and entertainment and other educational material.

Through films, the festival also provides a vehicle, or vocabulary, to express a person's emotions and experiences with mental illnesses.

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Latest News and Blog Posts

Read statistics and hear some opinions on the subject of mental health. Feel free to comment and add your input to the conversation.

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Posted on January 30, 2017

LABELED Film Festival Press Release

SALT LAKE, UT (January 30, 2017) LABELED, a four-day interactive mental health film festival at the Broadway Theatre, will challenge audiences to see the individuals behind the labels associated with Severe Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) – an issue that plagues 22 percent of the Utah population.

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Posted on February 16, 2017

Mental Illness and the Family: Warning Signs and How to Cope

Most people believe that mental disorders are rare and “happen to someone else." In fact, mental disorders are common and widespread. An estimated 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year.

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Posted on February 17, 2017

There was only one princess us kids of the 80s wished to be

Princess Leia. We finally saw a heroine willing to fight the resistance and not stand idly by. As life’s struggles and curve balls come my way, I secretly pull from my childhood fantasy and ask, “What would Leia do?”

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    Hosted by The Alliance House, a Salt Lake non-profit agency that seeks to provide a supportive environment where adults with SPMI can rebuild their self-respect, dignity, and abilities through education, productive work, and meaningful relationships.

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Film Festival Venues

Nautural History Museum
Opening Gala (Thursday) Venue
301 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

The Museum has two levels of surface parking adjacent to the building. It is an uphill walk from the parking lot to the Museum's main entrance featuring footpaths, stairways, and ramps for visitors in strollers and wheelchairs.
Broadway Centre Theatre
Friday, Saturday, Sunday Venue
111 East Broadway
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Free parking available with validation at Broadway Centre Garage (east of Broadway Theatre).