The short film follows a student attending California University of San Marcos who manages mental health issues like stress and anxiety. This only a small part of her story, as she shares the importance of reaching out for help and the insight she has today about her experience.
The film was created by six classmates (Roberto Morelia, Megan Escobar, Helena Gulbrandsen, Luis Alfredo, Casey Staples, and Cameron Johnson) who shared the same communications major at Cal State San Marcos. Originally beginning as a simple group assignment for a class they shared, the project was brought to the next level after solidifying a partnership with the Hope and Wellness Center on campus.
After meeting with the staff and with a partnered organization, Active Minds, they realized just how impactful their project could truly become. From then on, the film became much more than just an assignment, but intended to raise awareness and reduce stigma for mental health- especially among students.
Art With Impact’s monthly film competition awards one winning filmmaker a $1,000 cash prize for a film — up to five minutes in length and of any genre — that uses mental health as the point of interest. Film topics may either be interpretive of mental health, or address it directly. Winning films are added to AWI’s diverse OLIVE film collection, which is used in educational outreach programs.
Learn more about the short film competition at https://artwithimpact.org/films/submit-a-film/.