Since 2015 I’ve been producing short documentary films about youth psychosis in collaboration with Columbia Psychiatry’s OnTrackNY treatment program in New York. These films are now part of ongoing research about stigma reduction, and used in an online mental healthcare referral programs for youth across New York state using digital advertising methodologies. I’m passionate about film as a tool to reach people because we need to “reach people where they’re at” in a way that builds trust, connection, and action.
My filmmaking approach:
I take a participatory and trauma-informed approach when making films about youth mental health. I believe a film should be an experience for youth to express their story and identity. Consent and collaboration is key. Learn more about how I make films here.
Check out Ambar’s 1-minute trailer about schizophrenia:
Behind the Scenes
The pre-production of these films involved working with each youth’s care teams and families to collect legal consent and ensure they felt safe and comfortable with the process. The youth review and approve of the final films.
Check out Drew’s 1-minute trailer about schizophrenia: