"Out of Sight" Documentary Seeks to Change Mental Health Stigmas

Bethlehem, PA, December 12, 2014 --(PR.com)-- On December 8th, a preview of upcoming mental health documentary “Out of Sight” screened at the Carmike Promenade 16 Theater in Center Valley, as part of the DeSales University Senior Showcase. This 12-minute preview of the feature-length film is now available online.

Out of Sight takes a close look at how society treats adolescents at-risk of suicide, or suffering from depression — and its dire consequences. It addresses the idea that such issues are pushed “out of sight.”

Through a series of gripping interviews with adult survivors, students, educators, parents, and mental health professionals, Out of Sight probes why depression and self-harm are so frequently swept under the rug. It explores the ongoing conflicts sewn within families that often accompany mental health disorders, and the dangerous but very common consequences of denial. The film invites viewers to examine the cultural reaction surrounding the recognition of mental illness in young adults and the silent representations of teen depression. It explores the current flaws in the mental health system in terms of getting teens the help they need and invites all to take steps to stop the stigma by starting the conversation. A feature-length documentary film developed by co-directors Kyle Mahaney, Jessie Minor, and Aimee Bender, Out of Sight strives to shine a beacon on the plight of thousands of teenagers denied mental health care, left alone and in the dark.

The production began in 2012 as a combined effort by students of DeSales University, Cedar Crest College, Northampton Community College, and local homeschoolers from Monroe and Northampton Counties. The film production relied entirely on donations, fundraising and tireless volunteer work to reach this point. More than anything, the film was sustained through the energy of dozens of volunteers rallying together to stop the stigmas surrounding mental health which prevent so many from seeking appropriate professional care.

The project features interviews with Jamie Tworkowski (founder of the non-profit organization “To Write Love On Her Arms” that aids individuals struggling with depression), Joe Ragosta (frontman of the band “Patent Pending”), Jessie Minor, Annie Blaine, Molly Hudelson, Leo Behe, Katie Piatt, Sarah Tomlinson, Aimee Bender, Anthony Vonelli, Amy Cramer, Chris Minor, Jess Reed,Tony Mazzariello, Laurel Wenson, Angela Landis, Laurette Johnson-Presto and James Presto. It was co-directed and co-produced by Kyle Mahaney, Jessie Minor and Aimee Bender with assistant directors Laurel Wenson, Anthony Vonelli and Sarah Tomlinson. The film was edited by Kyle Mahaney, Becca Tomlinson and Sarah Tomlinson with the help of Graham Vasquez, Anthony Vonelli, Matthew Buonanno, Laurel Wenson, Emily Fantauzzo, and Alex Brown. Original music composed by Graham Vasquez with graphics created by Chris Vasquez.

Out of Sight is scheduled for a limited theatrical release in June 2015 with early festival screenings to be announced.

The preview is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPux2CTRRQL

More information and resources can be found at: http://outofsightdocumentary.com

Complete Press Kit Available at: http://outofsightdocumentary.com/presskit.zip
Out of Sight Documentary
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