Unheard Voices: Screening and Potluck Event 11/20

A free short film screening & potluck event

DATE: Tuesday, November 20
TIME: 3:00-6:00pm
LOCATION: Engineering 285/287, San Jose State University

Take a break from writing your research paper and join us for an afternoon of short films and food. Meet other social work students and bring a dish to share! Please RSVP to swgsa.sjsu@gmail.com and let us know what you can contribute to the potluck.

Unheard Voices is a series of short, digital stories that intersect art, film, social work, and other media & disciplines in order to provide an alternate, more humane voice to consumers of mental health services. Q&A with Phillip Cha (filmmaker and Case Manager at Citywide Focus Center) and possibly one or two consumers who are featured in the film.

The Digital Storytelling Project was launched in February 2009 at Citywide Focus Center (http://www.cw-cf.org/), an outpatient mental health clinic in San Francisco affiliated with the UCSF/SFGH Department of Psychiatry. The Digital Storytelling Project, which is now a subset of the newly named Intermedia Arts Project, is an open-ended, collaborative project that brings together local artists/filmmakers and consumers of mental health services at Citywide Focus Center to create short, digital stories that reflect the voices of those who are often ignored or misunderstood. The Intermedia Arts Project seeks to inspire, provoke, question, and challenge our established practices and institutions while simultaneously promoting interdisciplinary and collaborative effort to produce works of art that are healing, ethical, and beautiful.

While the process of making and screening the video can be both therapeutic and rewarding, the project does not stop there. It offers opportunities for clients to showcase their works and to talk about their story long after the initial screening at the annual film festival. By exhibiting their work and speaking on panels at various venues such as schools, universities, conferences, and other agencies, clients will be empowered to fight stigma and to have their voices heard by the community on an ongoing basis.

For more information, email swgsa.sjsu@gmail.com or find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SJSU.SWGSA

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