Issues surrounding mental health in America are still lacking proper representation and widespread discussion. The annual Reel Mind Theatre and Film Series addresses a spectrum of mental illness and the various ways it impacts individuals, families, and our wider culture, while providing a message of hope.
The series' 8th season kicks off this week with an art exhibit and film screening on Tuesday, May 17, at the Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Avenue). The evening begins at 6 p.m. in the gallery's atrium with "Breaking Silence," the 5th annual exhibit of artwork by mental health consumers, organized by the Mental Health Association's Creative Wellness Opportunities. The documentary "Turning the Art World Inside Out," about "Outsider Art" and its visionary creators, will be screened at 7 p.m., and is followed by a Q&A.
The series continues with screenings of "Planet Asperger" on Tuesday, May 31; "Hollywood Beauty Salon" on June 14; and "Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw" on June 28. Each of the screenings (except this week's) will take place at the Cinema Theatre (957 South Clinton Avenue) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 per event, or $28 for the series, and may be purchased online at reelmindfilmfest.org, or in person at NAMI-Rochester (320 North Goodman Street). More details about the series are available on the web or by calling 444-3664.