NAMI Reel Minds Miami Mental Health Film Festival 5/19/19

NAMI Reel Minds Miami Mental Health Film Festival
Sunday, 05/19/2019 – 05/19/2019 02:00 pm – 05:00 pm
Donna Shalala Center
1330 Miller Dr.,
Miami, Florida 33146
Cost: $10

NAMI Miami-Dade County expects to attract thousands of people and seat close to 800 people at the 4th Annual Reel Minds Miami Mental Health Film Festival at the University of Miami’s Donna E. Shalala Center on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. This year’s festival will showcase six short films. The narratives behind these films will share a range of life experiences meant to inspire, heal, and empower people. Following each short film, an individual with a lived experience of a mental health challenge will speak on the films’ topic for a few minutes providing further insight about the message behind each film.

This year’s lineup is comprised of films from a variety of talented directors, including a member of the International Cinematographers Guild, a multi-award-winning actor and Navy Veteran, and an award-winning filmmaker. The six films were chosen out of almost 200 submissions based on their compelling storytelling and way of educating and dispelling the myth behind mental illness. Submitted films were judged by film makers, clinicians, high school and college students, individuals with mental illness and their family members.

The 2019 lineup includes Terms of Us by director, writer, producer Roberto Sanchez, a Cuban born, Miami raised Navy Veteran who has a recurring role on Queen of the South. Additionally, Roberto will be speaking at the festival; Baby Steps from Los Angeles director, Eric Dyson; Misdirection by Carly Usdin, a University of Central Florida graduate with Miami ties, now an award-winning filmmaker based in Los Angeles; Reverie by Nick Markham; Saving Billy by Vickie Adams; and UkeLayla, directed and produced by a team of recent Miamians and graduates from the University of Central Florida.

“Films are a compelling storytelling form that connects with our deepest sensibilities, and research suggests that film festivals have a positive impact on stigma and recovery in mental illness. That’s why for the fourth consecutive year, NAMI Miami-Dade is showcasing a curated list of short films inspired by the lives of those who have been affected by mental illness,” says Kathryn Coppola, Executive Director at NAMI Miami. “Together, we can spark the awareness that makes the difference in our society.” NAMI Miami’s goal is to “end the silence” and to start the conversation about mental health proving that recovery is possible.

Sunday, May 19, 2019
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Donna E. Shalala Center – Grand Ballroom
1330 Miller Dr, Miami, FL 33146

Individual ticket – $10
Family of 4 (2 adults and 2 children 18 & under) – $25
Scholarship tickets are available for those who can’t afford them. To obtain a scholarship ticket, please call 305-665-2540.

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Pay to Park is available at the UM parking garages and parking lots at $1.50/hr., maximum $8. Purple Parking lot located at 5424 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 and Pavia Parking Garage, located at 5615 Pavia Street, Coral Gables, FL 33146.

Since its inception in 1979, NAMI (National) has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment and unceasing belief in the NAMI’s mission have produced profound changes in awareness. NAMI has been the driving force behind a national investment in lifesaving research, parity for mental health care, increased housing and to ensure that treatments and services are available to those in need when they need them most. NAMI awareness efforts have successfully addressed the stigma of mental illness, ensuring the decrease of barriers to treatment and recovery. NAMI’s Programs have served as a beacon of hope for hundreds of thousands of individuals and their loved ones. All Programs are free and open to the community and include: Support Groups, an Advocacy Coalition, Peer-to-Peer recovery focused educational program for individuals living with a mental health condition; Family-to Family, an education program for family, caregivers and friends of individuals living with a mental health condition; and NAMI’s newest program, Ending the Silence, and education and prevention multi-media program designed for youth, school staff and parents.

Three year’s ago, new leadership re-vitalized the Miami-Dade affiliate. Since then, NAMI Miami-Dade has grown tremendously providing mental health support and services throughout Miami-Dade County. See more at or contact via phone and email at: 305-665-2540 and

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