From TMI Project & the Mental Health Association of Ulster County: Vicarious Resilience, a documentary short film which follows three Hudson Valley residents over the course of a 10-week TMI Project storytelling workshop at the MHA in Ulster County. Featuring Morris Bassik, Barbara Stemke and Hayley Downs. Vicarious Resilience – coming soon.
RELEASE DATE: 2018
Filmed and produced by Northguild Production
Since 2012, twice a year, TMI Project has offered 10-week memoir writing and true storytelling workshops specially tailored to meet the needs of the Mental Health Association of Ulster County’s (MHA) population of adults with mental illness. A number of recent studies suggest that writing and sharing stories of trauma can be therapeutic. TMI Project uses writing prompts and other writing exercises designed to help participants consider their stories from new perspectives, helping them to understand them differently and move beyond them. Our partnership with this peer-based organization–where a portion of the staff are people who have recovered from mental illness–is designed to help destigmatize mental illness, while also empowering participants to imagine and work toward the possibility of their own recovery.
In 2016, a documentary about this partnership, entitled Vicarious Resilience, was shot by North Guild Films, and will be released in 2018. Vicarious Resilience follows eight participants as they go through the TMI Project true storytelling and memoir development workshop, from the first session, where many expressed doubts and trepidation, to the final storytelling performance before an audience of over 100, and a final follow-up session where they voiced the ways in which they experienced positive transformation.
This short documentary highlights the experience of three participants, Morris Bassik, Barbara Stemke and Hayley Downs.
ABOUT TMI PROJECT:
TMI Project envisions a world where true storytelling is an agent of change; where, through the sharing of radically candid, true, personal narratives, everyone—storytellers and listeners alike—can become empowered, release shame and stigma, and replace old understandings with new ones. We aspire to engender compassion, understanding and public awareness. We aim to incite social, legal, and political change by providing participants the skills needed to be captivating storytellers, and by amplifying the voices of populations whose stories often go unheard.
TMI Project storytellers become agents of change for social justice movement building by bravely and candidly sharing the “too much information” parts of their stories, the parts they usually leave out because they’re too ashamed or embarrassed.
Since its founding 2010, TMI Project has led approximately 70 workshops and staged performances by more than 1,500 participants, which have been presented to audiences of nearly 50,000 people in schools, colleges, prisons, mental health clinics, theaters, community centers, and the United Nations.
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