IU Cinema Series: Real Lives in Mental Health and Mental Illness

IU Cinema
1213 E 7th St
Bloomington, IN 47405

Since 2013, IU Cinema has partnered with Bring Change 2 Mind—Glenn Close’s not-for-profit organization—and U Bring Change 2 Mind (Bring Change 2 Mind’s national college program, piloted here at IU) to end mental-illness stigma by starting conversations. Film provides an essential part of that conversation by enabling others to see and understand challenges, opportunities, and societal responses to mental illness. Yet, films have too often focused on mental illness to explain everything from genius to homicidal infamy with little regard to what individuals, families, science and society tells us. The films in this year’s series do what few do—portray the realities of living with mental illness. This partnership is supported through IU Cinema’s Creative Collaborations program.

This series is sponsored by U Bring Change 2 Mind (UBC2M), Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research, and IU Cinema.

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Love & Mercy

09/25/2017 — 7pm 

Chronicling the life of Brian Wilson, creative genius behind the rock ‘n’ roll group The Beach Boys, this film also documents the inability of individuals to recognize or talk about mental health, the struggles of people with depression, and the primitive level of care in the 1960s. Nominated for two Golden Globe® awards and awards from more than 50 critics and film festivals, the actors—Paul Dano (as the younger Wilson), John Cusack (as the older Wilson), and Paul Giamatti as the “therapist”—are extraordinary. 

Summed up by critic Mark Hughes: “So many films attempt to portray mental illness and genius as if they are in a symbiotic relationship. Such romanticized, excessively sentimental depictions of artists/geniuses with mental illness end up dehumanizing the characters and transforming their pain and suffering into a supposedly beautiful ‘price’ they pay in order for the world to benefit via artistic express of their illness … [Love & Mercy] transcends such trite and inaccurate portrayals.” (2K DCP Presentation)

Rock Historian and IU Provost Professor of Music Glenn Gass is scheduled to be present.

Infinitely Polar Bear

10/03/2017 – 7pm 

Infinitely Polar Bear chronicles efforts by a man with bi-polar disorder to manage his illness and be a responsible parent to two young girls. 

Based in part on the director’s real life experiences, Infinitely Polar Bear documents Cam (Mark Ruffalo) returning home from a halfway house as Maggie (Zoe Saldana) moves to New York City for business school. 

This film was nominated for a Golden Globe® (Best Actor) as well as awards from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Black Reel Awards, Image Awards, and Sundance Film Festival. Critic David Bradley describes it as “very moving ... [with] … great compassion for Cameron, without turning him into some sort of saint or excusing him for his recklessness.” Contains strong language. (2K DCP Presentation)