Follow the five steps below to get the most out of your UnLonely Film Festival experience!
Step 1: Watch the film.
The simple exchange of a letter and a phone call reveal how family members, of different generations, stay in touch, support each other and remind themselves that they are not alone.
About the FIlmmaker
Amanda Lipp is a social entrepreneur, filmmaker, and speaker passionate about mental health, storytelling, and social change. She is founder and CEO of The Giving Gallery, an online art gallery supporting mental health non-profits and serves as a board member for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest grassroots mental health agency in the country. Signature media-education projects of her company Lipp Studios include a documentary series about youth psychosis with Columbia University; comic book resources about education rehabilitation with Felton Institute of San Francisco; and national training for President Obama’s Now Is The Time (NITT) federal grantees.
Step 2: Explore these things after watching the film.
- Does the film bring to mind a relationship in your life? Is there someone in your family or in your circle of friends who play the role of ‘connector,’ bringing people together? How do you acknowledge your appreciation of their role?
- When was the last time you received a letter from a friend or family member? Do you remember how you felt when you received it? When was the last time you sent a letter to a friend or family member?
- Did the grandmother’s anticipation of the paperboy remind you of a similar relationship from your life? Do you have a person in your day-to-day that you look forward to greeting or to meeting them with a smile? Do you know their name?
- Draw a map of your support network. Create an artistic and creative flow chart of your community by representing the people who support you and the people you support. Using whatever colorful drawing implements you prefer, map out and visualize the people who mean the most to you in whatever way makes sense. Also, consider representing the connections amongst your network that doesn’t involve you as a way to reflect its complexity.
- Make Mail Art: In the vein of Ray Johnson, turn your envelopes and postcards into art by adding sketches, poems, and ephemera from your day into an instant and personal collage. Not only is it a gift for your friend or family member, but it might inspire a postal worker as well.
- Find a pen pal: Renew an old connection by writing to an out-of-touch friend or family member and invite them to correspond with you. Alternatively, make a new connection by using such a service as penpalsforseniors.org, or one like it, to spark a new friendship.
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Step 3: Join in the conversation about the film.
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