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UnLonely Film Festival

Festival Guide

ABOUT THE UNLONELY FILM FESTIVAL

Welcome to the UnLonely Film Festival! Our goal with this film festival is to provide a sense of “connectedness” between you, the filmmaker, and others viewing the films.

This is a core principle of our work at The UnLonely Project, which is a signature initiative by the Foundation for Art & Healing. The mission of the Foundation for Art & Healing is to promote creative arts expression as a means to improve health and well-being for individuals and communities.

Thanks for visiting – we hope whatever you discover you will share with a friend. After all, connecting with others through creative expression is what our UnLonely community is all about.

HOW TO

Best Enjoy the Film Festival Experience

DID YOU KNOW...

Did you know that watching one of our short films is only 20 percent of the film festival experience? There’s much more to explore…

 

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WATCH A SHORT FILM

Of course, it starts here! Select a short film from one of our categories, but don’t stop there…

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WATCH THE FOLLOW-UP VIDEO

On each film page, you’ll find an accompanying video in which we share thoughts and questions to help you reflect back on the story.

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DO THE CREATIVE EXERCISE

We’ve paired each film with a creative expression exercise to help you connect further with the film’s meaning.

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jOIN THE CONVERSATION

Each film has a section where you can share comments and questions. Join in, then share your thoughts about the film on social media, too!

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JOIN OUR FILM CLUB

Scroll down to join our Film Club, where you’ll get films delivered right to your inbox every Friday and be the first to hear about film fest news and updates.

NAVIGATING THE EXPERIENCE

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Watch this video for a guided overview to help navigate your UnLonely Film Festival experience.

Pick a Film to Watch:

A New Man
A New Man
After his wife leaves him, Charles begins to assume the identities of strangers at a local coffee shop to avoid being alone.
Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s
As her husband Walter shows increasing signs of severe mental illness, Nancy fights to hold on to the memory of their marriage.
Arlo Alone
Arlo Alone
Arlo comes to terms with her own loneliness in a world where in-person contact has become a rarity.
Black Swell
Black Swell
A man confronts past and present pains in a motel room.
Bob & Dale
Bob & Dale
An elderly gay couple living in the Rocky Mountains find a deeper love in the face of dementia.
Burton Before and After
Burton Before and After
Fifteen years after Burton’s transition, his friend uncovers a cache of video and invites him to revisit the old footage.
Carlotta's Face
Carlotta’s Face
Through art, Carlotta overcomes a rare brain condition that prevents her from recognizing faces.
Cigarette Candy
Cigarette Candy
A traumatized teenage Marine is forced to play the role of 'the hero' at his homecoming party.
Cycle
Cycle
A man and a woman are surrounded by the overwhelming noise of electronics and consumerism.
Elgin Park
Elgin Park
A look into the life of a reclusive artist turned viral sensation.
Fear of the Unknown
Fear of the Unknown
The story of a man working to overcome depression and see the world with less fear.
Girls Who Drink
Girls Who Drink
Three young women endure a destructive relationship with alcohol.
Happiness Tastes Like Orange Juice
Happiness Tastes Like Orange Juice
A young South Asian man navigates growing up under the shadow of a heavy secret.
Holding
Holding
When put on hold by a suicide hotline, Nick finds surprising support from his neighbor.
I Don't Make The Rules
I Don’t Make The Rules
An ex-pro football player struggles to survive on odd jobs.
Irregulars
Irregulars
Ever year, 400,000 people flee Africa, Asia and the Middle East by boat, in search of new lives.
Jamaal: Through the Lens
Jamaal: Through the Lens
A young man from the South Bronx discovers photography as his way to transcend his past.
Marguerite
Marguerite
Marguerite and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to make peace with the past.
One Day At A Time
One Day At A Time
An ex-homeless man reflects on the changes he has made as a recovering alcoholic.
Perfectly Normal
Perfectly Normal
A high-functioning autistic man balances reality with his imaginary world.
Pet Therapy
Pet Therapy
A Zimbabwean-born animal advocate shares the power of the human-dog connection.
Sand Men
Sand Men
Three Romanian immigrants in London try to survive by creating sand sculptures.
Share
Share
An 18-year-old Instagrammer attempts to reconcile his online and offline identities.
Signs
Signs
A teenage caregiver comes to terms with the responsibility of looking after her family.
Sister Hearts
Sister Hearts
After spending years in prison, Maryam Henderson-Uloho dedicates her life to empowering women.
sometimes, i think about dying
sometimes, i think about dying
Fran is thinking about dying, while a man in her office tries to court her.
Sundays
Sundays
Every Sunday, a group of sober skaters get together in Venice, CA to ride - wild and free.
Surrender
Surrender
Milton journeys in search of peace.
Thank You for Taking Care of Me
Thank You for Taking Care of Me
Two children float in space, thankful.
The Motions
The Motions
Mara struggles to balance caring for her husband while working as a paramedic.
The Stained Club
The Stained Club
Finn, who has stains on his skin, meets a group of cool kids who are also "stained."
The Things You Think I'm Thinking
The Things You Think I’m Thinking
A gay burn-survivor and amputee goes on a date with a regularly-abled man.
Thomas Bennett
Thomas Bennett
An intimate portrait of a 57 year-old veteran who lives on the fringes of society.
TIM (The Invisible Me)
TIM (The Invisible Me)
An insecure student with a crippling crush finds the courage to be seen.
Welcome to the Last Book Store
Welcome to the Last Book Store
Battling against many challenges, Josh Spencer opens “The Last Bookstore.”
Why We Are All Addicts
Why We Are All Addicts
An animation talking about addiction by The School of Life.

Stay Connected

Join our Film Club

Join our Film Club, and every Friday you’ll get our Featured Film delivered right to your inbox. Watch the film then join in the conversation to share your thoughts and chime in on other comments. We’ll be tossing in a few surprises along the way, too. It’s an easy way to connect, and that’s what the UnLonely Project is all about!

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ABOUT THE UNLONELY PROJECT

The UnLonely Project broadens public awareness of the negative physical and mental health consequences of loneliness while also promoting creative arts-based approaches to reduce the burden. Click here for mental health resources.

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