We’re Thrilled to Bring You Powerful Stories, Powerfully Told
As we face a world increasingly distressed and divided, it’s more timely than ever to recognize loneliness and isolation as a critical public health concern. The statistics are alarming:
- 65% of us will be affected at some point,
- 35% say they are lonely right now,
- and loneliness has the mortality equivalent of smoking 15 cigarettes per day.
The Foundation has been exploring the impact of creative expression on reducing the burden of loneliness for those most significantly affected by our UnLonely Project. Now, as we launch our second UnLonely Film Festival, we’re making powerful storytelling accessible anywhere— from the living room to the lunchroom, to the classroom. Our goal is to provoke ideas, thoughts, and feelings, while ultimately accelerating authentic and sustained connection through personal and social dialog.
We are delighted that you can be with us on this timely journey to creatively connect!
Our Behind-the-Scenes Crew
“Storytelling for me is more than a business. I have seen just how powerful the sharing of stories about the human condition can be in the process of healing and connecting people. That’s why I am delighted to be part of this unique and timely Film Festival. It was hard to select winners from the wonderful group of films and filmmakers so I encourage everyone to have a look at all the Festival films online.”
Michael Paseornek is the Principal Juror of the UnLonely Film Festival has been President of Motion Picture Production at Lionsgate since the Company’s inception in 1997. In addition to being a key member of the senior management team that has guided Lionsgate from a startup into a global content leader, Paseornek has overseen the production of over 200 films including the Hunger Games franchise and acclaimed films like LaLa Land, which received a record 14 Oscar nominations.
“Loneliness and isolation have been subjects of art in every medium — since cave drawings, if not before. But film has a unique way of immersing us in these challenging moments, and then magically zooming out to provide a needed, often comforting, perspective. The talented filmmakers on view here bring into focus diverse, surprisingly rich, lyrical, and even laugh out loud views of ourselves, even in difficult times. It has been a privilege to curate and share these works to further the Foundation’s mission.”
Elly Meeks has worked in the arts and nonprofit sectors in innovative project development and as a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and television programmer. Recent projects include piloting a grant-funded initiative introducing 3D-printed prosthetics to Haiti and developing creative outreach strategies for artist entrepreneurs and educational and social services organizations.
- Vivian C.R. James, Director of Administration
- Maddy Foley, Program Assistant
- Sondra Forsyth, Writer
- Rebecca Goyette, Arts Educator
- Amy Powers, Social Media Manager
- Amy Poueymirou, Arts Educator
- Emily Sasser, Associate Conference Producer
- Jennifer Weiss, Program Coordinator
Film Festival Advisors
- Lois Drapin
- Kira McCarthy
- Mike Paseornek
- Jason Schuler
Board of Directors
- Rose Higgins
- Marc Lieberstein
- Michael Monson
- Robert Murphy
- Deborah Obali
- Michael Sturmer
- John Zweig
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