AWI Sanctuary Space presents: Documentary Filmmaking as a Superpower

An ongoing Continued Connections program that creates virtual spaces for people to connect at the intersection of art and mental health.

Are you interested in learning about documentary filmmaking as a way to tell a story about mental health and processing a challenging time? 

This is a post-event highlight page for “Documentary Filmmaking as a Superpower” a virtual Sanctuary Space event hosted on September 29, 2022 by Art With Impact with special guest Rebecca St. John, Youth Documentary Academy (YDA) alumni and the filmmaker of “Rock Bottom” (2015). Together we explored leaning into documentary filmmaking as a way to turn challenging times and traumas into ‘superpowers’ by processing and owning our stories and took part in a collective story arc writing activity.

PLAY: interactive event recording + presentation:

Watch Rock Bottom (2015) by Rebecca St. John:


Recommended Resources from Rebecca St. John (Colorado-based):

Inside Out Youth Services
Planned Parenthood – Rocky Mountains

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Planned Parenthood
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance
Learn how to support someone else’s mental health: Be There Certificate


Date:September 29, 2022
Time:12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Workshop Evaluation

94% of participants felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
81% of participants gained new tools to support their own wellness
94% participants made a meaningful connection with other people
I learned documentary film doesn’t have to be about something complicated–it can be about ourselves and our lives. "
-Sanctuary Space attendee


Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission The MHSOAC provides vision and leadership, in collaboration with clients, their family members, and underserved communities, to ensure Californians understand mental health is essential to overall health. MHSOAC holds public mental health systems accountable, provides oversight for eliminating disparities; promotes wellness, recovery and resiliency; and ensures positive outcomes for individuals living with serious mental illness and their families.