AWI Sanctuary Space presents: “Sticks and Stones” Watch Party

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

Join us for a virtual watch party and filmmaker Q&A as we screen and celebrate our January 2022 short film competition winner: “Sticks and Stones”.

About the film:
An unexpected and violent event changes the course of a young man’s life as he realizes he is not the person he wishes to be. Through therapy and meditative drawing, he learns to identify the differences between anxiety and depression and the toxic masculinity that haunted his childhood.

Watch replay / interactive presentation:

Featured National Resources:

Crisis Text Line
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trans Lifeline
The Trevor Project
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)
Black Mental Health Alliance

Art With Impact Resources:
5 Powerful Quotes about PTSD
About Trauma & PTSD

Special Guest Filmmakers:
Bill Doan (Creator)

Cynthia White (Director)

Alexander S. White (Animator)

Tara Caimi (Script Supervisor)

Richard Biever (Composer)


Date:January 11, 2022
Time:12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Workshop Evaluation

100% of participants felt the event created awareness of mental health issues
100% of participants made a meaningful connection with other people
My biggest takeaway was a deeper understanding of anxiety and depression from my childhood. "
-–Sanctuary Space attendee

Films Screened

Films screened and discussed at this workshop

Sticks and Stones
View Film Library


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.