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AWI Short Film Competition

Stigma

Stephen Davis and Emma Richard describe their deep struggles with mental illness. The two of them dive into their feelings, with a goal to be heard and to help others overcome. This film covers Depression, Suicide, Bipolar Disorder, and the stigma surrounding mental illness as a whole.

Content Heads Up: depictions and interpretations of depression and bipolar disorder, suicidal ideation, straitjacket imagery

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Director: Cheyanne Glazier

Cheyanne Glazier (she/her) is a filmmaker based in Peoria, Arizona. She was into musical activities until about 9 years of age when she started becoming interested in digital media. She had a rise in appreciation for video games, movies, and television shows. Around the age of 10, she began to play with editing software, discovering a newfound passion. After creating personal video edits for many years, she started to envision that this could be a career path for her. At 17 years old, she started attending Huntington University in Peoria, Arizona. Here, she realized that she truly had a talent for what she was doing and decided to take that extra leap of faith. She became interested in editing, cinematography, and gaffing, specifically. She also discovered what was truly important in life, her relationship with God and her relationships with others taking the forefront. Additionally, she has shown herself to be incredibly dedicated and has a big heart for others. She has now been nominated for 4 student Emmy awards in college, specifically, College Audio, College Editing, Short Non-Fiction, and 3D Design/Animation. She has also won 7 other awards through various film festivals for her work, including Best Editing from the “Hollywood Gold Awards”, “FilmCon Awards”, and “Art Film Awards”, as well as Best Female Filmmaker from the “Imagine Rain Film Festival”. Cheyanne's overall goal is to bring her talents to others and tell their unique stories in the most genuine way possible.

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Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder causes unusual changes in mood and behavior. While everyone has natural highs and lows, with bipolar disorder the highs and lows are extreme,...

Depression

Depression causes severe, negative changes in the way you think and feel which makes it difficult to manage day-to-day tasks and activities such working, sleeping,...

Stigma

Stigma is: Always untrue Always negative Can be felt toward yourself Stigma around mental illness includes having fixed ideas and judgments about mental illness and/or...

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