AWI Short Film Competition

Visualizing Lies

Visualizing Lies is a visual poem attacking the difficult topics of depression, anxiety, and overall mental health. The filmmaker’s goals were to help break mental health stigma within their community and shine a light on the experience beneath a ‘high functioning’ exterior.

Content heads up: depiction of depression and anxiety

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Director: Justin Michael Jeffers & Devonnie A. Black

Devonnie A. Black is a 28 year old Jamaica-born, New York-raised storyteller. She loves telling stories and sharing experiences, and wrote the poem featured in the film as well as acted in it. Devonnie pursued a Theatre and Performance degree and graduated in 2012 from SUNY Purchase College. Currently living in Seattle, she is inspired by real life situations and transforming everyday experiences into a narrative that can be performed theatrically. Justin Michael Jeffers is a 27 year old, multi-medium visual artist, also residing in Seattle. Currently paving his own lane as a freelance Director/Editor, Justin strives to tell stories that fully reflect his culture & community. After receiving a degree in Digital Arts from The University of Oregon in 2016, Justin now uses his years of experience with film and photography to create his own unique style in an industry that is constantly evolving.

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Anxiety is the most common mental illness out there, and it takes a lot of different forms. Experiencing some level of anxiety is a normal...


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 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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