The OLIVE Film Collection

OLIVE stands for the Online Library of Interactive Video and Engagement and is the world’s most diverse collection of short films about mental health issues. The library grows each month through our monthly short film competition, and each year through our Voices With Impact short film production grants.

We share these films as educational resources. As works of art, they can elicit strong responses. Please take care of yourself while watching these films! We’ve created these guides as resources for you when watching the OLIVE films alone, with friends, with your children and/or with your students. These films are intended for personal viewing or facilitation in small groups. If you want to use these in more structured programs, please fill out this form for official use.

Tips and Guidelines for Watching OLIVE Alone or With Friends

Tips and Guidelines for Watching OLIVE With Your Students or Children

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LETTERS:  transformations “Shawn’s Ode to Music”
Mar
2021
Shawn Tallet is a talented guitarist from Austin, Texas. This is a quick exploration of his creativity and his battle with Anxiety and Major Depressive Disorder, a part of a poetic documentary about the powerful transformations of mental illness into...
XIETY
Jan
2021
XIETY
XIETY explores the ways anxiety may feel for those who suffer from it through a visual journey in Val's mind- XIETY. Val struggles to stay mentally present during a night out with friends. What may seem like a simple, fun, and relaxing night for othe...
1-800-656-4673
Oct
2020
1-800-656-4673
What does it take to reach out for help? "1-800-656-4673" explores this question by giving viewers a four-and-a-half minute peek into the digital life of one college student. In a world where we're always connected to other people through phone and v...
Factory Talk
Aug
2020
Factory Talk
Factory Talk is an intergenerational conversation about identity, sexuality and masculinity in a rural factory. Through the clanging of metal they make small talk, but as the gripes and grumbles testify to better times, the questions rising on the fa...
Fighter
Aug
2020
Fighter
Fighter asks the tough, awkward, and infrequent questions about mental health to three generations of firefighters. Home movies and impromptu conversations are woven into interviews in this deeply personal reflection on intergenerational connection, ...
Staging Face
Aug
2020
Staging Face
Under the spotlight, in front of a crowded room, drag performers are given permission to share our most authentic selves with almost certain acceptance. When the show is over and we leave our safe spaces, how do we cope with the realities of a less-t...
The Rest is Flowers
Aug
2020
The Rest is Flowers
When his best friend, Harry, is killed in a homophobic attack, a grief-stricken, closeted Jimmy prepares to give the eulogy at his funeral. This is his last chance to admit the true depth of his feelings for Harry and face up to the fact that today h...
The Side Effects of Normal
Aug
2020
An intersex person who was born with genital differences and was forced to undergo a genital “normalizing” surgery that they did not consent to as a child. As a result of medical trauma, they struggle with PTSD, dysphoria and dissociation as an a...
The Beautiful Black Man
Aug
2020
Content heads up: racism, internalized stigma, depiction of self harm, images of slavery
Continue to Live
Aug
2020
Continue to Live
The story of a majestic trans masculine being surviving and thriving. Gabriel's journey highlights the physical and personal challenges that make it difficult to exist. Through music and buddhism, Gabriel heals his soul and energy. While carrying emo...
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