During the COVID-19 epidemic, mental health has become a more important topic than ever before as people break away from their loved ones and the activities that make them happy. But this is far from the first time mental health was a major discussion, as colleges have been dealing with this issue for years.
In the rest of us, Directed by Linda G. Mills, a group of students attending the fictional Blair University are trying to combat a major mental health crisis on campus. Following the suicide deaths of several students, the campus has been shaken by the events. But these tragic deaths lead to the rise of a diverse group to fight the stigma of mental health on their campus.
We talked with Linda G. Mills about directing the rest of us And what attracted him to such an emotional story. You can read the complete interview below.
Tell us about your journey in filmmaking. What did you do before working in the film?
I focus on subjects where I think my voice can make a difference. In addition to being a filmmaker, I am a faculty member at NYU. For the past 20 years, my scholarly work has focused on trauma, suicide prevention and domestic violence.
Was there a particular film or TV show that inspired you to become a filmmaker?
So many! Rashomon (See additional selection below).
What was the first project you worked on so far, and what did you learn from the experience
I brought a camera for a family story, thinking that I wanted to preserve the “record” for generations to come. The cameras were rolling when we found out what a “cover up” feels like. It became clear that I had to teach myself filmmaking to tell this important story.
What are five movies that you think everyone should watch in their lifetime?
Talk us through your creative process.
My creative process often starts with the idea of what I think is saying “need”. The interesting thing about the creative process is that as the process unfolds, its ideas change. You think you want to say one thing, and over time, effort, and perhaps most importantly – input – that message crystallizes, becomes clear – and changes. The creative process is never a straight line!
Who are your current influences?
I have had the privilege of getting to know many emerging filmmakers at NYU, through a storytelling incubator that I helped create, called the NYU Production Lab. Kathy Yan, Michael Larnell, among others, have provided tremendous inspiration over the years. This is an exciting time in filmmaking given the tectonic changes.
Do you listen to any special music to help you make?
I need silence to think and create!
Do you have any experience with mentors? If so, do you recommend them for up-and-coming filmmakers?
Surround yourself with a truly diverse team of people you respect and appreciate, but there are also people who will be honest with you about your work.
What is your favorite part of the filmmaking process?
I love creating the story by editing it. It is always gratifying to reshape the story in ways you did not expect in the beginning. Also, music always elevates a film – it is a surprising and integral part of the creative process.
How did you join the rest of usThe
Mental health and resilience have been the focus of my scholarly work for many years. I knew that I wanted to tell a story that had not been told before – one that captured two themes – first, mental health affects everyone and second, that humans are resilient even in the most difficult of circumstances.
To do this authentically, we brought together a group of activists and actors from various backgrounds who worked on mental health issues and who could help shape a story about college students , Who were left behind after suicide on campus. (Hence, the title, the rest of us)
Ricardo Perez González, an expert on a process called “dividing”, among other things, involved these activists and actors to make the film’s story. Laura Moss and Ricardo then wrote the screenplay from these finished sessions. What a talented couple.
How was your work experience the rest of usThe
Remarkable! Difficult! Motivational! I am thrilled that we are finally seeing the fruits of our collective labor during Mental Health Awareness Month and after one year + of COVID. Release time the rest of us Can not be more perfect.
We, as a nation, need to deal with the consequences of COVID and many other issues facing this country. We need to focus on the weak. have hope, the rest of us This can help inspire focused attention.
During filming on set the rest of us, You have worn many hats. How did you handle so many responsibilities?
This is filmmaking – you jump wherever you need to.
the rest of us You first directed a full-length feature. How did it differ from your previous projects?
I made two feature length documentaries (Of withersen, till we meet again And Out of many, then and now) But this was my first fiction feature working with actors. It was very exciting (and different) to honor the creative process of the artists and what they bring to the set.
Everyone is working the rest of us Believed in its purpose and shared the important goal of supporting the mental health of youth. We must listen to this generation to understand how we can collectively meet their needs.
What do you expect from the audience the rest of usThe
Quite deliberately, the rest of us Focuses on life – how we create resilience among people who are exposed to catastrophic losses. Preventing suicide and being there for “backward” people are two additional themes in this film.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I am currently writing a non-fiction book. I hope that the story will be my next film.
Can you ever see yourself writing your own screenplay?
Maybe. The filmmakers I meet today are often writing their own stories or stories that touch them personally. This is inspiring – the story you need to tell from the story you think about yourself is also really difficult to solve.
What advice do you have for upcoming filmmakers?
Keep going – there are a million failures, unpredictable roads and challenges. Go ahead and don’t get distracted by obstacles. No Yes is an invitation.
What have been your biggest successes and failures so far?
Success: I was really surprised to pay attention to our film, Out of many, then and now, Received. After a spectacular film festival going on all over the world, it was screened on ABC and watched by over 8 million people!
Failure: Trying to get a stage attention for a film ahead of its time. We just keep it going – its time will come!
If a director can direct the story of your life, whom would you choose and why?
Now this is a difficult question. Margreta comes to von Trotta’s mind.
If you could watch only one movie for a lifetime, what would you choose and why?
I want funny – a comedy, and lots of it. Comedy Channel?
What’s next for you on the docket?
A book. I am excited to explore this medium again.