Film Festival partners with Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley for special event
Sedona AZ (September 19, 2016) – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley to present the Northern Arizona premiere of the multiple award-winning film “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” showing Monday, Sept. 26. There will be one show only at 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The film screening will be followed by a discussion.
Directed by James Redford, “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” chronicles the birth of a new movement among pediatricians, therapists, educators and communities, who are using cutting-edge brain science to disrupt cycles of violence, addiction and disease.
The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. “Resilience” is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress.
Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior. However, as experts and practitioners profiled in “Resilience” are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they’re using cutting edge science to help the next generation break the cycles of adversity and disease.
“Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” uses beautiful animation and compelling characters to explore the science and the solutions. The film follows pioneering individuals who looked at the ACES research and the emerging science of toxic stress and asked, “Why are we waiting?” Each took this new information and used it in new ways.
The film chronicles the promising beginnings of a national movement to prevent childhood trauma, treat toxic stress, and greatly improve the health of future generations.
“Resilience” will be preceded by a screening of the award-winning short film “The Holistic Life Foundation: Breathing Love Into a Community”. It recently won the Audience Choice Award at the Illuminate Film Festival here in Sedona earlier this year. The film portrays the work of the three founders of the Holistic Life Institute, who have dedicated their lives to bringing the benefits of mindfulness and meditation to the inner-city neighborhood in Baltimore where two of the founders were born and raised.
“Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” will show at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.