Vancouver Filmmakers hit the New York Film Festival

A unique group of young, hardworking filmmakers have a fiery passion to create and share art. From writers to actors, producers, and directors, these graduates from Langara’s Film Arts Program produced a striking film that spreads awareness about mental health and depression. (Again, With Feeling Teaser)

A nine minute film, the New York Mental Health Film Festival has recognized the 19 year old director, Max Blanche, with the Changing Minds Young Filmmaker Competition Award. This category notices those with films with a length of 10 minute or less focusing on mental health issues affecting young people. Again, With Feeling follows an autobiography of a sweet, thoughtful and unique teen. Vancouver’s Jarod Kaplan plays the lead, Cody, alongside three other actors. Cody attempts to figure out how to engage with the world while dealing with his depression.

Writer and Blanche’s roommate Tyler Gilbert, 23, mentions “for this film I wanted to try and represent that experience [mental health]. Some of the icky aspects of it and also the positive stuff that comes out of support from professionals and the community and all that good stuff.”

Shot over four days, the film avoids the stereotypes of mental health, but rather offers a broader vision of the community. The screening will take place October 14, 2017 at the NYC Film Festival and Blanche will receive his award the following night.

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