A wonderful article from The Seattle Times about the three films in our Mental Health Trilogy - Angst, LIKE and The Upstanders; how they each came about, and what their global impact has been.
The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Ty Burrell about his passion for how 'KITS' transforms young foster lives, as well as the amazing students that he gets to work with
IndieFlix was thrilled to welcome an incredible new channel into our On-Demand stable. Kids In The Spotlight has been helping some of the many foster youth in L.A. County tell their stories through film for the last ten years. Over the course of 10-15 weeks, students learn to write screenplays, cast, audition for and act the pages into a film, that they also produce and edit. All this is done in collaboration with some of LA's finest writers, actors and directors, so the end result is a truly professional short film. For many, this is the first time they truly feel seen and heard. In a world where 40% of foster youth are dead, incarcerated or homeless, this program not only produces great films, it also gives these students tangible skills and connections. Many alumni now work in the film industry, and return to give back to 'KITS'. Having a channel on IndieFlix not only allows these films to be seen, it also brings money back to the organization to continue this great work, as they receive revenue for every minute of every film watched.KITS Channel on iNDIEFLIX
Coverage of 'KITS' Channel launch from The Imprint, an independent, nonprofit daily news publication dedicated to covering child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health and educational issues faced by vulnerable children and families
We were thrilled to partner with The 3% Movement for a banner screening of NEVERTHELESS, followed by an amazing panel discussion with NEVERTHELESS director, Sarah Moshman, and the one and only Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo Movement. The conversation was wide-ranging and amazing, and we're so grateful to the 3% Movement for putting it together. We will be sharing excerpts from the panel shortly, so watch this space!
Angst has always been a sought-after way for corporations to help overcome the stigma around mental health, open up the conversation and encourage their employees to reach out. Indieflix works with all sizes of corporation, from small offices to global conglomerates and we were honored to host a panel of CEO's and Thought-leaders in the field of corporate wellness on December 3rd. Jen Fisher, Chief Well-Being Officer for Deloitte, Julie Krause, Head of Microsoft Global Wellness and Janie Rootes, President of the Houston Texans, were joined by Alexander Alonso, Chief Knowledge officer, SHRM-SCP and Greg DeLapp, the CEO of EAP Association. Indieflix CEO and filmmaker Scilla Andreen moderated an incredibly open, lively and insightful panel about how to lead with authenticity and emotion, achieve your highest potential whilst maintaining work/life boundaries, and how to move forward by pulling out and dealing with hidden issues openly and honestly. They all rate Angst highly as a stress-free way to start engagement. As Julie Krause stated: "Don't be afraid to offer the film to your employees...it's a really good way to start that conversation for people... it gives you tools to move forward."
Our next project, RACE, will help us all become more aware of the systemic inequalities of race, and how our biases continue to perpetuate the situation.
It will include strategies and tips to check ourselves and others and to push for change, so that together we can shift the historic and continuing imbalances.
We started production in October 2020, and aim for release in October 2021. Sign up for our IndieFlix Foundation newsletter if you'd like to receive occasional updates from the road!
Scilla Andreen is a much loved legend. A self-professed 'can't sew, can't draw' costume designer on some of the best loved TV shows of the late 80's / early 90's, she launched the first Independent Film streaming service, then took the plunge into directing social impact. films that have transformed lives around the world. Read at least some of her story here!
Prior to a local community screening of 'The Upstanders', a local journalist was intrigued to find out more about the back-story of the film. Quick caveat, the first film that inspired the Mental Health Trilogy was 'Angst'