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The “Can” Film Festival

imageThe Cannes Film Festival. Quite the event for film lovers everywhere.

I remember when I was operating a flow room for a group of kids that had not qualified for the gifted program – “the almost gifted” the school system dubbed them. I thought differently and these kids went on to write, produce, direct and star in three films. One film won first place and best of division at the Kan Film Festival, the state of Kansas’ answer to the Cannes Film Festival.

It was with hidden delight that I would tell anyone who would listen that my class achieved this honor. People automatically thought it was the Cannes Film Festival and were very interested until I explained the difference.

I was thinking the other day how too often that is exactly what happens when people hear about someone who has a brain illness. People will automatically think it is a distinctive disease until they hear depression and then the interest fades. Nothing glamorous about depression. Nothing one of a kind about depression. Nothing award winning about depression.

And yet it takes a lot of guts to deal with depression, both on the part of the person depressed and on the people who love them. It involves a search for the best directors – a good psycho pharmacologist and therapist who will treat the illness so as to reach a level of excellence. It means writing a new script each day, always not knowing what will take place but ready to try the lines that will work. The monies have to be produced to pay for the medication and the therapy and the endless doctor visits and that’s not taking into account the monies needed for a night out or a massage both of which will keep the caretakers on the road of health. And finally there is the star – depression – which everyone is trying so pointedly to unseat so that the star in the wings – health – can take over the part.

This production takes place day in and day out in so many households across the country and the achievements are often unnoticed. But they are the members of the Can Film Festival – the festival that can, does, and will defeat depression day after day after day. Kudos to all of you directing, producing and writing the way to the cure for this wicked illness.

– Bernadette



2 Responses

  1. Great post! Thanks for the encouragement.

  2. aww, how cute. I’m in the production, but boy, it sure gets tiring, doesn’t it? it’s nice to know someone out there understands. hugs to you 🙂

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