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Movies in Mind is a one-day festival that will take place at Nerve Centre, Derry/Londonderry, from 9-10 October, aiming to support the arts and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health. Filmmakers, students and scholars from around the world will show their films, share their insights and innovative research, and participate in lively conversations with the audience. Members of the mental health community will also share advice and their experiences.

“Movies in Mind is inspired by the foundation of high-quality research being conducted within the Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies research unit at Ulster University (Magee) as well as the impact and reach that film and digital media projects from organisations like the Nerve Centre can have on positive mental health and wellbeing. The event aims to challenge, touch and inspire audiences from all walks of life and will provide a shared space whereby academics, creatives, health and wellbeing organisations and the public are united by their desire to contribute to social change.”

- Dr Victoria McCollum, Lecturer in Cinematic Arts at Ulster University.


Tuesday 9 October
From 7pm

Six Strings & Stigma Launch Event

Movies in Mind opens in the Nerve Centre with a special fifth anniversary performance from Six Strings & Stigma. The Six Strings & Stigma album launched in 2013 and is inspired by the true stories of local people struggling with their mental health. The evening will feature live music from Ruairi O’Doherty, Jeannette and Noella Hutton, Paddy Nash, John Deery, Decky McLaughlin and Roy Arbuckle. Barry McGale from Suicide Bereavement UK will open the event.

Wednesday 10 October
10.30am to 3pm

1st Half: Short Film Screenings & Talks (10.30-3pm)

A range of mental health focused short film made by BFI Film Academy, local youth organisations and from filmmaker John Deery (Cinematic Arts PhD Candidate at Ulster University) will be screened in the morning and afternoon whilst panel discussions on how creative arts can be used to tackle mental health issues will be facilitated by Dr Victoria McCollum, Lecturer in Cinematic Arts, Professor Siobhan O’Neill, Tom Bradley (Samaritans NI) and Emma Johnston (Youth Action Northern Ireland).

3pm to 4pm

2nd Half: Workshop Sessions (3-4pm)

A series of Creative Arts Workshop sessions, with a focus on mental health and wellbeing, will be available to participate in, ranging from music and comedy to cinematic arts. Roy Arbuckle will focus on how voice is breath and breath is life in his Music and Mindfulness Workshop. The workshop is open to everyone and will show participants how to connect to your breath and your voice with a few simple exercises. Feeling Funny (Comedy for Connection and Confidence) is delivered by local artist Sorcha Shanahan who forms one half of the Makeyuppers. The workshop will be a fun and playful exploration looking at how play, games and having fun can reconnect us to ourselves and others. Cinematic Arts and Drama PhD candidates from Ulster University will also screen a range of short films including Quiet, a story of economic uncertainty, by playwright and filmmaker Don McCamphill, Far From the Reach of the Sun, an LGBT/queer short, by Dublin visual artist Kevin Gaffney, and new work, on conflict and identity, by award-winning Iranian video artist Hamideh Javadi Bejandi.

4pm to 10pm

Evening of Film Screenings: Boy Interrupted, A Girl Like Her, Silver Linings Playbook

Ones to Watch at the Nerve Centre, supported by Foyle Film Festival, close Movies in Mind on Wednesday 10th October with a curated programme of film screenings around mental health themes running in Nerve Centre Cinemas from 4pm – 10pm.

This FREE event is a collaboration between Ulster University (Cinematic Arts and Drama) and the Ones to Watch Young Programmers at Nerve Centre. Refreshments will be provided!

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Tuesday 9 October to Wednesday 10 October

Nerve Centre, Derry~Londonderry

Dr Victoria McCollum

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