Exploring the Humanity of Isolation and Connection: The Creatively Connected Film Festival is Accepting Submissions Now!
The supermarket, your bedroom, or 30,000 feet in the air: in this modern era of smartphones and other devices, anywhere you can get cell phone service or a wi-fi signal, you’re connected. With each passing year it becomes harder and harder to truly go off the grid, which–by outward appearances–would make it seem as though it’s virtually impossible not to feel connected, even if you never actually see another human face-to-face. But as anyone who’s ever delved into the choppy waters of online dating will tell you, there’s a world of difference between connecting virtually and connecting in real life, and it’s entirely possible to be technically connected and still feel entirely alone.
These issues of connection and isolation are even more poignant for those who experience additional challenges that make connection difficult. Illness, poverty, family issues, old age–any number of factors can make our human need for connection (and our inevitable moments of isolation) run deeper. And this is precisely what the (first ever!) Creatively Connected Film Festival is hoping its participants explore with their submissions.
An endeavor of the Foundation for Art & Healing, the Creatively Connected Film Festival is described as “a film contest, public health outreach, and celebration” on its website, and will launch on May 9th in New York City with two live events at the New York University Law School in Manhattan’s West Village–along with an online showcase for those who can only connect (ahem) remotely. The film festival is accepting submissions now through April 1st from professional and semiprofessional filmmakers, so is not too late to get inspired and capture some movie magic for this impactful event.
AWI caught up with Foundation for Art & Healing Founder and President Jeremy Nobel, who currently serves on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, and had the opportunity to ask him a few questions about the Creatively Connected Film Festival as he and his team prepare to screen the flood of submissions that will make up their first year festival line-up:
AWI: In what ways do you think film–as opposed to other media–is especially effective in capturing and communicating the themes of loneliness and isolation?
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