AWI Short Film Competition

More than a Mental Illness

This film explores the range of who a person is outside of their mental illness. Through friendship, a positive impact can be made on someone who simply needs to be understood. Similarly, the friend will learn that a mental illness cannot detract from who that person is, because they are a great deal more than that diagnosis.


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Director: Emma Spiekerman

When Emma created this film she was a senior at Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, California, moving on to attend Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television. She wrote, directed, edited, and produced the music for More Than a Mental Illness, which also won third place regionally in the Directing Change Contest. She looks forward to a future of making films that both entertain and inform.

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