AWI Short Film Competition


“Release” is an experiential film about stress and anxiety as experienced by middle-school kids, and offers a basic lesson in mindful breathing as an antidote.


Content heads up: depictions of anxiety

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Director: Julie Bayer Salzman + Josh Salzman

Julie and Josh Salzman are a husband and wife team who consider mental health to be their ultimate passion topic when it comes to filmmaking. Their eventual goal is to have six films on various mental and emotional states of the mind, and so far they have two. The focus of their next films will be around depression, and then trauma in college. Their previous film, ‘Just Breathe’, gained massive exposure, including a spot on Oprah. 

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Anxiety is the most common mental illness out there, and it takes a lot of different forms. Experiencing some level of anxiety is a normal...

Mental Wellness

Mental wellness is a process that involves finding balance in life, including your social, intellectual, physical (diet, exercise, medication management, substance use), spiritual, economic and...


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