AWI Short Film Competition


Stella Gutierrez’s film invites viewers to share a personal look at her experience with Trichotillomania, and the moment when she opened up to a close teacher and her parents about her experience with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.


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Director: Stella Gutierrez

At 15 years old, Stella is our youngest contest winner to date. Stella made TANGLES at BAYCAT, where she is one of many San Francisco-area youth learning about digital media and developing skills that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. TANGLES is based on Stella's own struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder, specifically trichotillomania (pulling of the hair) and dermatillomania (picking of the skin).

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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...

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a specific form of anxiety characterized by repetitive, unwanted intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and irrational, excessive urges to do certain actions (compulsions)....


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