The OLIVE Film Collection

The OLIVE Film Collection contains short films, five minute or less, that explore issues related to mental health. The library grows each month through our monthly short film competition, and each year through our Voices With Impact short film production grants.

We share these films as educational resources. As works of art, they can elicit strong responses. Please take care of yourself while watching these films! We’ve created these guides as resources for you when watching the OLIVE films alone, with friends, with your children and/or with your students. These films are intended for personal viewing or facilitation in small groups. If you want to use these in more structured programs, please fill out this form for official use.

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Factory Talk
Aug
2020
Factory Talk
Factory Talk is an intergenerational conversation about identity, sexuality and masculinity in a rural factory. Through the clanging of metal they make small talk, but as the gripes and grumbles testify to better times, the questions rising on the fa...
Fighter
Aug
2020
Fighter
Fighter asks the tough, awkward, and infrequent questions about mental health to three generations of firefighters. Home movies and impromptu conversations are woven into interviews in this deeply personal reflection on intergenerational connection, ...
Staging Face
Aug
2020
Staging Face
Under the spotlight, in front of a crowded room, drag performers are given permission to share our most authentic selves with almost certain acceptance. When the show is over and we leave our safe spaces, how do we cope with the realities of a less-t...
The Rest is Flowers
Aug
2020
The Rest is Flowers
When his best friend, Harry, is killed in a homophobic attack, a grief-stricken, closeted Jimmy prepares to give the eulogy at his funeral. This is his last chance to admit the true depth of his feelings for Harry and face up to the fact that today h...
The Side Effects of Normal
Aug
2020
An intersex person who was born with genital differences and was forced to undergo a genital “normalizing” surgery that they did not consent to as a child. As a result of medical trauma, they struggle with PTSD, dysphoria and dissociation as an a...
The Beautiful Black Man
Aug
2020
Mitchell has the unique ability to grow flowers from his scalp. father trained him in the painful art of plucking in order to conceal his gift – his curse. However, the arrival of a new woman in his life, Vera, might be just the thing he needs for ...
Continue to Live
Aug
2020
Continue to Live
The story of a majestic trans masculine being surviving and thriving. Gabriel's journey highlights the physical and personal challenges that make it difficult to exist. Through music and buddhism, Gabriel heals his soul and energy. While carrying emo...
Masc
Aug
2020
Masc
A young boy hides his emotions behind a Diablo Cojuelo mask in an attempt to appease his hypermasculine father and protect himself from his school bully. Content heads up: bullying, violence, intergenerational trauma
Kelly Hrudey- Mental Health Advocate
Jun
2020
Former NHL goalie Kelly Hrudey was at the height of his career when anxiety and depression threatened to stop him from playing the game he had always loved. Kelly talks about the issues he faced, and shares a message of hope and encouragement for oth...
The Conversation That Never Happened (从未发生过的对话)
Apr
2020
Asian Americans are less likely to access services for mental health, despite being one of the largest populations struggling with depression and suicidal ideation. This short film explores a conversation between a mother and her child, with the goal...
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