A Team of Teen Filmmakers Explores Bipolar Disorder in POINT 453

If you’re reading this and have passed your teenage years, consider this question: Do you think anything is possible?


Yes, Barbie! With you, anything IS possible! Except bending at the knees.

Being a teenager can be challenging in a million big and small ways, but when young people manage to channel their energy and passion into a project, wonderful things can happen. Or, to put it differently, teenagers have the power to understand “that anything is possible when you can collaborate and are passionate.”

Those are the wise words of Ethan Paisley, head of film production company Take18 Entertainment of Petaluma, California. Staffed entirely with individuals who are under 18 years of age, Take18 not only provides quality filmmaking services, but has also produced works recognized internationally in over 12 film festivals.


Among these films is Point 453, Paisley’s second feature with Take18, which takes a dynamic look at bipolar disorder and its widespread effect on relationships

Point 453 is about humanity and family, and it sheds light on the challenges that bipolar disorder can present,” said Paisley in an interview with the Argus-Courier. “But in that, I think it’s kind of universal in the way it shows how bipolar disorder can affect the household, how it can affect us in families, friendships, relationships, and it’s really about spreading awareness for bipolar disorder.”

Point 453, which has already been selected to screen at a Canadian film festival, is scheduled to premiere tomorrow, January 13th, at a bipolar awareness event in San Rafael, CA. “Bring Change to the Bay” is a joint effort by Paisley and Rachael Jones of the Marin School of Arts, and the evening will focus on the idea of art as therapy and a tool to battle stigma against mental illness. At only 16 years old, Paisley is already proving himself to be a motivated filmmaker and ally in the mental health community, and his colleagues at Take18 mirror his passion for storytelling, art, and advocacy.

“A lot of our work is serious,” Paisley said to the Argus-Courier. “I think it’s difficult just for us as a team to work on these subjects and talk about them, and I think that’s what allows us to pursue these endeavors, is just that everyone is so passionate and so willing to delve into that.”

To learn more about Paisley’s work and the other impactful projects by the team at Take18 Entertainment, visit their website here.



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