“VISIONS OF WARRIORS” SELECTED FOR AN HONORABLE MENTION AT THE SAMHSA 2017 VOICE AWARDS

Thank you so much to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for selecting our feature documentary, “Visions of Warriors,” for an Honorable Mention at the SAMHSA 2017 Voice Awards. We’re deeply honored by this wonderful recognition. The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday, 8/16/17 at UCLA’s historic Royce Hall in Los Angeles, CA. Chef Robert Irvine (“Chopped,” “Dinner: Impossible,” “Restaurant: Impossible”) was the host. We were moved by the compassionate work of SAMHSA, their program partners, and all the honorees. Hopefully, with this honor, we can raise awareness about the rise of veteran mental illness and the power of innovative photography therapy to treat it. We congratulate all the winners and nominees of the SAMHSA 2017 Voice Awards for their outstanding work in educating the public about behavioral health.

To learn more:
https://www.samhsa.gov/voice-awards/award-winners#HonorableMention

“VISIONS OF WARRIORS” FEATURE DOCUMENTARY TO BE RELEASED ON VETERANS DAY (11/11/17)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Ming Lai: 626-372-1301, shoot[at]humanistfilms[dot]com
 

Los Angeles, CA. August 11, 2017—“Visions of Warriors," a feature documentary about veterans who use photography therapy to treat their mental illness, directed by Ming Lai, will be released on Veterans Day (11/11/17).

Humanist Films will be self-distributing the film digitally through Amazon Video on Demand, Apple iTunes, Google Play, and other online retailers as well as on their website: visionsofwarriors.com/store

In “Visions of Warriors,” four veterans from the Vietnam War era to the Iraq War participate in the groundbreaking Veteran Photo Recovery Project at the VA Menlo Park and use innovative photography therapy to treat their mental illness. 

The film features veterans Mark Pinto, Homerina “Marina” Bond, Ari Sonnenberg, and Priscilla “Peni” Bethel. 

The film also profiles the Veteran Photo Recovery Project team—founder and nurse practitioner Susan Quaglietti, art therapist Jeff Stadler, clinical social worker Ryan Gardner, and clinical psychologist Kristen McDonald. 

In addition, the film introduces other dynamic veterans who participated in the program.

The film received a generous grant from the Stanford Medicine & the Muse Program, premiered at the prestigious Vail Film Festival, and has been nominated for a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2017 Voice Award. 

Since its premiere, the film has been screening at film festivals, conferences, universities, and special events. 

Ming Lai, the producer/writer/director of “Visions of Warriors,” relates, “After learning about Susan Quaglietti and the Veteran Photo Recovery Project, we were inspired to create a feature documentary about her compassionate work. We were deeply moved by the veterans’ powerful stories.”

He acknowledges, “Our film wouldn’t have been possible without all the extraordinary veterans and mental health providers in the film, our talented crew and post-production team, and our generous grantors, sponsors, donors, and supporters. Hopefully, our film raises awareness about the rise of veteran mental illness and the power of innovative photography therapy to treat it.”

To learn more about Visions of Warriors: 
visionsofwarriors.com

To obtain an Electronic Press Kit: 
visionsofwarriors.com/electronic-press-kit


ABOUT HUMANIST FILMS, LLC & MING LAI:
Humanist Films, LLC is a film and photography production company, based in Los Angeles. Founded by filmmaker and photographer Ming Lai, Humanist Films is less of a traditional production company than an innovative think tank, gathering the brightest minds to research, plan, create, and change. Our interdisciplinary work ranges from narrative and documentary films to commercials and corporate videos to fine art and documentary photography projects. The name of our company honors legendary director, Akira Kurosawa, who was praised for his humanist compassion and inspired us to become filmmakers. 

To learn more about Humanist Films:
humanistfilms.com

“VISIONS OF WARRIORS” TO SCREEN AT DOMINICAN UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

We’re excited to announce that “Visions of Warriors” will be screening at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, California. We’re deeply honored to be able to share our film with the university and community. Located in beautiful Marin County near San Francisco, this historic university was founded in 1890. According to their website: “Dominican educates and prepares students to be ethical leaders and socially responsible global citizens who incorporate the Dominican values of study, reflection, community and service into their lives. The University is committed to diversity, sustainability and the integration of the liberal arts, the sciences and professional programs.” Thank you to Dr. Laura Stivers, the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education, and the university for organizing this screening.

Screening and Q&A with Susan Quaglietti, Ryan Gardner, and Ming Lai*:
Tuesday, 9/12/17, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Dominican University of California
Edgehill Mansion
Garden Room
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

415-457-4440
*This event is open to the public. 

To learn more about Dominican University of California: 
http://www.dominican.edu/

HUMANIST FILMS IS FEATURED ON CINEMA5D.COM

Recently, we were included in the Talent Feature section of the great filmmaking website, cinema5d.com. Thank you to Johnnie Behiri, Nino Leitner, Sebastian Wober, and the entire cinema5D team for this huge honor. We’re big fans of their site, which is one of our daily reads. As filmmakers, we’re constantly learning. The tech reviews are always informative, and the talent features are very inspiring. We deeply appreciate this wonderful opportunity.

Read the interview:
https://www.cinema5d.com/documenting-groundbreaking-veteran-photo-recovery-project-ming-lai/

HUMANIST FILMS IS INTERVIEWED BY THE SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE

Recently, we had the pleasure of being interviewed by the respected San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Because our business is located in the San Gabriel Valley, we were excited to be interviewed by our local newspaper and share our feature documentary with our community. Thank you to Titus Wu of the San Gabriel Valley Tribune for interviewing us and Walt Fogler-Mancini, Pasadena photojournalist of the Southern California News Group for his kind referral.

Read the article:
http://www.sgvtribune.com/veterans/20170615/local-director-debuts-documentary-on-veterans-ptsd-recovery

“VISIONS OF WARRIORS” HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR A SAMHSA 2017 VOICE AWARD

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We’re excited to announce that “Visions of Warriors” has been nominated for a 2017 Voice Award by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). We’re deeply honored by this unexpected nomination. We share this honor with all the veterans and mental health providers who generously participated in our feature documentary. Hopefully, through this nomination, we can raise awareness about the rise of veteran mental illness and the power of innovative photography therapy to treat it. According to SAMHSA’s website: “The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.” In addition, “The Voice Awards program honors consumer/peer/family leaders and television and film professionals who educate the public about behavioral health.” According to the nomination announcement, “In 2017, the Voice Awards is spotlighting individuals and entertainment productions that provide hope and support to past and present service members who have faced mental health and addiction challenges.” The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 8/16/17 at 6:00 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles, CA. 

To learn more:
https://www.samhsa.gov/voice-awards

HUMANIST FILMS IS INTERVIEWED BY VOYAGE L.A.

Recently, we had the honor of being interviewed by Voyage L.A., a cool site about Los Angeles and its dynamic people. Based in L.A., we love our hometown. So we can’t help but appreciate fantastic sites like Voyage L.A. that showcase our great city. Thank you to Mike Bhand of Voyage L.A. for interviewing us and Sari Makki-Philips of Sari Makki Photography, one of our favorite companies, for her thoughtful referral. 

Read the interview:
http://voyagela.com/interview/meet-ming-lai-humanist-films-san-gabriel-valley/

Learn more about our talented friend at Sari Makki Photography:
http://www.sarimakkiphoto.com 
http://www.sarimakki-wedding.com

“VISIONS OF WARRIORS” TO SCREEN AT THE PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION’S 40TH ANNUAL WELLNESS AND RECOVERY SUMMIT

We’re excited to announce that our feature documentary “Visions of Warriors” will be screening at the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s 40th Annual Wellness and Recovery Summit (6/24/17 – 6/26/17) in Atlanta, Georgia. According to the conference site, “The Recovery Workforce Summit offers a comprehensive line up of in-depth psychiatric training and enhanced networking opportunities and special events to provide attendees with the tools they need to help others more effectively.” Susan Quaglietti, a nurse practitioner and founder of the Veteran Photo Recovery Project, and Ryan Gardner, a clinical social worker who runs the program with Susan, will be giving a “TED-Like Talk” about the power of photography therapy during the day, and then in the evening, they will be presenting the film along with the director, Ming Lai. 

TED-Like Talk by Susan Quaglietti and Ryan Gardner:
Sunday, 6/25/17, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

To learn more:
http://www.psychrehabassociation.org/content/using-photography-advance-recovery-journey

Screening and Q&A with Susan Quaglietti, Ryan Gardner, & Ming Lai:
Sunday, 6/25/17, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

To learn more:
http://www.psychrehabassociation.org/content/movie-night-“visions-warriors”

To register for the conference and attend the TED-Like Talk and screening:
http://www.psychrehabassociation.org/40th-annual-wellness-and-recovery-summit-registration-information