After several suicide attempts and psychiatric hospitalizations 16 year old Belle takes exception to a streaming internet series depicting 13 reasons why a fictional teen commits suicide. Belle disrupts society’s mistaken beliefs about individuals with mental illness. She offers a distinctive lens through which we view suicide and our responses to it. The film chronicles Belle's story while interspersing stimulating vignettes, fueled by hope and resilience, from the lives of other youth struggling with mental illness and self-harm.
Written/Directed/Produced by Maryanne Galvin
Executive Producer: Dr. Janice LeBel, Dept. of Mental Health, MA *
Edited by Maryanne Galvin & Laura Homer
Camera: DL Melpignano, Laura Homer, Maryanne Galvin
Additional Editing: David Melpignano
Featuring: Isabelle Cole
The DIRECTOR'S CUT is avaialbe VIDEO ON DEMAND at VIMEO. All proceeds are donated to suicide awareness and prevention non-profits.
*A slightly longer version of 13 Reasons to Fly will be available (FREE DVD) later this spring. Please contact Dr. Janice LeBel at the MA Dept. of Mental Health to receive your DVD and the Discussion Guide.
Contact Dr. LeBel at (DMH)