CARBONDALE -- Fresh off its award-winning world premiere at The Mann Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, "Her Mind in Pieces" will make its Midwest debut at The Varsity on Sunday, April 14. The film will be screened three times.
Two Southern Illinois University alumni served as senior executive producers on the film: Casey Lambert (Cinema & Photography, 2012) and Randall Taylor (Speech & Theater, 1978).
"Her Mind in Pieces" is comprised of nine short films about complex women in various states of mental unrest. The project was orchestrated by writer, director and producer Dawn Fields.
"These talented filmmakers truly open the door to the internal struggles that some women face," Fields said. "I am extremely proud to be a part of this anthology, and I feel it's imperative that it reaches as wide an audience as possible. It's my hope that it provides a platform to allow for open and honest discussions regarding mental health in our society today."
Each of the April 14 screenings will be followed by a Q&A with Fields and SIU alum Taylor.
"The film is heartbreaking, humorous and, at times, a stunning look at women's internal struggles," said Taylor, whose father, John C. Taylor, wrote for The Southern Illinoisan and was on the Journalism faculty at SIU. "I found my artistic direction at SIU, and I hope this film will inspire all the aspiring artists at my alma mater and in my hometown of Carbondale."
The short films in the cinematic anthology are directed by Fields, Rachel Feldman, Micky Levy, Chantelle James, Jeneffa Soldatic, Anastasia Basche, Caron Clancey, Amanda Hinkley, Jenessa Joffe, Lorena Lourenco. Among the actors featured are Amy Brenneman and Lance Henriksen.
"Her Mind in Pieces" will be screened at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 14. Tickets are $10 in advance at www.thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. Tickets also will be available at the venue the day of the screening when doors open at 1:30. Tickets are not available in advance at the venue.
The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. To keep up with all upcoming events, go to www.facebook.com/varsitycenter. Watch a trailer and get more info on the film at www.HerMindinPieces.com.