Hello Indie Lens Pop-Up Friends,

We hope you are doing well and socially distancing!

Although the remainder of this season’s Films With Class community screenings has been cancelled, we will resume with virtual screenings of the films beginning next week with the documentary, Bedlam. We hope you will join us from the comfort and safety of your own home on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 7:30 pm for the national screening and virtual chat with film producer Peter Miller and mental health experts from NAMI (National Alliance On Mental Illness). To rsvp/participate, click on this link http://bit.ly/Bedlam-OVEE-RSVP.

The following Winston-Salem/Forsyth County individuals will also participate in the chat:

–Winston-Salem Police Department Police Chief Catrina Thompson
–Assistant Police Chiefs Wilson Weaver, Natoshia Miles, and William Penn
–Stepping Up Program: Pamela Goodine, Peer Specialist
–Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department: Captain Charlene Warren

About the film:

Psychiatrist and documentarian Kenneth Paul Rosenberg M.D. chronicles the personal, poignant stories of those suffering from serious mental illness, including his own family, to bring the scope of the crisis to light and offer possible solutions. Shot over the course of five years, Bedlam takes viewers inside Los Angeles County’s overwhelmed and vastly under-resourced psych ER, a nearby jail warehousing thousands of psychiatric patients, and the homes — and homeless encampments — of people affected by severe mental illness, where silence and shame often worsen the suffering.

Bedlam takes a sobering look at this population and all the individuals around them, providing audiences with the opportunity to see what is being done and consider how to support our communities in caring for people affected by this debilitating illness.

This event is hosted by Indie Lens Pop-Up in local collaboration with RiverRun’s Films With Class, Greentree Peer Center, Forsyth County Department of Public Health Stepping Up Program, Habitat for Humanity, Forsyth County Central Library. and the Yadkinville Arts Council. National hosts include the California Film Institute, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Kansas City Public Library, Panhandle PBS, and Pickford Film Center, with support from ITVS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS.

RiverRun’s Indie Lens Pop-Up, sponsored by Wells Fargo, is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics to family and relationships.