Linda G. Mills on Bringing Mental Health to the Forefront with The Rest of Us [Exclusive Interview]

The Rest of Us directed by Linda G. Mills

It is often critical to be mindful for mental health awareness of persons that could lead to suicide. More than often, people tend to forget the mental health status of those who are affected in the aftermath of suicide. Director Linda G. Mills hopes the film The Rest of Us supports a narrative that every person’s mental health status should be in check.

The Rest of Us chronicles student resilience in the face of a mental health crisis on the campus of Blair University. Set in the Fall of 2001, a diverse group of college students spring into action when confronted the reality of a suicide. The film follows Amy (Amanda Debraux), an introverted engineering student whose resistance, and resilience, inspires those who are left behind—the rest of us.

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The film also stars Laila Robins, Preston Martin, Peter Mark Kendall, Angela Scalafan, Mars Williams, and Raffi Barsoumian. The film was inspired by a devising group of actors and social activists, including Elizabeth Hess, Afraz Kham, Preston Martin, Yianni Papadimos, Rachel Pegram, Angela Sclafani, in a process led by Ricardo Perez Gonzalez. The script was written by Laura Moss and Ricardo Perez Gonazalez.

LRM Online’s Gig Patta discussed with director Linda G. Mills about mental health awareness, the film production, the cast, and making a period piece after the 9/11 incident.

Linda G. Mills produces and directs movies with a particular focus on social change. She is the Lisa Ellen Goldberg Professor at New York University. Her last two documentary films Of Many and Better To Live, premiered in consecutive years at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The Rest of Us is available today on iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon, VUDU, FandangoNow, DISH, and Comcast OnDemand.

Watch the exclusive interview with Linda G. Mills below. Let us know what you think.

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