Okay, Network faithful, let's help Randi Silverman get her movie, No Letting Go, distributed far and wide. If you are a loyal reader of Friday Update, then you know we do whatever we can to support the collective voice that focuses on children's mental health. Randi is a loyal reader, you are loyal readers... my goodness, a match made in heaven!
NO LETTING GO is a feature film adapted from the award-winning short film ILLNESS. In 2013 and 2014, ILLNESS won 7 awards, received over 20 nominations worldwide and was under consideration for the 2014 Academy Awards.
Based on a true story, ....
NO LETTING GO centers around what would appear to be a typical family. A husband and wife balancing work and responsibilities all while raising their three sons. Over a 4-year period we soon realize the middle son is struggling in ways that do not seem common or typical. Is it a phase? Growing pains? The mom, in particular, is faced with the daunting challenge of finding answers and help for her child. In a time where the impact of mental health challenges for families, parents, siblings and the community are just being realized -- this poignant story touches on a parents worst nightmare: What if you lost your child to a mental disorder? NO LETTING GO is a powerful, heartfelt and poignant story of the strength of family and the bonds that connect us.
As a society, we can no longer afford to stay silent.
- Read an interview with Randi in Better Mental Health Magazine.
- For more information about the film No Letting Go, visit click here.
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About Randi Silverman
Over the past ten years, Randi Silverman has lead community-based awareness campaigns and support groups on the issue of child and adolescent mental health. As the mother of a child with a mental health disorder, she has experienced first-hand what it is to bring a family of three children through this challenge. Randi is a frequent speaker on child and adolescent mental health, and takes every opportunity to create community conversations in an effort to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness. In service of this mission, Randi is the Associate Producer of the award-winning short film ILLNESS and the Executive Producer and Co-Screenwriter of the feature film NO LETTING GO. As a member of the creative team for both films, Randi drew from her direct experience and deep knowledge of child mental health issues to enable realistic and powerful film scripts. Randi is the co-Founder and Director of Parent-to-Parent Support Group, a support network for parents raising children with issues of anxiety, depression and/or mood disorder. Parent-to-Parent has served over 400 families in the New York City Tri-State Area since 2011. Earlier community work includes serving as Vice-Chair and Chair of Byram Hills C.H.I.L.D., a committee of the local Parent Teacher Association supporting families with children of various abilities, and serving on the Board of Directors for the Rosenthal JCC (Pleasantville, NY) as Chair of their Special Needs Department. A former practicing attorney, Randi helps parents advocate for the educational needs of children of all abilities.