HEAR (Holistic Health + Empathy + Accessibility + Recovery) is a partnership between Ciné, Family Counseling Service of Athens, Inc. (FCS) and Nuci’s Space to raise awareness and de-stigmatize mental illness by screening relevant mental wellness-related films and videos for the Athens community every Saturday afternoon in May, in coordination with Mental Health Awareness Month

The three organizations have curated films for the series relevant to their primary missions that will stimulate conversations on mental health and wellness. Following each film screening, FCS will provide Q&A sessions with licensed mental health professionals who specialize in addressing the issues depicted in each film. The events will also feature an information center with participating mental health organizations and resources available in Athens, including: Nuci’s Space, FCS, Acceptance Recovery Center, Athens Recovery Fest, and National Alliance on Mental Illness.

All HEAR series event admission is FREE and open to the public, and screening passes will be available at the Cinébox office starting at 11:45a on the day of each event.


The series kicks off this Saturday, May 4th from 11:45a until 4:00p, and will include a screening of the documentary film, A NEW HIGH, followed by a Q&A with Rebecca Coates-Keane, LCSW; information tables, viewings of TED Talks on subjects related to mental wellness in the CineLab, and acoustic music performances in the lobby throughout the afternoon:


Power of Vulnerability (20:13)
Everything you Think you Know about Addiction is Wrong (14:43)
Recovery Out Loud (9:51)

Mental Health/Depression/Suicide:
How To Really Treat Depression (22:20)
The Cultural Taboos of Suicide and Mental Illness   (20:03)
Suicide is Preventable (18:19)
The Most Important Lesson From 83,000 Brain Scans (14:36)
Let's End The Silence Around Suicide (29:18)

A Letter to Jack: How Autism Changed One Family  (16:47)
My Autistic Brother Changed My Life (11:18)


12:00-12:30p -- Benjamin Simpson

12:40-1:10p -- Fester Hagood

1:20-1:50p -- Tommy Lynn

2:00-2:30p -- Kadi Bortle

2:40-3:10p -- Sean Arrington

3:20-4:00p -- Nina Ricci



SATURDAY MAY 4th  |  11:45a 

Screening followed by Q&A with Rebecca Coates-Keane, LCSW

In the heart of downtown Seattle is the Union Gospel Mission—a homeless shelter catering to the addicted and the abused. For these men and women hope is a novelty, self-esteem a luxury and recovery a faraway ideal. But there one man, an ex-Army Ranger, who believes in them. Believes in life. Believes in mountains. And he will attempt to use one of the most treacherous peaks in North America, 14,400 foot Mt Rainier, to give these recovering addicts hope again. Will their personal mountains be too steep to overcome?  TRAILER + MORE


SATURDAY MAY 11th  |  11:45a

Screening followed by Q&A with Michelle Castleberry, LCSW.

Discover the courage of compassion through the eyes of parents journeying towards acceptance of their one-of-a-kind kids. Based on The New York Times bestseller by Andrew Solomon, this 2018 documentary is an intimate, profoundly human look at families raising children society deems “abnormal”: a mother and son determined to show the world that his Down syndrome does not define him; a couple learning to communicate with their bright but nonverbal autistic son; a young woman dealing with what it means to be the only little person in her family; and parents whose deep love for their son persists even after he has committed an unspeakable crime. Tracing their joys, challenges, tragedies, and triumphs, FAR FROM THE TREE invites viewers to rethink what it means to be a “normal family.”  TRAILER + MORE


SATURDAY MAY 18th  |  11:45a

Screening followed by Q&A with Georgia-based filmmaker Tamlin Hall

Holden Layfield helps audiences through his harrowing tale in this film set in the early 1990s. After succumbing to a secret battle with mental illness, 17-year old Holden devolves from a gregarious, small-town Georgian football player to a lost, self-medicating prophet. Based on a true story, this award-winning film portrays the complexity of mental illness and suicide in teens, offers insight to prevention, and opens the door to conversation about this difficult but critical community concern. TRAILER + MORE


SATURDAY MAY 25th  |  11:45a

Screening followed by Q&A with Cynthia White, LPC

From Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams comes this inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. Owen’s story is a moving testament to the many ways in which stories can serve as a means of persevering through the dark times, leading us all toward the light.   TRAILER + MORE