ORCHESTRATING CHANGE is the feature documentary film that tells the inspiring story of Me2/Orchestra, the only orchestra in the world created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them. Co-founded by Ronald Braunstein, once a world-renowned conductor whose career was shattered when his own diagnosis of bipolar disorder was made public, the mission of the orchestra is to erase stigma one exhilarating concert at a time. As they rehearse, perform and then, prepare for a major concert, these extraordinary musicians have no idea how much the orchestra will change their lives in poignant and powerful ways. While they face struggles including hospitalizations, even incarceration, they always return to the orchestra.
Co-directors Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin are both EMMY award winning producer/directors with years of non-fiction television experience. They have produced shows for CBS, NBC, ABC, HBO, Showtime, Lifetime, HGTV, Disney Channel and others. Their previous films have aired on PBS including, the prestigious series, “Independent Lens.”
Orchestrating Change can be found in the Features section of the virtual festival.
Watch Margie & Barbara’s exclusive Mental Filmness interview here: https://mentalfilmness2021.eventive.org/interviews2021