The Foundation for Art & Healing’s Project UnLonely Launches UnLonely Film Festival Season 6

NEW YORK, NY (May 3, 2022) – The Foundation for Art & Healing (FAH), a nonprofit, mission-driven organization that uses creative expression and the arts to address some of the most urgent public health issues today, is thrilled to announce the 6th Annual UnLonely Film Festival Launch Event on Sunday, June 5th at 7 PM ET. The annual virtual event will kick-off the film festival’s 6th season of 36 new, powerful short films focused on loneliness from a diversity of perspectives. The full season is available after the launch for a full year of streaming, sharing, and fostering conversation around loneliness and connection.

“Storytelling, no matter how personal, can connect us all. The UnLonely Film Festival celebrates the strength of creativity and our imaginations to bolster the human spirit,” explains Mike Paseornek, Past President, Production for Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Film Festival judge and co-host of the launch event.

Since 2016, FAH’s UnLonely Film Festival has brought national awareness to the epidemic of loneliness and offered solutions rooted in creative expression by showcasing the connecting power of film’s storytelling.  Now 6 years later, with over 100 videos, these free award-winning short films give a voice to the many faces of loneliness. By viewing UnLonely films together and sharing reactions to the stories, viewers feel more connected. The films provide a path towards greater empathy and understanding, opening up meaningful conversation and enabling authentic connection.

At this year’s UnLonely Film Festival launch event, the 3 Award Winning short films will be announced, and attendees will experience their powerful stories. The filmmakers will share their insights and inspiration with us, and we’ll get a sneak preview and sampling of the diverse films included in Season 6.

“We created Project UnLonely to help reduce the stigma and the burden of loneliness by encouraging people to tap into outlets for creative expression. Today, it is timelier than ever as people around the world struggle with the impact of social isolation. “We hope the UnLonely Film Festival offers viewers an opportunity to learn, laugh, cry, smile, and most importantly, connect,” explains Jeremy Nobel, MD, MPH, Founder and President of the Foundation for Art and Healing.

Visit https://unlonelyfilms.org for more information and to register for the upcoming virtual launch event.

ABOUT the Foundation for Art & Healing

The Foundation for Art & Healing (FAH) is a nonprofit, mission-driven organization that uses creative expression and the arts to address some of the most urgent public health issues today.  Rooted in medicine and science, FAH develops high impact, scalable programs that address the physical and mental health challenges of diverse populations including front-line healthcare workers, older adults, caregivers, those with major illness, employees, and college students. Its national, regional, and community-based partnerships enable effective and equitable program delivery, amplifying the powerful effect of using creativity and the arts to connect and heal. FAH created Project UnLonely to focus public awareness on the negative physical and mental health consequences of loneliness, and to develop and broaden the use of effective arts-based programming.   www.artandhealing.org

For more information on FAH and Project UnLonely, please contact: [email protected]

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