Stuck at Home (together)
Dim the Lights and Push Play
In addition to providing an important escape from our hectic day-to-day lives, watching films can help us process and learn life lessons as well as provide an emotional release that can elevate moods. Dr. Birgit Wolz, a psychotherapist and proponent of cinema therapy, points to imagery, plot, and music, among other elements, in films as being a great source for insight, inspiration, and emotional relief.
Our team is sharing a couple of picks every week from our UnLonely Film Festival to get your reaction and spark a conversation. Take a look and leave your comments below!
The Tables gives us a look at how two outdoor ping pong tables in the heart of New York City have played a pivotal role in creating community among an unlikely group of people from all walks of life.
In the film, we get to know individuals who have experienced isolation, addiction, violence, and even homelessness, but have all found a ‘heaven’ or sense of solace in the midst of the ping pong tables. Through their shared passion of the game, players find a common ground and a safe place where they can experience comradery, humor, and support, free of charge.
Did you appreciate anything in particular about the community around the ping pong tables? Is there an activity in your life that helps you feel part of a community similar to the tables? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Agent of Connection
A portrait of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station agent William Cromartie who greets 4,000 Oakland commuters every day with a hug, a fist-bump, or a handshake. Transcending barriers so that we can better know and care about each other, this man of accomplishment and a winning philosophy feels he has the best job in the world.
Is there someone in your day-to-day life that always has a smile or a greeting for you? Who do you respond warmly to whenever you see them? Let us know in the comments below.
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Stuck at Home (together)!
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The Stuck at Home (together) initiative is partially funded through the generous support of:
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The mission of the Foundation for Art & Healing is to promote creative arts expression as a means to improve health and well-being for individuals and communities. Our signature program, The UnLonely Project, broadens public awareness of the negative physical and mental health consequences of loneliness associated with a wide range of living conditions and circumstances while also exploring and promoting creative arts-based approaches to reduce the burden.
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