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Out of the Shadow


Program Description

Filmed over five years, out of the shadow chronicles the filmmaker’s mother, Millie, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. With grace and compassion, this intimate film illustrates the painful complexities of severe mental illness and the woefully inadequate public health system set up to deal with it. A story of madness and dignity, shame and love, out of the shadow illuminates a national plight through one family’s struggle and powerfully helps to dispel the stigmas and misconceptions surrounding this harrowing illness. out of the shadow is produced by Vine Street Pictures in association with Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) and distributed by American Public Television (APT) Funding has been provided, in part, by the David C. and Lura M. Lovell Foundation, Pfizer, Aetna Behavioral Health and Janssen L.P.

For more information, please visit http://www.outoftheshadow.com/

Premiere

Special re-broadcast on major market public television stations during Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 1–8, 2006. Premiered nationally on public television stations in May 2006.

Press Materials

Press Release - September 2006

Press Release - January 2006

Producer Susan Smiley - Bio

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The young Millie was bright, beautiful and charismatic, but over the years the progression of her illness eclipsed the women she once was.

The young Millie was bright, beautiful and charismatic, but over the years the progression of her illness eclipsed the women she once was.

Millie and her Daughters.

Alan Smiley

Millie and her Daughters.

Reflecting on the Public Health System.

Phil Parmet

Reflecting on the Public Health System.

Filmmaker and her Mother, Millie.

Susan Smiley

Filmmaker and her Mother, Millie.

 

 

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