Voices From Within premieres locally


Our new documentary, VOICES FROM WITHIN, will premiere with two local screenings and filmmaker-led panel discussions in Washington, D.C. The film explores the complicated process of recovery and redemption through the experiences of four individuals in care at Saint Elizabeths psychiatric hospital.

The first screening will be held at Saint Elizabeths Hospital on November 6, 2013 and the second at The Goethe Institute on November 13, 2013. Both screenings start at 7pm and end at 9pm, after a panel discussion with the audience and experts in the field of mental health. The screenings are open to the public. While suggested donations will be accepted at The Goethe Institute screening, the event held at Saint Elizabeths is free.

Found not guilty by reason of insanity, Lew, Calvin, Jimmy, and Kevin share what it’s like to have spent a collective 160 years in one of the nation's oldest mental institutions. By putting cameras directly into their hands, the filmmakers help them to share their lives with the audience and their ongoing struggle to leave the hospital and transition back into the community. Catholic University Professor of Social Sciences, Melissa Grady, says:

"This is a film that will provide community members as well as those who work with individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system a unique glimpse into some of the individual and systemic challenges such individuals face as they come to terms with their past and simultaneously seek to plan for a different future."

Award-winning filmmakers Ellie Walton and Joy Haynes bring years of creative experience together for this feature film. Ellie Walton is a filmmaker and educator, dedicated to building and sharing intimate stories as transformational acts that reveal and inspire. Ellie is a recipient of the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Award, the highest honor given to individual artists and organizations in Washington, DC. Joy Haynes is a producer and actress and holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. The film is a co-production with Meridian Hill Pictures and co-produced by Brandon Kramer and Lance Kramer.

If you would like more information about these events or film, or to schedule an interview with the filmmakers, please call Abigail Maravalli at 412/400-3518 or email: abbiemaravalli (at) gmail.com.

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