March 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
‘Almost Sunrise’ Film Screening & Community Conversation
The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley is honored to partner with
ILLUMINATE Film Festival and Sedona International Film Festival
to co-present a series of four films on wellness,
paired with compassionate community conversations.
The films will be shown throughout the year and screenings will be followed by audience discussion / Q&A.
Our first film is Almost Sunrise, an award-winning documentary which follows two Iraq veterans, Tom Voss and Anthony Anderson, both tormented by depression for years after they returned home and pushed to the edge of suicide. The two embark on an extraordinary journey – a 2,700 mile walk across the country from Wisconsin to California, in order to reflect on their haunting experiences of war and ultimately, to save themselves. Redemption, acceptance and spiritual healing are a part of their inspiring journey.
The film also acts as an urgent call for communities to better understand these deep-seated psychic wounds, and for the government to acknowledge and finally treat moral pain by using methods other than pills. “Almost Sunrise” deftly and movingly demonstrates the promise of holistic healing practices is on the horizon in a way that we cannot afford to ignore.
Our community conversation panelists are Felicia French, Dr. Jerry Wesch and C.M. Halstead
Felicia French is a combat veteran, helicopter pilot, registered nurse, educator and a candidate for the House in the Arizona State Legislature. She worked her way up the ranks from a Private to a Colonel in her 32 years serving in the United States Army, as a combat helicopter pilot and medic, to a nurse manager and senior medical advisor, and through mentoring at-risk youth to teaching. Felicia is a strong advocate for veteran’s affairs and was recognized in her community as “Volunteer of the Year” in 2016 for her role in the Take Pride Pine & Strawberry Project. She also supports her community by volunteering with the local Civil Air Patrol, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, Community Emergency Response Team, and the Sierra Club. Felicia’s current pride and joy come from continuing her education through her travels around the world with her daughter Anna.
Dr. Jerry Wesch has been a Psychologist for 45 years, focused on holistic treatment of trauma, chronic health issues and pain. He started his career with the US Air Force in 1970 and retired from the US Army as a DOD-Civilian in 2015. He directed a very successful PTSD program. In between, he was an NIH Co-Investigator with an HIV/AIDS project and directed Chronic Pain clinics & Health Psychology programs. Working with persons coping with chronic health problems and trauma is his favorite part of being a psychologist.
C.M. Halstead is an author, Marine veteran and adventurer on a mission to serve his fellow veterans. His coming of age military fiction novel “Earned Innocence” follows the journey of one soldier from lost youth to boot camp, giving the reader insight into the training of our soldiers to missions and finally, many years later a battle to the death to gain the innocence that was lost and can only be earned for oneself. Veterans, first responders, active military and civilians are saying “Earned Innocence” is exactly the wake-up call they have been waiting for… bring our warriors home and empower them to live the freedom they have EARNED. It’s a triumphant story that empowers all of us to be better and do better, to fight the battle with integrity and come back whole.
Date & Time: March 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 W AZ-89A, Sedona
Tickets: $12 per person, available at Mary D. Fisher Theater box office or online, click here
Details: For more details about the film, click here
Film trailer: To view the trailer, click here
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