This new quarterly film series will feature films focusing on issues related to teen wellness in the areas of health, mental health, sexual health, and substance use and abuse—creating a community forum for education, communication, understanding, and awareness. Each screening will be followed by an in-depth panel discussion with filmmakers, film subjects, and/or subject area experts. Participants will leave with a set of discussion questions to support ongoing dialogue between parents and teens about these sensitive and important issues.
*A portion of the proceeds for this series will go to support Tamalpais Union High School District (TUHSD) Wellness Centers.

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TUESDAY, NOV. 27  •  6:30

After a childhood of mounting anxiety, depression, and eating disorders, Maris is hospitalized to confront her illnesses. Struggling to cope once released, she finds solace in the healing powers of therapy, art, and yoga, becoming an instructor at just 16 and using her blog to promote self-acceptance.

Discussion will follow screening with guests:
Laura VanZee Taylor, director, I Am Maris
Sharon Degener, film subject (Maris’ mother)
Elizabeth Scott, founder, Body Positive
Caitlin Severin, therapist, Bay Area Community Resources
Jenni Wendell, film subject (Maris’ yoga mentor)


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TUESDAY, MARCH 12  •  6:30

To be a man today, says filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom, is to fight for success and sex, to reject empathy, and to never cry. The result is often depression, anxiety and violence. Through interviews with youth program leaders, psychologists, sociologists and candid male middle schoolers, the film examines the problems caused by societal expectations of male stoicism. Boys are four times more likely to be expelled from school, with suicide being the third leading cause of death. Both young men and experts weigh in, offering tactics for how we can raise a healthier generation. Director: Jennifer Siebel Newsom. (US 2015) 97 min.

Followed by panel discussion featuring film subjects and issue experts


CFI Education is building the next generation of filmmakers and film lovers through its creative film programs for Bay Area students, serving more than 8,000 young people per year as well as hundreds of educators, adults, and families. Featuring a rich program of screenings, events, seminars, and hands-on workshops, CFI Education introduces students to the power of film, promotes global awareness, fosters media literacy, develops critical thinking skills and lays the foundation for a lifelong appreciation of cinema.

TUHSD Wellness Centersoffers specialized support for teens at their high schools including health, mental health, substance use/abuse and sexual health services and education. TUHSD Wellness offers both direct services (1:1 + group services) as well as school wide prevention and educational programs for students. TUHSD Wellness partners with a wide array of local community organizations to provide expertise and support to our teens. Learn more at the  TUHSD Wellness website