Farmington Hills, MI (February 14, 2017) – Farmington-Hills based nonprofit organization kickstART farmington announces the opening film for the 2017 Greater Farmington Film Festival.

The 2017 Greater Farmington Film Festival is pleased to announce that Keith Famie’s documentary film “Death is Not the Answer” will open the festival with a screening on Thursday, March 2nd, at 7:30 pm at the Smith Theatre at Oakland Community College in Farmington Hills (27055 Orchard Lake Rd).

“Death Is Not the Answer”, from 11-time Emmy Award winner Keith Famie, unearths the roots of depression and explores the reasons for suicidal tendencies. The film examines the tragic nature of suicide while conveying the message that death is not the answer, and features many of the nation’s most respected mental health professionals.

The film also offers enlightened thoughts of how we can find contentment and happiness through mind-body health, diet and music. It explores the world of firefighters, first responders and police, while veterans and current military help the audience better understand PTSD and the difficulties of living with life-changing injuries. In the end, the film offers hope and a much deeper understanding about depression and what leads to suicide.

Director Keith Famie will be in attendance and participate in a Q & A and panel discussion following the film. Keith will be joined by a number of individuals featured in the film, including Melvin G McInnis, MD (Professor of Psychiatry at University of Michigan), singer-song writer Stewart Francke, Gail Urso (founder of “Kevin’s Song” and Executive Producer), Rabbi Daniel Syme (Executive Producer and founder of “A Single Soul”, a crisis intervention and youth suicide program), Samantha Steckloff (breast cancer survivor), Tarah Hipple (student of social work and survivor of suicide), and Elise Boyd (a teen survivor of suicide).

“Death Is Not the Answer” premiered on DPTV on Friday, November 11th. The film will premiere on PBS throughout the state of Michigan later in 2017. The film was produced in association with Kevin’s Song and KnowResolve, two 501(c)(3) organizations dedicated to mental health and suicide awareness. To learn more about the film visit

“The film beautifully captures the effects of suicide and, in particular, how it affects the family of suicide victims. My hope is this film helps to inform the general public about how common and devastating suicide is in America and motivates people to push researchers, clinicians and policy makers to come up with solutions to this urgent crisis.”

Srijan Sen, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical School
Research Associate Professor, Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute

“This film is important to the general public as it sheds light on aproblem that many are either not aware of, or when confronted with depression and risk for suicide, do not know where to turn, do not know if there is a way out…the answer is that death is NOT the answer…life is.”

David. R. Rosenberg, M.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences
Psychiatrist in Chief
Wayne State University and the Detroit Medical Center

“The finished version of this documentary was even better than Icould have imagined. The deeply personal stories, important medical/scientific information and the overall message of understanding and hope will change minds and save lives.”

Kathleen Stevens
Director of Marketing and Development
National Network of Depression Centers

The Greater Farmington Film Festival takes place March 2-5, 2017 with a selection of recently released films that engage the heart and mind, explore important contemporary issues, and inspire action: good films for a better world. Tickets are on sale now at and are $6 each or a full festival pass can be purchased for $30 (6 films for the price of 5).

The Greater Farmington Film Festival is cosponsored by kickstART Farmington, Oakland Community College, Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Civic Theater, the Cultural Arts Division of Farmington Hills, Farmington Community Library, the Friends of the Farmington Community Library.

More information about the festival is available at

kickstART farmington is a non-profit arts organization that aims to strengthen the community through the arts.

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