Free Local Screenings of The S Word

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Upcoming screenings are scheduled for The S Word, a documentary about suicide written and produced by a group of former Detroiters. The film, which received a Voice Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a life-affirming production that aims to remove the stigma from discussing suicide and depression and create a community conversation that can help those who are contemplating suicide.

The S Word features stories from survivors of suicide attempts as well as families who have lost loved ones to suicide.

The film is directed by Lisa Klein, a Southfield native who co-owns MadPix Inc., an independent production company in Los Angeles, with her husband, Doug Blush, who serves as producer and supervising editor. Josh Bayer, who grew up in Farmington Hills, is the editor.

“We want to take away the stigma, shame and secrecy of suicide,” said Klein, who co-directed Of Two Minds, an award-winning 2012 documentary about bipolar disorder.

The film is showing in cities across the country, with a panel of experts in the field of suicide and mental health speaking and answering questions after each screening.

Locally, free screenings are from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Emagine Theatre Royal Oak and from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, at Robertson Auditorium at the Ross School of Business, 701 Tappan Ave., Ann Arbor. Tickets can be reserved at theswordmovie.com.

Additional showings are planned for the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield Township and on Thursday, Nov. 9, at a location to be determined.

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