Culver City Film Festival: Coming Up for Air film screening

Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Time: 12 to 3 pm
Place: Cinemark 18 at the Howard Hughes Center, 6081 Center Drive, Los Angeles, California

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About the film

The winner of nine awards at American and international film festivals, Coming Up For Air has been praised by mental health and suicide prevention groups as a relatable and believable drama touching families everywhere.  

This Robert Cicchini directed film, with breakout performances by Deborah Staples and Yi, is launching a national conversation about the significant role caregivers play in helping friends, colleagues, family and lovers find recovery from mental illness. The myCinema nationally distributed film has screened across the country to impressive audiences.

Coming Up for Air tells the story of ceramic artist Anna Russell and her son Stan, a straight A college student and diving champion who is seeking an spot on the men’s 10m Olympic diving team. The pressure and stress to succeed in his high-stakes athletic competition while maintaining good grades and a social life begin taking their toll. Stan starts to unravel, quits the team, and disappears.  It’s up to his mother to track him down and bring him back to wellness. The film takes audiences on an all-too-common journey, highlighting the pressures that are put upon teenagers to succeed and on parents to cope.

The film has already won nine awards and been selected at eight festivals in the United States, India, and Italy. The film’s trailer is at

Panel discussion

Led by Rogers Behavioral Health, a panel discussion after the noon screening will focus on the key role caregivers play in helping those in need receive the timely treatment they need. Director Robert Cicchini, costar Chase Yi, producer Roger Rapoport, and editor Gene Gamache will join Rogers Behavioral Health Clinical Director R. Lindsey Bergman, PhD for the post screening panel.

Learn more

For more information about this event read the press release here

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