The short film Struggles Within about depression and told entirely through dance is set to premiere at the Chatham Kent Film Festival on Saturday April 22nd. The film is a collaboration between Chatham based IME Films and Port Stanley based m & s Marshall Productions. The film is written and directed by Corrinne Wood. When asked about the film Wood had this to say “mental illness is something really near and dear to my heart, and this film is designed to show an audience who may not be struggling with a mental illness what kind of daily struggles really goes on inside the mind of someone struggling with depression.”
This short film is told entirely through dance with no words. It is an emotional look at one young women’s struggle with depression, and her choice as to whether she wants to continue to live. That young women is played by St Thomas Native Katie Ostojic who feels dancing in this film is a wonderful opportunity to do what she loves the most, to dance. “Being part of this film is an opportunity to inspire others, especially youth” says Ostojic when talking about her role in the film. She goes on to say, “The story about overcoming demons in our lives and finding hope, is one I know well, and It’s an honour for me to tell this story through the art dance. Hope changes everything”.
The cast of the film also features Camryne Quinn who plays Depression. The principle cast is rounded out by another St Thomas native in Morgan Flanagan who plays the role of Hope. The rest of the cast is made up of a number of dancers from St. Thomas, London and Chatham Area. Including: Julia Hunter Olivia Torrance, Talitha Wood, Elizabeth White, Bianca Sinclair, Abby Johnston, Amy Krosnicki, Nia Wood, Ashley Wood.
The film was shot in St Thomas and area in the August and September of 2016. The film is an Official selection at the Chatham Kent Film Festival and this will be the premiere of the film. But this is more than just a film for the creative team and those who danced in it. Struggles Within is about talking about the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Depression. With more than 300 million people who are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. It is an issue that those as part of the film wish to bring to the front lines and talk about. Especially since it is also one of the most stigmatized condition, and misconceptions are very common.
Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and impacts on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks, with sometimes devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends and the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.
The premiere is on Saturday April 22nd @ 2 pm at the Chatham Cultural Centre. Located at 75 William Street North, Chatham Ontario. But the creative team hopes this is but the first of many times the film is shown. They hope it can open up conversations to discuss the social issue of depression.
For more information about the premiere and the Chatham film festival see the event pages on line at
Struggles Within Premiere: https://www.facebook.com/events/1984801241750870/
Chatham Kent Film Festival https://www.facebook.com/events/319328395078126/
Or go to the Chatham Kent FIlm Festival Web page. http://ckfilmfestival.ca/