[Videonews] *New Release* THE INTERVENTIONISTS: CHRONICLES OF A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS TEAM

McGinty Dylan (D.McGinty@nfb.ca)
Wed, 19 Sep 2007 13:23:39 -0400

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Dear Videonews Subscribers,

Brandon is a specially trained police officer. Ellen is a mental health
nurse. Together, they ride the streets of the inner city in an unmarked
police car, responding to 911 calls involving "emotionally disturbed
persons" (EDP). THE INTERVENTIONISTS follows them as they try to reduce
the number of arrests and hospitalizations by community outreach. This
film was made through the NFB's "Filmmaker-In-Residence" program at an
urban hospital. For a behind-the-scenes look and clips see below.
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"A damn good film."=20
-London Commons

THE INTERVENTIONISTS CHRONICLES OF A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS TEAM
A Film By Katerina Cizek

Brandon and Ellen are on the frontlines of an innovative partnership
between an urban hospital and the police. By providing referrals,
services and resources within a patient's own community, they avoid
unnecessary arrests and emergency room visits. The team was created in
reaction to a investigation into the 1997 death of a man diagnosed with
schizophrenia, who, through a tragic misunderstanding, was shot to death
by police. =20
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After a 911 dispatcher sends them to "threatened suicides," "bizarre
behavior," "person gone berserk" or simply EDP,the team uses patience
and expertise to get at the underlying causes for the crisis and try to
prevent a hospitalization or arrest. "It's the new way," says Ellen,
"of creating a hospital without walls."

In a night, the team faces two threatened suicides, checks in on a
tenant convinced his neighbors are spying on him and investigates
numerous cases of violent behavior on the streets. Once the team
arrives on the scene, with time, patience and expertise, they peel away
at the labels, to get at the underlying causes for the crisis, revealing
the complex and often tragic situations in which people with mental
illnesses live. (2006, 33 min)

Click Here for Full Description
<http://nfb.ca/collection/films/fiche/index.php?id=3D54518>=20
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Click Here for iStore
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Dylan Maddox McGinty
U.S. Sales Manager

National Film Board of Canada
1123 Broadway, Suite 307
New York, NY 10010

Tel 212 629 8890
Fax 212 629 8502
Mob 347 873 5160
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Dear Videonews Subscribers,

Brandon is = a=20 specially trained police officer. Ellen is a mental health nurse. = Together, they=20 ride the streets of the inner city in an unmarked police car, responding = to 911=20 calls involving “emotionally disturbed persons” = (EDP).  THE=20 INTERVENTIONISTS follows them as they try to reduce the number of = arrests and=20 hospitalizations by community outreach.  This film was made through = the=20 NFB’s "Filmmaker-In-Residence" program at an=20 urban hospital.  For a behind-the-scenes look and clips = see=20 below.
 
"A damn good film.” =
–London=20 Commons

THE INTERVENTIONISTS=20 CHRONICLES OF A MENTAL = HEALTH CRISIS=20 TEAM
A Film By Katerina=20 Cizek

Brandon and Ellen are on the frontlines of = an=20 innovative partnership between an urban hospital and the police. By = providing=20 referrals, services and resources within a patient’s own = community, they=20 avoid unnecessary arrests and emergency room visits. The team was = created in=20 reaction to a investigation into the 1997 death of a man = diagnosed=20 with schizophrenia, who, through a tragic misunderstanding, was shot to = death by=20 police. 
 
After a 911 dispatcher sends them to =  “threatened=20 suicides,” “bizarre behavior,” “person gone = berserk” or simply EDP,the=20 team uses patience and expertise to get at the underlying causes = for the=20 crisis and try to prevent a hospitalization or arrest.  "It's the = new way,"=20 says Ellen, "of creating a hospital without walls."

In a night, = the team=20 faces two threatened suicides, checks in on a tenant convinced his = neighbors are=20 spying on him and investigates numerous cases of violent behavior on the = streets.  Once the team arrives on the scene, with time, patience = and=20 expertise, they peel away at the labels, to get at the underlying causes = for the=20 crisis, revealing the complex and often tragic situations in which = people with=20 mental illnesses live. (2006, 33 min)

Click Here for Full = Description
 
Click = Here for=20 iStore
 
Click Here for = Clips at the=20 Filmmaker in Residence Website
 
 

Dylan Maddox McGinty
U.S. Sales=20 Manager

National Film Board of Canada
1123 Broadway, Suite = 307
New=20 York, NY 10010

Tel 212 629 8890
Fax 212 629 8502
Mob 347 = 873=20 5160
Eml d.mcginty@nfb.ca

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