November 30, 2012
Alderney Landing Theatre
Dartmouth, NS

Atlantic Minds Wide Open 2012 is Coming November 30!

November 17, 2012: Just a couple weeks left! Head over to the Schedule page to read up on the components of the day, we've just listed the Shorts Session content - all the cool stuff is in the links at the left side of that page.

November 1, 2012: Lots of great things percolating as we enter the month of Atlantic Minds Wide Open. We're nailing down our shorts sessions as filmmakers around Nova Scotia and the world tinker with their final stages of editing. And we'll be announcing our afternoon panel sessions soon also / we're delighted to have mental health advocate / blogger / poet and Halifax-native Michael Kimber on board with us a moderator.

Thx to Creative Badger Services & Connections Halifax for their work on the clip touting our event, above.

We have a bit of room left in the Real to Reel session 4:30 - 5:45 in the Theatre Lobby, bringing filmmakers together with health and community organizations - get a hold of us via the Contact page here if you'd like to hear more and perhaps be a delegate.

Tickets will be going on sale next week at Alderney - same deal as last year: $15 for the day or any part of it. If you can't come but want to help others get there, you can donate at the Mental Health Foundation of NS website.

We'll be getting some cool posters & postcards out around town the next few weeks to catch your eye - the poster was a team effort created by NSCAD grad Alison Sanford with a group of mental health clients. The postcard was created by local artist Maria Valverde. Graphic design wiz Megan Green worked her magic on the final mix - you can view the poster by clicking the PDF at the bottom of the page - watch for this around town!

We're continuing to update our Sponsors page, as we've made some great new connections with the Lord Nelson Hotel, Creative Badger Services , CarShareHFX and others.

We are very pleased to be able to present My Name is Faith in the evening portion of the festival this year; find out more here. This is a fabulous film about family, attachment, parenting and the ways powerful change can be realized within individuals, families and communities. Director Tif Sudela-Junker and her daughter, Faith, will be flying in from Seattle to join us.

A second fantastic feature-length film will be on the schedule for the afternoon this year, A Walk in My Dream. This is a film produced by Jonathan Torrens that recounts the powerful experiences of harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens and the process of his involvement with at-risk First Nations youth in Labrador. This a film you will not soon forget.

We are also honoured to have Halifax poet, recording artist and filmmaker Tanya Davis with us to host the evening's proceedings. See one of Tanya's more renowned collaborations, with filmmaker Andrea Dorfman,  here. ...and visit her website here.

Otherwise, we continue to work away at updating the website for our second annual Atlantic Minds Wide Open on Friday November 30, 2012 at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth. Please check back regularly to see what is new - and feel free to check in with us on Facebook, Twitter or via the 'Contact' page here on the website - we have lots of cool stuff to tell you about in the next several weeks, it's going to be another super event....

You can get an idea about what we have in store by visiting the Archive: 2011 Schedule & Details page for a recap of last year's event.

Watch for a very big announcement before long as we tell you about our featured film; we'll be bringing in a significant film on themes of mental wellness, family and community for its Atlantic Canada premiere.

We'll also be joined this year by poet, drama therapist and filmmaker Laura Burke, who is closely involved with the planning this year - you can expect some new material from her at the event - until then, enjoy "Superhero", her project from a couple of years ago that was a big hit the audience last year.


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