Redefining Normal in Youth
Ask Me How I Am is a documentary film project with accompanying curriculum that follows 3-4 young people through various stages of treatment for anxiety and depression. Their real-time, first-person stories of struggle and triumph, including video diaries, will be presented alongside analysis of the commonly held myths and stigmas about mental health, the science of the teenage brain, and a look at innovative treatments for teen mental health issues in the United States and around the world.
The film will also take a critical and insightful look into the role that parents, friends and educators plan during a young person’s journey through mental health and mental wellness. The stories presented will be authentic and surprising, heartbreaking and inspirational, but never sensationalized.
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Meet the Director
Producer & Director
Mimi Gan is an award-winning independent documentary director/writer, an Emmy award-winning reporter and co-principal of Mi2 Media, llc, a strategic communications company specializing in media projects for social good. Her historical documentary short, With Honors Denied, narrated by George Takei was a film festival audience and jury award winner and screened at a dozen film festivals including Tribeca, Maui and Palm Springs. She has been honored with 12 Emmys, 3 AWRT Gracie Awards and a NATPE Iris award.
Meet the Cinematographer
Producer & Cinematographer
Lulu Gargiulo, award-winning cinematographer and filmmaker, has shot dozens of commercials, music videos and documentaries including numerous shorts and features on PBS. Lulu was honored with the Neil Shipman Award of Excellence in Cinematography and she is a member of Northwest Film Forum and Women in Film.
Meet the Production Team
KATIE MCCULLOUGH SIMMONS
Katie McCullough Simmons has been a passionate advocate for suicide prevention since losing her brother to suicide when she was 16. Her brother Doug was a 21 year old student at UW when he took his own life. After a 20 year photography career in which she photographed such luminaries as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Desmund Tutu, and President Clinton she become part of the group who formed Forefront: innovations in suicide prevention, a dynamic nonprofit based out of the School of Social Work at the UW.
Lisa Wahbe holds a BA in English and Dramatic Art-Dance from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in Creative Writing from St. Mary’s College. She serves on the Forefront board as a writer and mental health advocate.
Scilla Andreen (Pronounced Sheila) is the CEO and Co-Founder of IndieFlix and the founder of the IndieFlix Foundation. She is an Emmy nominated Costume Designer and award-winning Producer of such films as Outpatient, The Flats, Bit Players, The Empowerment Project and the recently released Screenagers, a documentary about how much screen time is healthy. She is a popular speaker at Sundance, Cannes, CES, SXSW, Women in Film, and other major industry events. Scilla believes film is the most powerful medium on the planet. Her mission is to use film to start conversations that become movements that can change the world for the better.