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OCD Film Fest: Volume 3

October 9, 2023 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

OCD Film Fest Vol. 3 OCD Awareness Week 2023 October 8th - 14th.

🎬 Join us for the OCD Film Fest! Hosted by dynamic duo, Ethan Smith and Melissa Marquez, this festival celebrates the power of OCD storytelling through film. Get ready to be captivated by a diverse selection of thought-provoking and emotionally resonant films that will leave you in awe and Q&A with the films’ creators. 🍿🎥 Don’t miss out on this unforgettable event! #OCDweek

Content warning: Some of the films being screened contain graphic scenes, violence, and blood. Please watch with care.

Films and creators:
The Other Mind — Andy Cruz
What if? — Robin Roblee-Strauss (Summer Contreras will be participating in Q&A)
A Secret Battle — Selena Pesantez

The Other Mind Poster #1
Andrew is suddenly haunted with intrusive thoughts about murdering his girlfriend. After she actually turns up dead, he doesn’t know if he killed her or not.
A Secret Battle Poster
Mary battles Obsessive Compulsive Disorder every day, but when there’s a mistake in her usual routine, will her fear become too much for her to handle?
A BFA student film from University of Central Florida – 2021
What if poster
“what if?” is a film project that has come out of my own struggle with obsessive-compulsive
disorder (OCD) and anxiety. It is a collective telling of an experience, an audio-visual collage
consisting of hand-painted 16mm film, archival footage, audio samples from theoretical and
philosophical lectures and interview testimonies from therapists and people living with OCD.
The goal of the film is to articulate this commonly misunderstood struggle by giving voice to
those with the diagnosis as the experts of their own internal experience. The approach and
intention was to make a collaborative film that engaged and involved subjects to express
what they think is important to address in a movie about OCD. I wanted this film to invite
a larger discussion regarding the way we think about and treat mental illness in America,
and how this affects how it is experienced. I chose to include a critical thread throughout
the film that challenges our culture’s compulsive need to label, categorize, and diagnose
neurodiversity while at the same time honoring the importance treatment has on relieving
suffering from those living with a chronic disability.


October 9, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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