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Self-harm is a topic that is greatly misunderstood, and rarely talked about. Independent film documentary maker Monica Zinn wants to help change this.
Monica Zinn is hoping to raise $7, 000 on IndieGoGo so that she can create a film documentary called Self-Inflicted. The purpose of this documentary is to not only shed light on self-harm, but to start an open and honest discussion about this mental health issue that affects up to 23% of our youth.
This is not Zinn’s first documentary.
Her first documentary, Perfection, which tackled eating disorders, made the independent film festival rounds, and won Best Documentary for the Virginia Student Film Festival.
When Zinn created Perfection, she was a high school student, fortunate to have unlimited access to the equipment and supports necessary to create a short film. Now that Zinn is in college, she needs outside support in order to create a very needed documentary.
Aside from interviewing people who self-harm, and their friends and family, Zinn is going to be interviewing mental health professionals, including Janis Whitlock, PHD, the Head of Research for Self-Injurious Behavior at Cornell University.
Self-harm is a issue that is near and dear to my heart. Like many of us, I grew up with people who self-harm. Today, I have firsthand experiences with youth who self-harm.
Self-Inflicted is a film that I would really like see supported. If you are unable to contribute to the IndieGoGo campaign, Zinn has listed a number of other ways in which you can help. These include:
- Sharing the IndieGoGo campaign.
- If you are an independent musician, create music that can be used in the documentary.
- If you self-harm, or are a professional in the mental health field who deals with youth who self-harm, contact Monica Zinn through her website to find out how you can become involved in the making of this documentary.
- If you have other skills that would be beneficial to this project, such as graphic design, offer the use of your services.
To find out more about Self-Inflicted, visit Monica Zinn’s IndieGoGo campaign.
Together, we can help give a voice to those who suffer in silence.