From infancy to adulthood, a young girl struggles to overcome a disorder few can see and even fewer understand.
UNTITLED: A Girl's Journey
This animated short film follows the life of a young woman from birth to the workforce battling the many faces that major depressive disorder possesses and the ruthlessness of this condition towards her. Despite the tenacity and resolve she displays throughout her academic years, she runs on fumes and lives in dejection as a CEO in corporate America. It is only with outside help and understanding that derails the inevitability of her outcome.
From the cradle to the workforce, major depressive disorder is ubiquitous. It is a secretive condition, hidden in plain sight. This work was created with young children in mind who may not have the tools or language to express exactly what they are feeling and why. UNTITLED: A GIRL’S JOURNEY is a visual essay of personal encounters with this disorder.
Starting a conversation with a friend, coworker, or loved one about depression can be uncomfortable at best and intrusive at its worst. However, entertainment can both polarize and unify; it encourages passionate debates and can bring about a sense of nostalgia. I hope A Girl’s Journey will be used as an open door; creating a way to address mental health, specifically in underserved communities. With this creative work, Canary Entertainment Studios would like to add to the growing number of mental health resources for schools, counselors, and families. Through various partnerships with the mental health community, the goal is to package depression in an understandable and less scary way for children and adolescents.
Creative Minds, Strong Hearts workshop, is a unique and engaging cross-county program designed to help children and teens understand and cope with depression. A program created in an effort to contribute to the growing number of students within the public school system struggling with depression. Recognizing the importance of addressing mental health at an early age, we have developed this workshop specifically for children and teens in Georgia, with a focus on the counties of DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett, and Fulton. With the consultation of a licensed therapist, we have carefully created an age-appropriate film that sensitively portrays the topic of depression, taking into account the emotional vulnerability of our young audience.
ABOUT THE CREATOR
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, my passion for animated content and film developed early. I grew up watching Public Broadcasting Television and almost anything animated. Inspired by the music used in animation and film, my educational journey led me to pursue studies at esteemed institutions such as Interlochen Center for the Arts, The Juilliard School, and private opera studies at Emory University.
For over a decade, my passions for music and media led me to share my knowledge as an educator and voice-over actor. However, my vision ultimately led to the establishment of Canary Entertainment Studios—a children’s entertainment company.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU
It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a team to build a film. This fiscal sponsorship has open doors to opportunities that would not have been possible without it. Thank you Hope Givers for giving this girl’s journey hope.