Whether or not you were able to make a contribution, we appreciate your willingness to be
part of this evening with us. If you are a panelist in the discussion portion, you have received
a separate e-mail with a special link to join the Zoom Webinar. If you are joining as a participant,
please use the credentials below to access the screening and discussion tomorrow evening,
Thursday, November 5th, at 7:00 PM.
“Scattering CJ” Virtual Screening & Discussion Invitation
Film runtime: 60 minutes
Discussion will begin immediately after the film
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
Dial-in (for audio only): 1-646-558-8656
Webinar ID: 857 7275 6625
NAMI Bucks County PA and the Bucks County Suicide Prevention Task Force are proud to announce the upcoming virtual screening of Spark Media’s latest documentary feature Scattering CJ on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 7:00 PM EST. This screening will be followed by a special Q&A with Hallie Twomey. The film has screened for capacity audiences across the country and has helped spark an essential conversation about mental health and suicide prevention. The feature-length documentary follows Hallie Twomey, her family, and their extraordinary efforts to heal following the traumatic loss of their eldest son CJ to suicide.
“My son’s suicide killed the person I was before. Yet, it’s also driven me to action.”
A Spark Media production written, produced and directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Andrea Kalin, the Scattering CJ story, both uplifting and raw, examines how military recruit CJ’s memory is kept alive through the kindness of strangers willing to scatter his ashes in a place of meaning and beauty throughout the world. Hallie kindled the social media phenomenon known as Scattering CJ through an open request on Facebook for assistance in helping memorialize her son.
The request went viral and was answered by more than 20,000 people, igniting a global movement that not only helped the Twomey family but countless others struggling with mental illness, or the loss of a loved one to suicide.
“There is no ‘good news story’ when it comes to suicide,” says Andrea Kalin, the film’s director. “But the innate goodness Hallie hit upon when she put out that call to the world on Facebook remains profoundly moving and inspiring to us. Hallie trusted our team to chronicle her family’s story during a period of unimaginable loss, and we never took that trust lightly. Her story illustrates the extraordinary bonds formed among strangers through social media and is a much-needed antidote to the darker side of the Internet.”
“The process of making this film has only reinforced for me a thousand times over that we are all responsible for our state of mental health as a society,” says David Lobatto, the film’s producer. “To assert that you will never be affected by mental illness, directly or indirectly, throughout your lifetime is like saying you will never catch a cold or cut your finger. It is through the incredible endeavors of people like Hallie Twomey and the prowess of activists like Andrea Kalin that shame can be driven out of the subject, and the tools to get help for people in need can be most widely and effectively deployed.”
Scattering CJ is reaching beyond the screen to people from all walks of life, with special focus directed to the military community and youth—both groups at high risk for mental health issues and suicide. Activities to engage communities include expert panel discussions, on-demand screenings, live performances, mental health first aid trainings, Capitol Hill rallies and Facebook Live sessions to connect people all over the world.
Scattering CJ and its social impact program will roll out over the next two years, with screening events and programming in major cities across the United States and abroad. The American Association of Suicidology and other partners working in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention have endorsed the project.
Attending the Screening
Stay tuned to this page where we’ll post the screening and Q&A links. Save the date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 7:00 PM EST.