Directing Change

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First place winning team from Analy High School in the Suicide Prevention Category with Director Bradley Buecker and Actor Max Adler.

RSVP for the Directing Change Award Ceremony on May 19th

We hope you can join us for this inspiring event to recognize our student film makers! Please note that there is limited space and RSVP is required. To RSVP for the 2015 award ceremony on May 19th, 2015 click here:


Tuesday May 19th, 2015 from 4 pm to 6 pm
(Doors open at 3:15 PM)
~ Screening of Films
~ Award Program and Announcement of Winners
~ Meet & Greet


Crest Theater
1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA


To RSVP for the 2015 award ceremony on May 19th, 2015 click here:

The 2014 ceremony was filmed, edited and produced by a student film team from Pleasant Valley High School in Butte County, led by their advisor Michael Peck.  View the film here:

2014 Award Ceremony

2014 Statewide Winners Announced in Directing Change Video Contest on Mental Health Matters Day

More than 600 students, families and mental health advocates gathered at the Crest Theatre in Sacramento on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 13 to celebrate the achievements of nearly 996 student filmmakers who participated in CalMHSA’s second annual Directing Change Video Contest.

You can read the full story here.

If you are experiencing an emotional crisis, are thinking about suicide or are concerned about a friend call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately: 1-800-273-8255This is a free 24-hour hotline.
The contest is part of Each Mind Matters: California's Mental Health Movement and statewide efforts to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. These initiatives are funded by counties through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63) and administered by the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA), an organization of county governments working to improve mental health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. The program is implemented by Your Social Marketer, Inc.
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