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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, October 6, 2022

Film reels

First hour: Previewing the Reel Mind Theatre & Film Series, and discussing efforts to eliminate stigma tied to mental illness

Second hour: Discussing Indigenous Peoples' Day

A local theater and film series dedicated to eliminating stigma tied to mental illness is back. The Reel Mind Theatre & Film Series runs weekly from October 11 through November 1. This year’s documentaries and performances follow three participants in a mental health court probation program in Chicago; a woman’s journey into and out of severe depression; and a trauma therapy program dedicated to helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Our guests preview the series and discuss how to raise awareness of mental health challenges and treatment. Our guests:

  • Larry Guttmacher, M.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, and co-director of the Reel Mind Theatre & Film Series
  • Margaret Byrne, director of “Any Given Day”
  • Adina Taubman, writer of and performer in “The Road Back”

Then in our second hour, Monday, October 10, 2022 will be the first official Indigenous Peoples' Day in the City of Rochester. This summer, City Council unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the day. A number of local events will celebrate Indigenous Peoples and their culture. We also explore reporting by WXXI’s Noelle Evans about efforts to revive the Seneca language, and investigations into Indian boarding schools. Our guests:

  • Ronnie Pollack, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Eagle Clan, and co-chair of the our Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee
  • Kathy Castania, co-chair of the our Indigenous Peoples' Day Committee
  • Jamie Jacobs, Seneca Nation
  • Noelle Evans, education reporter for WXXI News
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.