Studio Park hosts film screening, community conversation on mental health

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“Same Difference” follows a young woman, played by Essence Atkins, who is told that her death is imminent by a mysterious group of people who all start dying one by one. Courtesy Datari Turner Productions

A free, outdoor film screening and community conversation on mental health and addiction is taking place at Celebration Cinema’s Studio Park.

The event will begin with a special screening of Datari Turner Productions’ critically acclaimed film “Same Difference.”

“Same Difference” follows a young woman, played by Essence Atkins, who is told that her death is imminent by a mysterious group of people who all start dying one by one. She becomes compelled to let go of the past and reconcile with her estranged twin sister, also played by Atkins, who is suffering from alcohol addiction.

This American Black Film Festival selection is directed by Derege Harding and executive produced by Grand Rapids natives Jash’d Belcher and Jamal Chilton.

The conversation on mental health and addiction will be moderated by city commissioners Joe Jones and Nate Moody. Panelists include Dr. Peter Hahn, CEO of Metro Health-University of Michigan Health; Dr. Mark Eastburg, president of Pine Rest; and Omar Flores, LMSW.

The event is sponsored by Metro Health-University of Michigan Health, HBCU Power and Zion’s Dream.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, and the movie will begin at 1 p.m. Celebration Cinema Studio Park is located at 123 Ionia Ave. SW.

Register for this free event at eventbrite.com.

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