Director Hart Ginsburg has been around lately, for all the right reasons. His latest film Healing was recently screened at the Montreal Independent Film Festival to free applause. As the world hardened into two polarized viewpoints around the pandemic, Ginsburg chose to create a film that looked through the eyes of a doctor trying to make as much sense of the unknown as anyone else. ‘other.
The end result is a movie asking bigger questions about who decides how deep we can dive into someone’s mental state and how long we can stay there as a professional rather than a friend.
Intentional creator of space
In 2015, director Ginsburg founded Digital Tapestries in response to his experiences as a psychotherapist. Aiming to meet the diverse needs of his clients through interactive books and short films, he quickly expanded his visual material by developing a workshop format. It has started offering film screenings as well as round tables.
Along with its workshops, the production company’s films and books seek to encourage participants to go beyond a surface response by creating a more candid and meaningful dialogue in pursuit of a more human connection.
Since its inception, Digital Tapestries has grown beautifully into a team of artists and professionals who draw inspiration from digital media, art, social work, psychotherapy and communications.
Despite all the angst of the pandemic, movies like Purple umbrella, 36 Hats, and Manos clarify the mission of Digital Tapestries: the human condition is something to be taken seriously, which deserves to be protected in an ever-changing way.
Well of inspiration
âInspired by Chaplin, I strive to artistically portray the trials of ordinary people. At the same time, I try to mix touches of humor to give viewers moments to find something reflective and hopefully joyful that they can bring to their daily lives. said the director.
As isolation and belonging are cornerstones of mental health discussions, the pandemic has given rise to more than few inspiration to crash. Healing in the field of introspective psychological dramatic comedy.
âAs vaccines became more accessible last spring, we worked on our first film since the pandemic with our team, a grateful surprise that we couldn’t expect. Said Ginsburg. âHealing explores feelings of emptiness and disconnection. In particular, during times of isolation from the pandemic, where technological innovations have sometimes added paradoxical complexities of connection and disconnection. “
Against all odds, Ginsburg hopes the film compels viewers to ask their own questions to shape their own individual journey to mental wellness. âAs a therapist, I have often wondered where the line between therapist and patient is? We hope that Healing can be a space for the viewer to discover their own possibilities for healing.
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