Mental Hygiene American Film Institute: Lori Silverbush
Michelle Horn
Pruitt Taylor Vance
Awards for Mental Hygiene
Director's View Film Festival
FirstGlance 4: Philadelphia Film Festival
International Independent Film Showcase: Tribeca Film Festival
Lori Silverbush: Other Awards

Mental Hygiene: 2000, 11 minutes
Director/Writer: Lori Silverbush
Producers: Lori Silverbush, Lisa Beth Kovetz, Mindy Farabee

Caitlin Cast:
Steven Glenn (Jason Adams)
Gale Harold (David Ryan)
Christopher Hollows (Mr. Peters)
Michelle Horn (Caitlin Ryan)
Katie Layman (Linda Ryan)
Linda Miller (Dottie Adams)
Nadia Panchenko (Rhianne)
Pruitt Taylor Vince (Lyle Adams)
Narration by Joel Swetow

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Mental Hygiene Synopsis:
A young girl named Caitlin, whose thoughts take the form of 1950's educational films, is forced to take a neighbor to the Father-Daughter dance and in doing so, makes an unexpected friend and discovers the truth abut first impressions. Gale Harold plays Caitlin's remote control-wielding brother David, and has one line in the film.

Screen captures of Gale Harold as "David Ryan":
Gale Harold as David RyanGale Harold as David Ryan

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Michelle Horn Michelle Horn has an impressive credit list of film and television work, as well as numerous voiceover projects for Disney. Learn more about this talented young actress here:

Interview with Michelle Horn
Biography Page for Michelle Horn

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Character actor Pruitt Taylor Vince was given his break in movies by director Alan Parker, who provided him a small part in Angel Heart (1987) and then Mississippi Burning (1988). In addition to Vince's numerous subsequent film appearances, he has guest starred on television series like Sisters and In the Heat of the Night and in television movies such as I Know My Name Is Steven (1989). ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide Pruitt Taylor Vince won the 1997 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Performance by an Actor for his performance as serial killer Clifford Banks on "Murder One." Pruitt Taylor Vince

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"Metal Hygiene," an 11-minute color film, was produced by Lori Silverbush in association with the American Film Institute (AFI). The AFI Directing Workshop for Women (DWW) has been a major force in training women in narrative filmmaking since 1974. The DWW is designed specifically for women who are working in the arts. Applicants must have a minimum of five years experience in television, film, video or dramatic arts but may not have professional credits as a narrative director (defined as a directing credit on a nationally broadcast or nationally distributed narrative feature film or television program).

Nearly 200 women have been given the opportunity to participate in this innovative and unique training program for tomorrow's directors. Up to eight women are selected to attend an intensive hands-on training workshop and then to direct their projects using Digital Betacam equipment and a production package provided by AFI. All DWW projects premiere at AFI in the Mark Goodson Screening Room. After a participant's film has premiered, she may screen her project at festivals worldwide.

Lori Silverbush

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Mental Hygiene has received much critical acclaim since its release, and continues to do well on the independent film festival circuit. Ms. Silverbush received the honor of being a 2001 Finalist in the Santa Monica Film Festival in the Short Drama category. Mental Hygiene also received recognition in the "Short Films" category at the Festival of the American Cinema of Deauville, August 31 to September 9, 2001.

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Pamela Wallace congratulates 3rd Place winner Zack Van Eyck, 1st Place winner Lori Silverbush and 4th Place winner David MacGregor, winners of the 2000 Monterey County Film Commission Screenwriting Contest.

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Lori Silverbush took home the Best Narrative honor for Mental Hygiene at the FirstGlance 4: Philadelphia festival. FirstGlance remains the only international, independent, bi-coastal film and video festival, with two festivals per year, one in Philadelphia in March and one in Los Angeles in November. March 26, 2001 marked FirstGlance's opening night reception and ceremony held at the Pen and Pencil Club and Alley Arts Studio in Philadelphia.

FirstGlance gives the audience the opportunity to choose their favorite films and videos with jury cards. The audience votes objectively on the merit of each project based on its sound design, camera/editing, acting/directing and theme/story. By making the festival interactive, FirstGlance believes the audience gets more out of the viewing experience by becoming part of the festival.

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Mental Hygiene was screened at the 2002 Directors View Film Festival (DVFF), in association with the Ferguson Library in Connecticut.

In her article at, Rebecca Prime writes about Celebrating Directors:

The Directorís View Independent provides an opportunity to see new films that have not found commercial distribution. With the total number of screens in the US decreasing, a large number of films produced each year inevitably get left by the wayside, making festivals such as Kestenís an important way for filmmakers to find an audience for their work. The Directorís View Independent features an eclectic collection of 37 films, both short and feature length. The films explore subjects ranging from the comic to the dramatic and include a contribution from techno star Moby, who served as executive producer on "Porno," a satire of -- you guessed it -- the porn industry.

When it comes to fame and fortune, film directors donít immediately spring to mind as among the shortchanged (unlike, say, screenwriters). Robert Kesten, founder of Connecticutís Directorís View Film Festival (February 15-18, 2002), sees things a little differently. "Outside of New York," he explains, "the contribution of directors often goes unrecognized by the public. The average person thinks of film as entertainment, but thatís to ignore the most important aspect of film, that itís a medium thatís capable of pushing the envelope." As directors are often the ones doing the pushing, Kesten decided to create a festival that would "give people an idea of who directors are, what they do, and how they do it." Hence the aptly named Directorís View Film Festival, which celebrates its third anniversary this February.

January 2002 marked the launch of The Director's View Collection at the Ferguson, and the establishment of the Connecticut Film Society, which will be a joint venture of DVFF and the Ferguson Library and will for now have its home at the library. The Director's View Collection at the Ferguson will be a special section in the video department of the library made up of films that were shown at the festival, starting with films from 2001 (including Mental Hygiene).

Robert Kesten, festival founder says: "Our goal with the Directors View Film Festival is to ensure a fulfilling, entertaining and educational experience to both industry professionals and the general public." (The Ridgefield Press, February 3, 2000, 1B)

The purpose of creating the festival is to give proper homage to directors, a group which has not adequately been appreciated by the public. The idea was to honor and present directors who have raised the artistic level of the medium and who have influenced those who have followed in their footsteps with a festival dedicated to their craft. In addition, the festival gives exposure to newer filmmakers.

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Mental Hygiene has been chosen as one of thirty-six short films to be screened in competition at The International Independent Film Showcase, one of the programs presented by the Tribeca Film Festival. The Tribeca Film Center, which serves as the headquarters for Tribeca Films, is located in the heart of Tribeca at 375 Greenwich Street, between North Moore and Franklin Streets. In the 1980s, a fairly remote area of downtown Manhattan was being transformed into one of New Yorkís most desirable residential neighborhoods. Robert De Niro, one of its most prominent residents, had a vision for the neighborhood. This vision was for Tribeca (the TRIangle BElow CAnal) to become the core of the film industry in New York. Mr. De Niro, along with established producer Jane Rosenthal, purchased the former Martinson Coffee warehouse and formed Tribeca Films in 1989.

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Lori Silverbush has won awards for her other work as well. She was the First Place winner in the fifth annual Monterey County Film Commission Screenwriting Contest (announced on June 3, 2000), walking away with the top prize of $1,000 donated by Couch Distributing Company, Inc. for her screenplay entitled "destination: Moon," a drama set in the summer of 1977. The story is about Annabeth Measy, who hears of the casinos being built in Atlantic City, packs up her daughters and heads for the Jersey shore, looking for life, love and a high-roller to make it all happen.

Lori Silverbush received her masters degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She currently works as a screenwriter and freelance magazine contributor in New York City.

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