“Love, Jordan”: Film Screening and Discussion
“Mental Health is a topic that is close to my heart so when I was approached to create a film around this topic I was all in. Once I was clear on the idea I wrote the script in one night.”
Love, Jordan is a short film addressing youth and teen mental health made by local film artist and CIC AmeriCorps member Dija Henry. Henry will at the screening and will lead a discussion following the screening. The film will be shown in the JMP Room at First Baptist Church (enter through Door 4 on the West side of the building). The event is free and open to the public.
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Wednesday, June 12 5:30-6:30 pm
FBC (First Baptist Church) Indy
8600 N College Ave
Synopsis: In Henry’s short-film, Ms. Mitchell is the communications teacher at Currentside High. She loves her students and would do anything for them. So when she finds a suicide note signed “Love, Jordan” stating that tonight will be the author’s last night on earth she is determined to find the correct Jordan that attends Currentside High it is before it’s too late.
Note: If you are thinking about bringing younger kids or preteens just be aware that the film deals with topics of youth mental health in teens and suicide themes. There is nothing graphic or inappropriate but there are tense situations. We will be providing discussion guides that you can take home to talk with friends or family members after seeing the film.
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Dija Henry has been acting professionally for the past fifteen years on stage, film, and television. She’s also been making short films for the past seven years. Alongside her professional work, she has volunteered at the Felege Hiywot Center (FHC) for the past 14 years, where she currently serves as an AmeriCorps member. The Felege Hiywot Center (@fhcgarden) is an organization that encourages today’s youth to embrace community service through urban farming, environmental preservation, and leadership programs. While Dija helps with many of these programs, she brings her expertise in performing arts to work with the youth. She trains the farm leaders on social media, blogging, and film and video editing. In her opinion, FHC’s most impactful project has been the anti-gun violence play, “A Song for Peace.” This was written after one of the students was killed due to gun violence at the age of 13, and it ran every summer from 2006 until 2010 in Indianapolis.
[/stextbox]Tags: AmeriCorps, IEC, mental health, suicide, youth