The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma-Informed Community
Through interviews with Long Beach and Catalina Island community leaders and Guidance Center clients, The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma-Informed Community highlights the effects of poverty on mental health, and how cultivating a trauma-informed community is part of the wider solution for breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
Poverty is devastating for so many children and their families in our communities, impacting generation after generation as the cycle persists. Facts and figures abound on this topic. The goal of this documentary is to humanize those facts, turn numbers into the faces they represent, and empower community members with a trauma-informed lens in which to see and help those affected.
The documentary was produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, Matthew Murray, and Patricia Costales, LCSW, CEO of The Guidance Center. Evan Barthelman was the cinematographer. The original score was written by Emmy Award-winning composer Matt Pavolaitis and Emmy Award-nominated Colleen Grace.
Honorable Robert Garcia, EdD, Mayor of the City of Long Beach
Robert Luna, Police Chief for City of Long Beach
Kelly Colopy, MA, Director, Long Beach Health and Human Services
Tiffany Brown, EdD, Assistant Superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District
Elisa Nicholas, MD, MSPH, CEO of The Children’s Clinic
Giovanna Ferraro, City of Long Beach Human Relations Commission
Patricia Costales, LCSW, CEO of The Guidance Center
Nathan Swaringen, LCSW, Clinician at The Guidance Center
Wayne Herbst, Retired Dean of Students of Avalon School
Santa Dominguez, RN, MPH, Nurse at Catalina Island Medical Center
Enrique Dominguez, Pastor of Singing Waters Christian Center, Catalina
For all media inquiries, please contact Katherine Lambert at firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 485-3035.
Long Beach Post, April 21, 2017: New Documentary Reveals Link Between Poverty and Mental Health
Signal Tribune, April 21, 2017: Locally Produced Documentary Aims to Inform About Poverty Cycle
Grunion Gazette, April 19, 2017: Guidance Center Produces Documentary on Effects of Poverty
We are so honored that The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma-Informed Community has been selected by Awareness Film Festival.
The Awareness Film Festival is organized by Heal One World, a non-profit charity serving the community surrounding West Pico blvd in Los Angeles, California.
As well as serving as a fundraiser, the mission of the Awareness Film Festival is to inform and inspire audiences through a program of films on Ecological, Political, Health/Well Being and Spiritual topics. The festival spotlights film-makers committed to making positive change throughout the world.
Wednesday, April 26, the community joined us in experiencing the inspiring promise of trauma-informed communities through a free screening of The Bridge: Pathways to a Trauma-Informed Community, presented by The Guidance Center.
Immediately following the screening, a panel discussion was held with some of the experts featured in the film.
Read our latest blog post here to catch the highlights from our debut screening and panel discussion.
Stay tuned for announcements of future screenings!