After our vivid vibrant film festival and about the attempt to alight

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 Photo: Katrine Borre

After three intense and beautiful days and nights, we were standing on the Big Theatre’s stage with roses in our arms saying goodbye and see you again. Brought dozens of boxes to our cars and went home … Slowly the festival’s strong days filled with emotions, people from near and far, remarkable films, music and talks began to sink into the internal system.

One year of planning and preparations all of a sudden found its own life at the theatre, was embodied before our eyes. The festival became an independent body that pulsed, breathed, danced, dived and emerged in the presence of all the people who were there. Thanks to all of you who came from near and far, sitting in red velvet chairs and watched film after film. All of you who entered the stage with films, presentations and music. Altogether we represented people from 15 countries!

The pulsating life was nothing we could plan beforehand – only provide conditions to make it happen. So Warmest Thanks to All of You!

We are now in the middle of reading your blogs, your email, text messages, and viewing photos that you send and so we are experiencing everything again…

There are many who contact us, who want to be part of this important work. We will get back to you as the days go by. There will be time to link together, connect and to extend this great network of people in Sweden, Scandinavia and the rest of the world. That is one of the missions with The Extended Therapy Room Foundation. www.extendedroom.org

Let´s keep in touch!!!

Ps: to alight after this experience is not something that is done in a few days. It will need time to rest, and to meet the just ordinary work and life with cleaning, washing and to eat.

Hanna and Carina

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Photo: Martin Olsson

The first day of the Driving Us Crazy film festival

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The first day of the film festival is nearly over.

At this very moment all guests are gathering in the Chrystal Foyer of the theatre for a get-together with all participants.

It feels almost unreal that we’re in the middle of this festival we’ve been working on for a whole year.

So much is happening in this beautiful theatre during these three days and we hope to see you again tomorrow. And to you who haven’t yet had a chance to visit us, please come by. When have so much to share with you.

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After most of the films there have been short Q&A-sessions with the people involved.

Our invited guests have arrived!

Tonight, all of our wonderful participants in the Driving Us Crazy Film Festival gathered in the Family Care Foundation’s yellow house to prepare for three packed days.

The gates open Friday at 09.30 but you can tune into Kulturnytt on P1 at 07:46 already to listen to a feature of the festival.

We will also release a very limited number of one day tickets every day that can be purchased on-site at the Grand Theatre for those who are unable to participate during the entire festival.

We hope to see you there!

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Last minute preparations by Carina and Hanna. 

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Welcome!

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Many interesting discussions took place while waiting for dinner.

The festival’s first guest has arrived!

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I’m driving the car to the Landvetter airport; outside the windows, I see the autumn clear and colorful. I’m on my way to pick up Laura Delano, who has been an important person to me in the planning and realization of the festival. Tomorrow, Daniel Mackler arrives, followed by Dylan Tighe to do his sound check at the Grand Theatre. Everything is becoming suddenly more real.

It’s been a year of intense planning, coordinating and realization. On many days, this energy springs from anger at the knowledge that people seeking help in some of their worst moments in life are met with psychiatric care that ignores their humanity. Other days, it has come from the conviction of the need to recall that humans are so much more, both larger and smaller, than genes, neurotransmitters and other things in the brain that I do not even know the name of.

I am proud that we, in a few days, will open the door to the Great Theatre and Driving Us Crazy film festival here in Gothenburg.

A warm welcome this weekend!

How do you get the message out…

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Hey, hello we have some important stuff here!

It’s about human life, how we treat our self’s and others, about solidarity and the society we live in, the society we still believe we can influence and take part in.

There is so much out there, a constant flow of information, quite overloaded actually. Still we are convinced that the questions raised with this film festival are important for all of us since it’s about humanity.

So today we sent out 300 emails, tried to reach as many Swedish journalists as we could and what we learnt is that if sending 300 emails at once the computer server will crash…