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Moving Images 2021 Films and Panels

Through the power of film, Moving Images looks to raise awareness, foster dialogue, and combat the prejudices and discrimination often faced by people with mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and behavioral health challenges. Vinfen is excited to announce the films and panels for our 2021 Film Festival.



When Annemarie looks in the mirror, she sees Down syndrome. She hates it. To her, the diagnosis is a giant barricade keeping her from the independence and intimacy she desperately desires. She embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to understand what it means to be normal.

Followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Star from NORMIE Annemarie Carrigan
  • Annemarie’s father Pat Carrigan, CFA
  • Principal at Crawford Consulting and Communications, LLC and former Chair of Vinfen’s Family Advisory Council Kathleen Crawford, MBA
  • Board-certified medical geneticist, Emma Campbell Endowed Chair on Down Syndrome at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Medical and Science Advisory Council Chair Brian G. Skotko, MD, MPP


Moderated by Vinfen Director of Clinical Services Dr. Shannon Shea, BCBA-D, LABA



Through intimate stories of patients, families, and medical providers, BEDLAM immerses us in the national crisis surrounding care of the severely mentally ill. Filmed over five years, it brings us inside one of America’s busiest psychiatric emergency rooms, into jails where psychiatric patients are warehoused, and to the homes – and homeless encampments – of mentally ill members of our communities, where silence and shame often compound personal suffering.

Followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • Addiction Psychiatrist and Director, Producer, and Writer of BEDLAM Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD
  • Star from BEDLAM Johanna Marie Swartz
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and star from BEDLAM Julea Leshar McGhee, MD, MPH
  • Vinfen Adult Community Clinical Services Lead Peer Specialist Amy Dahlberg-Chu, CPS


Moderated by Vinfen Director of Day Services Steve LaMaster, MS


Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops

Part of the San Antonio Police Department’s ten-person mental health unit, Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro are putting compassionate policing practices into action. Ernie & Joe chronicles their daily encounters with people in crisis, showing how their innovative approach to policing – which takes mental health into account – is having a dramatic effect on the way police respond to these challenges.

Followed by a panel discussion featuring:

  • San Antonio Department Police Officer and star from Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops Ernie Stevens
  • Program Manager of the Boston Medical Center’s Criminal Justice Diversion Program Lauren Sneider, MSCJ/MSMHC
  • Boston Police Officer Daniel Harlow
  • Person served and Vinfen Clubhouse Member Al Harrison


Moderated by Vinfen Director of Clinical Services and Senior Master Sargent of the Air Force Reserve Michelle Larned, LICSW