The Anonymous People: Film Screening April 28

Monday, April 28, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
The Anonymous People
Film Screening and Discussion
Harvard Divinity School
Sperry Room, Andover Hall
45 Francis Ave.
Cambridge, MA
Free and Open to the Public
The Anonymous People
Respondent Panelists:
Greg D. Williams, Director, The Anonymous People
Tomashi Jackson, Artist
Michael Curry, President, NAACP Boston Branch
Laurie Martinelli, Executive Director, National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) Massachusetts
Hannah Martinez, President, NAMI Dorchester/Mattapan/Roxbury
Moderated by Nia K. Evans, Education Policy Analyst, Pumphouse Projects
The Anonymous People is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addition to alcohol and other drugs.  Deeply entrenched social stigma and discrimination have kept recovery voices silent and faces hidden for decades.  The vacuum created by this silence  has been filled by sensational mass media descriptions of people  in active addiction that continue to perpetuate a lurid public fascination with the dysfunctional  side of what is a preventable and treatable health condition.  The moving story of The Anonymous People is told through the faces and voices of leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and celebrities who are laying it all on the line to save the lives of others just like them. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions.
The Anonymous People screening is an introductory event to raise awareness, develop interest and instigate conversation about a new Artists’ Prospectus for the Nation project, FRAMES Debate Project: Debate Series on Drug Policy, Mental Health Services and Justice in Massachusetts. Visual artist Tomashi Jackson policy analyst Nia Evans will use a multimedia policy debate platform to explore intersections of inadequately provided mental health care, addiction and drug policy in major cities in Massachusetts. To stay abreast of future FRAMES Debate Project events, please e-mail nevans@brokerent.com.
About the Panelists:
Director Greg Williams is a person in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drugs since age seventeen. He is a health policy advocate, and award-winning documentary filmmaker who specializes in the creation of compelling and purposeful content. At age 30, “The Anonymous People” is Greg’s first independent feature-length film. His new film is bringing lasting solutions to the screen for one of America’s top health problems. Currently in early theatrical release, “The Anonymous People” has already received widespread critical acclaim and a variety of industry awards.
Artist Tomashi Jackson (http://cargocollective.com/tomashijackson) uses her own labor, livelihood, and migration narratives to construct sculptures , video and projection works, and portraits. Her work covers topics including labor, visibility, memory, among others. Born in Houston and raised in Los Angeles, Jackson received a Master of Science degree in Art, Culture, and Technology from MIT and a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
Laurie Martinelli has been the Executive Director of NAMI Mass, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts, since 2007. NAMI Mass is a nonprofit grassroots education and advocacy group dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by serious mental illness and their families. NAMI Mass has 20 local affiliate chapters that offer support and education.
Under Laurie’s leadership, NAMI Mass’ education and support programs have seen tremendous growth. Their NAMI signature education program, Family to Family, has grown from 13 classes statewide to 20 classes, reaching hundreds of families whose loved one has a mental illness.
Ms. Martinelli attended Westfield State College and received a JD from the Washington College of Law at American University. She also has a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health that she earned in 1989. In addition to her full time job at NAMI Mass, Ms. Martinelli teaches Health Law at Suffolk University Law School.
Michael Curry was elected President of the Boston Branch of the NAACP, in 2010, after over a decade of service. Since Mr. Curry’s election, more than 2,500 new members have joined the branch, monthly membership meetings are at capacity and a younger generation of leaders has become active in the organization. In November 2012, Attorney Curry was reelected as President after several months of strengthening the membership base of the organization. As a result, in 2013 the Boston NAACP received the Chairman’s Trophy for the highest membership increase in the country (2011-2012) and the Lucille Black Award for the highest total membership production (2012). In 2012, Michael launched the inaugural Boston NAACP’s Summer Job – Pipeline to Leadership Program, where NAACP youth receive a stipend to support the NAACP’s activities, participate in community meetings and receive training in the key areas for effective leadership. Over the past two years, Pipeline participants registered over 2,000 new voters, engaged over 20,000 residents on the importance of voting and launched an anti-violence campaign. Michael has also been acknowledge for leading local redistricting efforts that resulted in more minority-majority seats on both the state and local level. Last year, the City of Boston adopted a redistricting plan that was based in large part on the map proposed by the NAACP. In February 2014, during the NAACP’s Annual Meeting in New York City, Michael was elected to the National Board of Directors. The 64-Member board, chaired by Roslyn M. Brock, is the governing body of the Association, which has hosted many of the architects of the Civil Rights Movement and has recently welcomed a new generation of civil rights leaders. Michael will be the first representative from the Boston Branch and the New England Area in over 35 years.
Michael is also the Legislative Affairs Director and Senior Counsel for the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers. In this role, Michael manages state and federal advocacy for the 50 community health centers throughout the Commonwealth, serving more than 850,000 patients in over 285 communities.

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