2017. USA. Dir: Lana Wilson. With Ittetsu Nemoto. Documentary. 97 min.
This portrait of a Japanese punk-rocker turned Buddhist suicide-prevention counselor translates the emotional complexities surrounding mortality into cinematic terms, eschewing explanatory narration to instead quietly explore the everyday pain shared by the priest and his patients. Screening to be followed by a Q&A with director Wilson ’05.
You are invited to a special, sneak peek screening of HERE ONE DAY, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Kathy Leichter. Q&A to follow with the Director and her brother, Josh Leichter ’90.
When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into the apartment she grew up in after her mother committed suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Sixteen years passed before she had the courage to delve into this trove, unearthing details that her mother had recorded about every aspect of her life, including marriage, motherhood, and her struggles with bipolar disorder. Playing like a Greek tragedy, HERE ONE DAY is a bracing, visually arresting, emotionally candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved.
HERE ONE DAY recently had its world premiere in The Netherlands at IDFA, one of the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world. Come join us for this special pre-release screening and discussion. More info here and here.
Date: Wednesday, March 6th Time: 7:00 PM Place: Judd 116
Snacks and Coffee Provided. Cosponsored by Active Minds and Counseling and Psychological Services
1100 college students a year die by suicide. So why aren’t we talking about it?
Silence Packing is a display of 1100 backpacks, many with personal stories, representing the 1100 college students a year who die by suicide. Join Active Minds at Wesleyan in starting a dialogue about suicide and encouraging people to reach out for help before it’s too late.
Date: Monday, April 16th Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM Place: Front Lawn of Olin Library (church st side)
Check out a video about the display and the blog to learn more. Join us for an open discussion after the event in Usdan 108 at 7:30 PM.
Sponsored by CAPS,WesWell, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Student Affairs, Office of Residential Life, and the Adelphic Education Fund.
Please Join Coach Drew Black and Professor Octavio Flores for a discussion about depression and suicide. This is an opportunity to learn how to tell if someone you know is struggling and how to let a friend know you care.
Date: Tomorrow, Tuesday September 13th
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Downey House Lounge (Corner of Court and High St)
Sponsored by CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services), Religious and Spiritual Life and Active Minds at Wesleyan
The Daily Princetonian reports that 27-year-old Middletown native Bill Zeller, a Princeton grad student, passed away on Wednesday after attempting suicide on Sunday. The 4,000 word suicide note he left cited repeated sexual abuse as a child that he could never forget, and states that he thought about suicide for at least a year. Graduating from Middletown High School and then Trinity College, he was considered programmer of notable talent.
In contrast to the troubled person portrayed in the note, those closest to him remembered Zeller as a brilliant programmer, talented chef, devoted Boston Red Sox fan and someone who put his friends first. […]
Zeller completed several high-profile projects. He and Felten published research exposing serious security vulnerabilities of websites such as The New York Times, YouTube and ING Direct. Zeller also co-authored an influential paper arguing for increased government transparency online.
When asked to discuss Zeller’s work, however, colleagues focused on the dozens of smaller projects that he completed in the past few years, which ranged from the practical — such as Graph Your Inbox, a tool to analyze and visualize Gmail activity over time — to IsItChristmas.com, which reads “no” 364 days of the year.
You can read his final letter after the bump. He goes out of his way at the end to urge people to repost the letter in its entirety so that people can draw their own conclusions and so that he isn’t censored by his family.
In memory of the ten publicly reported LGBT teen suicides of the last month (and many others of the more distant past), people across the country are wearing the color purple today in symbolic support of the queer community and its lost, taunted, abused, or otherwise mistreated souls. It would undoubtedly mean a lot to those at this school who have been harassed about their sexualities, or who are still hiding in the protection of the closet, to see any amount of visible support from the queer and non-queer communities of Wesleyan. So, if not for the unfortunate suicide victims, wear purple today for your friend, your classmate, your family member, your loved one, yourself, or an unknown queer soul whose day you’d like to brighten.