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Coming Up For Air
August 25, 2020 - September 25, 2020
Coming Up for Air- Movie Screening
Coming Up for Air
An On-Demand Film by Roger Rapoport
August 25-September 25, 2020
Patrons have 48 Hours to Watch, once they’ve started streaming
$5 Students, $10 Couple, $15 Watch Party (plus ticketing fee)
Synopsis: A Mom Struggles to Find and Rescue Her Brilliant Son Spiraling Out of Control
A breakout indie feature, co-starring Deborah Staples and Chase Yi, Coming Up For Air has won four best feature awards including the grand prize, at the Culver City Film Festival in Los Angeles. Filmed on location in Michigan and Wisconsin, Coming Up for Air tells the story of ceramic artist Anna Russell and her son Stan, a straight A college student and high diving champion, seeking an spot on the men’s 10m Olympic diving team. The pressure and stress to succeed in his high-stakes athletic competitions, while maintaining his A average and a social life, begin to take their toll. Stan begins to unravel and withdraws into himself with potentially tragic consequences.
Coming Up for Air is a breathtaking family drama that highlights the importance of mental health care. It takes audiences on an all-too-common journey, highlighting the pressures that are put upon teenagers to succeed and on parents to cope.
Best picture winner at the Detroit I See You Awards, the film was also honored for best director, best cast, best lead actress, best lead actor, best editor (Gene Gamache), and best cinematographer (Bruce Schermer and David Darling).
Director Cicchini, a veteran film (Godfather III), television (Six Feet Under) and stage actor, who previously directed and starred in Roger Rapoport’s award-winning feature Waterwalk, says:
This very topical new film will inspire empathy and awareness of the complexities of personal responsibility. It addresses how crises that may lead to tragedy can be de-escalated and creates an appreciation of the impact mental health has on families. It will also support community discussions of the real conditions and biases toward mental health treatment.
If you or someone you know can benefit from mental health treatment or is having a mental health emergency, take action, lend a hand, make the call to get help, stay on the line, and above all don’t hang up. Your quick action could save a life.
Check out the film’s trailer: https://vimeo.com/356881427
The film, features many favorite West Michigan actors including Kim Harsch, Kate Thomsen, Judy Johnson, Foley Schuler, Tom Harryman, Chris Beaman, Bill Iddings, Liz Nolan, Ray Brazaski, Shelley Irwin, Jacqui Robinson, Diane Van Wesep, and Joe Hasper. The film’s art director is Kirk Wahamaki and it was produced by Roger Rapoport who cowrote the script with lead actress Deborah Staples. Chase Yi costars and the film was directed by Robert CIcchini.
Run Time: Two Hours
Rating: Unrated, plays as PG