Toledo film focuses on mental health issues


MAUMEE, Ohio (WTVG) – A Toledo-area film tackles the difficult topic of depression and mental health. It’s called “A Story Worth Living” and this weekend will mark its local debut.

The film, written, directed and performed by Vanessa Leonard, 33, is a fictional story with a personal message. When the Bowling Green State University graduate wrote the screenplay in 2017, it was a long time before the pandemic made mental health a national topic of conversation.

Leonard and the film’s assistant director, Kayla Elizabeth, say they are ready to create a dialogue about the effects of depression.

“It’s a very intimate film. It plays into everything from everyday life to personal issues, struggles with school, coworkers you don’t like, sick people you love, and how to deal with everything. How people deal with it differently, ”says Elizabeth.

Their film, which they shot in 2018, has been shown at film festivals around the world and won awards along the way. On Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 7:00 p.m., it will be shown on the big screen at the Maumee Indoor Theater. The following Saturday it will take place again at 7:00 p.m. inside the KeyBank Discovery Theater at Imagination Station.

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