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Hosted by Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program

Why I Fight, or Team Wristband

Friday, January 14th 2022 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM

“Why I Fight, or Team Wristband” a short film adaptation of the 2019 Michigan Quarterly Review story by James Munro Leaf, dramatizes the perils of being defined by a mental illness and the complex and varied reactions of patients in the psychiatric system. It probes the presumption of labels and the complex dynamics of power. Directed, edited and adapted by Andy Kirshner and Gillian Eaton, the film features a diverse cast and crew of faculty and students from U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance and U-M College of Literature, Science and the Arts, including Professor Malcolm Tulip. 

There will be discussion panel following the film moderated by Melvin G. McInnis, M.D., FRCPsych, the director of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program. 

More information about the event including panelists and community resources can be found here.

This event is free but registration is required and will be streamed via Youtube

You will receive a link to the event via email Friday, January 14. Registration will close at 6:30 pm

This showing is one-night only; a recording of the film will not be available to the public after the premiere. Dates of future showings of the film will be shared on the Why I Fight, or Team Wristband website for anyone interested in watching the film after the premiere.

Questions? E-mail Amanda Hudeck:


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