“Mom, a man asked me to marry him and I said yeah. I plan on getting well mom, I have a new doctor. I want to have a life and be normal.” ‘Elizabeth Blue’ centers on young woman recently released from a mental hospital, who is coping with ongoing episodes of schizophrenia. As she plans her wedding she struggles to regain control of her mental stability and her life.
“Tell me about you, Elizabeth?” “I want a doctor who listens to me and not just medicates me.”
“Do you know how scary it is when you don’t know if life is real? Sometimes I feel cursed like I’m living in a bad dream I can’t wake up from. My relationship is suffering, he says it’s not. I don’t want him to stop loving me because of this.” ‘Elizabeth Blue’ is Vincent Sabella’s directorial feature film debut which he co-wrote with Alfred D. Huffington. Sabella himself suffers from a rare form of schizophrenia in which he not only hears and sees hallucinations but they are also tactile, meaning he can touch and be touched by them. His condition is also combined with OCD and Anxiety.
“Elizabeth, love is a very strong emotion. It comes with unconditional circumstances. And a love like that can not be broken by anything including mental illness.” The indie drama stars Anna Schafer, Ryan Vincent, Christopher Ashman, Nicola Lambo, Inger Tudor, Kathleen Quinlan and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje.
The film screened on June 28, 2017 in Washington D.C. as part of the national convention for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). It’s set for a limited theater release on September 22, 2017. ‘Elizabeth Blue’ will be released on iTunes on Oct. 10, 2017 in conjunction with World Mental Health Day.
It is Sabella‘s hope that this film will open people’s minds about mental illness and start a much-needed dialogue, specifically about Schizophrenia and the struggle for those who live with it and for their loved ones who can often feel isolated.
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