Duluth Filmmakers Tackle Mental Illness

Updated: 01/20/2014 10:37 PM
Created: 01/20/2014 5:49 PM

Two filmmakers in Duluth are setting off on a two-month road trip to begin work on their second documentary. Joe Olivieri and David Cowardin say Call Me Mental will be a full film and mini-series.

Their first film, Roots of Rescue, documented animal abuse in the south. Now, Cowardin and Olivieri are hoping to break the stigma surrounding mental illness with Call Me Mental.

Cowardin said they are tackling the project because 1 in 4 adults will experience a mental illness in any given year.

"We do have an agenda following a character named Dylan, who's got a few places throughout the U.S. that have kind of made him who he is, but aside from that we are looking for a lot of other people's inputs and stories," explained Olivieri.

The filmmakers will travel by train, but people at home can contribute, too. Anyone touched by mental illness can share their story at

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