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Vincent Sabella

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034: Vincent Sabella on Living with Sc hizoaffective Disorder , OCD, Depression, & Anxiety – and Surviving Cancer

Uninvisible Pod with Lauren Freedman

Writer and filmmaker Vincent Sabella lives with OCD, depression, anxiety, and schizoaffective disorder. In 2013, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; he has been in remission for six years. Vinny’s film Elizabeth Blue was written after a harrowing year during which many of his medications, with which he is diligent, failed. His husband, Joseph, has been his consummate advocate, and has never been fazed by any of his diagnoses. He sits down with Lauren to discuss his life, his work, and the positive mental attitude he brings to all he does. TW: mental health and suicide.  Listen in as Vinny tells us…  - that he has just celebrated his 6th year of remission from cancer  - that he was undiagnosed with childhood schizophrenia until he was about 16 – when he first attempted suicide. He was initially diagnosed with depression.  - that he had a second suicide attempt at 22  - that he developed OCD in his late 20s – and his particular form of OCD is related to his health  - the nature of his schizoaffective episodes: they involve visual, auditory, and tactile experiences. At first he thought the voices he heard were his subconscious or his imagination; as a kid, he would tell his mother he saw a man dressed in black coming out of his closet  - that mental health wasn’t openly discussed in the ‘80s, when Vinny was a kid  - that he recognizes undiagnosed mental health issues in his family  - that when he was a kid dealing with mental health issues, no resources were readily available to him – he couldn’t Google his symptoms, and he wouldn’t have known where to begin searching at the library   - what it’s like to be institutionalized in a psychiatric facility – and state vs. private  - that he taught himself to push through his hallucinations, so his early schizoaffective episodes didn’t disrupt his lifestyle  - that his film, Elizabeth Blue, reflects much of his experience with mental health disorders – and his lead actress was a dark horse for an Oscar nomination  - that he has a great psychiatrist and is now diligent with his medications, which keeps his condition under control  - that in 2010, his medications failed because his body built up a tolerance – and Elizabeth Blue is about this difficult year in his life  - he recognizes the importance of support and information for these mental health conditions – and that many people don’t have access to them  - that he recognizes most of his hallucinations now; but occasionally new ones occur  - the importance of language: that certain terminology can minimize and negatively reflect individual experiences of mental health disorders  - that schizophrenia is often confused with multiple personality disorder  - the importance of celebrities and media more openly discussing mental health  - the importance of finding a good psychiatrist when you live with mental health issues  - that he can tell when he’s “off” – because it feels like he’s hungover  - how he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma: he pulled something in his abdomen that felt like a hernia, which later filled with fluid  - that a gastroenterologist sent him for a wet scan of his abdomen – which showed either a bad intestinal infection or cancer – and a week from the initial injury, he was diagnosed with the latter  - how his husband, Joseph, advocates for him in medical settings, and protects him from his own anxieties – and why he’s grateful for Joseph’s care  - that he endured 5 months of chemo, and was mentally stable during that period of time  - why he’s opting not to participate in Smart Brain (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation / TMS) treatment – because he sees his mental health concerns as blessings  - that staying mentally positive is work – but it’s worth it  - that working out is a form of therapy for him  - that he’s never had a medical professional NOT believe him  - that he donated a portion of proceeds from Elizabeth Blue to NAMI – The National Alliance on Mental Illness  - that he continues to be involved with NAMI  - that he wanted to get involved with Covenant House (he has a soft spot for homeless youth), but was unable to because of his mental health status  - the importance of privacy – and sharing only when and if you’re ready  - that the LA LGBT Center offers free and low-cost medical screenings  - the films he turns to in order to calm down 

1hr 11mins

7 Aug 2019

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Vincent Sabella & Anna Schafer – ELIZABETH BLUE | On The Fly Filmmaking

The Film Class Podcast w/ Marielou Mandl

Popcorn Talk Network University, the online broadcast network that features movie discussion, news, interviews and commentary proudly presents “On The Fly Filmmaking (OTFF). Marielou Mandl interviews filmmakers and artists, from different facets of the industry, and discuss their involvements with production. Here you will learn free tips and tricks of filmmaking that they do not teach you in film school, and then you too can produce a movie! Host & Producer Marielou Mandl (@MarielouMandl) interviews Filmmakers, Vincent Sabella & Anna Schafer and their film, ELIZABETH BLUE! ABOUT ELIZABETH BLUE: Recently released from a psychiatric hospital, Elizabeth (Anna Schafer) returns to her Los Angeles apartment where she lives with her fiancé, Grant (Ryan Vincent). With the guidance of her new psychiatrist, Dr. Bowman (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and the unfaltering support of Grant, Elizabeth works at regaining control of her mental stability and her Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 1min

7 Nov 2017

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BEHIND THE LENS #135: Featuring Vincent Sabella and Dwight Little

Behind The Lens

A BEHIND THE LENS not to be missed this week as we welcome acclaimed director DWIGHT LITTLE to talk about his new film LAST RAMPAGE starring Robert Patrick, while writer/director VINCENT SABELLA shares personal insight into his debut feature ELIZABETH BLUE.First up is artist/painter turned filmmaker, VINCENT SABELLA, talking about ELIZABETH BLUE. A functioning schizophrenic, Vincent is open, honest and enthusiastic as he speaks in depth about the biographical nature of the narrative film and the challenges he faced "experiencing" moments from his past, plus his approach to screenwriting complete with dialogue, direction and visual design notations at the script stage. From MURDER AT 1600 to HALLOWEEN 4 and FREE WILLY 2 and on to becoming a prolific tv director with shows like "Bones", DWIGHT LITTLE is at the top of his game with LAST RAMPAGE, based on the true story of the infamous 1978 prison break of Gary Tison and Randy Greenawalt. Listen as Dwight talks about the ins and outs of casting, bringing this story to life, finding the film's emotional heartbeat, the art of finding the balance of violence and bloodshed, editing, and shooting with a single camera for the entire shoot. http://behindthelensonline.net http://eliasentertainmentnetwork.com

1hr 1min

18 Sep 2017

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Janeane chats with Writer/Director Vincent Sabella about his film Elizabeth Blue

KUCI: Get the Funk Out

ELIZABETH BLUE STARRING ANNA SCHAFER, RYAN VINCENT,KATHLEEN QUINLAN AND ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE OPENING THEATRICALLY ON SEPTEMBER 22 Recently released from a psychiatric hospital, Elizabeth (Anna Schafer) returns to her Los Angeles apartment where she lives with her fiancé, Grant (Ryan Vincent). With the guidance of her new psychiatrist, Dr. Bowman (AdewaleAkinnuoye-Agbaje), and the unfaltering support of Grant, Elizabeth works at regaining control of her mental stability and her life as she begins to plan their wedding. Struggling to navigate daily voices, hallucinations, anxiety, failing medications and her judgmental, unsupportive mother, Carol (Kathleen Quinlan), Elizabeth fears that Grant will leave her as she clings to hope that love will truly conquer all - even mental illness. ELIZABETH BLUE was written and directed by first-time filmmaker Vincent Sabella. Sabella is a diagnosed schizophrenic and the film is loosely based on a time in his life when all of his medications failed. Global Digital Releasing will release ELIZABETH BLUE in NY, LA, and an additional 10 markets on September 22. The film has a running time of 94 minutes and is rated PG-13 by the MPAA. The filmmakers and GDR have partnered with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and ELIZABETH BLUE is scheduled to screen at multiple NAMI Affiliate locations across the country during the film's opening weekend. NAMI is the largest grass roots mental health organization in the country and works with celebrities and filmmakers as part of their ongoing efforts to raise awareness and combat stigmas associated with mental illness. NAMI will also be receiving a portion of the film's proceeds. To view the trailer, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faXEc87xsks

23 Aug 2017

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