PBS station WETA is set to premiere the web docuseries Out of the Dark this spring, the first content project born from its Well Beings campaign.
Well Beings content will serve as part of a multi-year mental health awareness campaign to include feature-length documentary films, short-form content, user-generated storytelling, a digital and social media campaign and educational curriculum.
Produced by Redglass Pictures, Out of the Dark showcases the personal stories of three youth activists in the mental health space — Olympic athlete Raven Saunders, app creator Hannah Lucas, and poet AKeem Rollins — as they tackle the question: “How do you define mental toughness?”
The three-part web series is part of Well Beings’ Youth Mental Health Project.
“As filmmakers, making a series on mental illness seemed daunting at first — how do you tell an engaging visual story about someone’s internal struggles? But once we started making these films we quickly realized that these are the mostly fundamentally powerful kinds of stories,” said Tom Mason and Sarah Klein, producers of the series, in a statement.
Klein and Mason are co-founder of New York-based Redglass Pictures. The studio’s credits include History of Memory and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. Its current partners and clients include HP, New-York Historical Society, MIT, The New York Times, The Atlantic, PBS, and The National Academy of Science.