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Production Year: 2014 — Length of film: 72 minutes
A film by: Judy Scheel, Ph.D. & Ken Kelsch, ASC
Documentaries tend to sensationalize eating disorders and focus on symptoms through graphic depictions, sometimes exploitative portrayals of sufferers, or false or mis-information regarding what causes eating disorders.
Personas: Identities of an Eating Disorder is a documentary film project that offers an alternative by weaving together how eating disorders live and breathe in life and relationships, using interviews in America and abroad. People on the street, eating disorder sufferers, leading experts in the fields, and acclaimed model and celebrity EMME all share their knowledge and perspectives regarding cause of eating disorders, recovery, and living in a culture with a narrowly defined standard of beauty. International leaders, authors, and researchers provide the clinical and academic substance to the project, and EMME provides a rich cultural and contextual voice about eating disorders and body image obsession.
The creation of Personas was fueled by dissatisfaction with current documentaries and the media portrayal of eating disorders and those who suffer with them. Very few, if any, documentaries interview people both in the U.S. and abroad who have been impacted in a variety of ways by eating disorders; Personas offers these perspectives.
Partners Dr. Scheel and Mr. Kelsch have combined their respective talents and passions through the creation of this intellectually significant and beautifully filmed documentary.
About the Production Team
Judy Scheel, Ph.D., LCSW
Dr. Scheel has been treating eating disorders for more than twenty years and is known both nationally and abroad as an expert in the field. She is the author of the book When Food is Family: A loving approach to heal eating disorders (2011 Idyll Arbor, Inc.). Judy maintains a regular blog on eating disorders for Psychology Today. She is the founder and former executive director of Cedar Associates, an outpatient treatment facility for eating and related disorders, located in Westchester County. She created the Cedar Associates Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to education, research, and prevention of eating disorders. She has conducted numerous national, regional, and local presentations and workshops.
Judy is in the process of moving her practice to Boone, NC, where she has relocated to a mountain-top home in nearby Lansing, NC with her partner, co-producer, and cinematographer Ken Kelsch, ASC. She also maintains an apartment in NYC.
In Personas: Identities of an Eating Disorders, Judy provides introductory and closing statements, as well as voice-overs throughout the film.
Ken Kelsch, ASC
Ken has shot over thirty features, over a half dozen pilots, and over a hundred network TV hours (four series), TV events, MOWs (Movies of the Week), and commercials. His documentary work includes war chasing for CNN Special Assignments; the Oscar-nominated “In Our Waters”; and his documentary, Personas: Identities of an Eating Disorder (post-production), co-produced with with Dr. Judy Scheel.
Ken has shot in the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, South America, and the Middle East. He has shot in all major formats for theatrical release. More info available on Ken at IMDB.
Steve Kahn – Editor
Steve Kahn is an accomplished producer and director and a pioneer of the music video industry. For over thirty years, he has worked with award-winning artists, Fortune 500 companies, and local firms to produce, direct, and edit music videos, films, and commercials. As a music video pioneer, Steve founded and managed the Music Video Dept. at RCA records, working with such artist as Run DMC, Bow Wow Wow, Hall & Oats, Grace Slick, Tom Jones, Stephanie Mills, and Teddy Pendergrass. He built Edit on Hudson Studios in Sleepy Hollow, NY, and two editing and greenscreen stages in Charlotte, NC. When not filming or editing, Steve rides his Goldwing Motorcycle to the airport, where he keeps and flies his Turbo Mooney.
About the Contributors
Emme – iconic supermodel, TV host, nationally recognized women’s advocate for positive body image and self esteem, adult and children’s book author, sought-after national lecturer, creative director for her women’s community EmmeNation, and proud mom – has a clear mission: to be whole.
People Magazine selected her twice as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” and Ladies’ Home Journal chose her as one of the “Most Important Women in America” and one of the “Most Fascinating Women of the Year.” She was honored by Glamour Magazine as “Woman of the Year” and by Biography Magazine as one of the “25 Most Influential Women.”
Michael Strober, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael Strober is the Franklin Mint Professor of Eating Disorders and Psychiatry at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, and director of the Eating Disorders Program at the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neurospychiatric Hospital at UCLA. After graduating magna cum laude from Queens College of the City University of New York, he attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a doctorate in clinical psychology with high honors in 1975. Dr. Strober joined the faculty of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in 1975 and has served as director of the Eating Disorders Program for the past thirty years. Today, the UCLA Eating Disorders Program is recognized internationally as a center of excellence for the care it provides to children, teenagers, and adults.
In addition to his extensive clinical expertise in the area of consultation and treatment, Dr. Strober has authored nearly two hundred scientific articles and book chapters, and his accomplishments in research, service, and teaching have been recognized by the National Eating Disorders Association (2005 Award for Excellence in Teaching) and the Academy for Eating Disorders (2005 Award for Excellence in Teaching and Education). His research activities have been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health for more than fifteen years, focusing on the role of personality, family, and genetic influences in anorexia and bulimia nervosa, and identifying predictors of long-term recovery.
Dr. Strober is a founding member and former president of the Eating Disorders Research Society, a founding fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. He has served as advisor and consultant to the National Institute of Mental Health on research priorities in eating disorders.
Kathryn Zerbe, MD
Following medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia in 1978, Dr. Zerbe did her residency in psychiatry at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, KS, and stayed on staff there for almost twenty-three years. There, she completed psychoanalytic training at the Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis, eventually becoming training and supervising psychoanalyst and holding a variety of clinical and administrative appointments, including the Jack Aron Chair in Women’s Health and Psychiatric Education. In 2001, she moved to Portland to be a part of the growing psychoanalytic presence in the city and to practice and teach at OHSU. In 2008, she left OHSU for her full time private practice.
Dr. Zerbe has written and taught extensively in areas of interest that include women’s health, creativity and professional development, and eating disorders. Although her training and therapeutic approach make use of psychodynamic principles as a base, she believes in the importance of incorporating all modes of treatment into an integrated treatment approach to meet each individual’s unique needs.
Douglas Bunnell, Ph.D., FAED, CEDS
Doug is an expert clinician and leader in the eating disorder field. He brings over three decades of experience and a wealth of knowledge to his role as clinical leader of Monte Nido’s EDTNY team. After graduating from Yale University, Doug did his doctoral training at Northwestern University. He is a former board chair of the National Eating Disorders Association, a fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, author, and frequent presenter at national and international conferences. He is passionate about research and the latest advancements in the field, and equally committed to individualized client care. Doug is directly involved in the clinical program, running groups, meeting with families, and eating meals with clients. His ability to put the latest scientific research into practice creates a successful program and a milieu that fosters trust and respect from staff and clients alike.
Lynne Grefe, President – National Eating Disorders Association
Lynn S. Grefe has been the President and CEO of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) for more than ten years. Her professional career has centered on issues, advocacy and solutions, having worked in both the public and private sectors before transitioning to the non-profit arena. In her current position, Ms. Grefe is charged with addressing the needs of the 30 million people who suffer from eating disorders and supporting their families through NEDA’s wide variety of programs and services. As the national spokesperson of NEDA, she has appeared on every major morning television program, national and local television news programs and has been interviewed in print and on radio programs throughout the country. Ms. Grefe is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, the National Institute of Mental Health Alliance and the leader of the NEDA Network, a group of 24 eating disorder non-profits around the nation. Recently, Ms. Grefe was honored by New York’s Mental Health Foundation in 2011 and is being honored this year by Women’s E-News as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century.
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