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More Than You See 8: 5.08 “This Sucks” and Processing Depression through Art with Cameron Mitchell 

 May 15, 2024

By  Deborah Lee Smith

In this episode of the More Than You See podcast, host Deborah Lee Smith engages in a deep dive with filmmaker Cameron Mitchell. The discussion centers on Cameron's latest project, 'This Sucks', a dark comedy film about dealing with depression, showcased through the life of a woman haunted by the physical manifestation of her depression. Beyond sharing personal mental health journeys and the film's background, they delve into broader topics such as the therapeutic role of humor, the systemic issues intertwined with personal mental health struggles, and the importance of supporting underrepresented voices in the filmmaking industry.

00:00 Welcome to the episode

01:49 Spotlight on 'This Sucks': A Dark Comedy Exploring Depression

07:04 Cameron Mitchell's Journey: From COVID Recovery to Activism and Filmmaking

09:33 The Making of 'This Sucks': Visualizing Depression Through Cinema

23:17 Rapid Fire Questions

24:40 Deep Dive into Personal Struggles and Mental Health

26:07 Growing Up in Alaska

29:21 Exploring Creative Outlets and Future Projects

43:22 The Role of Humor in Coping with Life's Challenges

46:10 Wrapping Up: Acknowledgments and Future Aspirations

About Cameron:

Cameron has been writing all his life. Growing up in Anchorage, Alaska, there was nothing else to do. Cameron has had his scripts and finished films place in dozens of film festivals.
He realized right away how important it was to build the right team. Writing was something he could do alone, but filmmaking is not a solo art; it involves collaboration at every level. He made sure to come away from every gig with new contacts, new friends, and new members of his team.
In 2017 he, Andrew Menjivar, and Thresa Richardson started their production company Tequila Mockingbird Productions. They wanted to produce their own work outside the rigors and obstacles of the studio system. As a producer, Cameron has always wanted to help new and underrepresented voices create their films. He's worked with countless creatives in the years since.
Cameron wrote the script for his debut feature This Sucks in part to vent his frustrations with the state of the world and to talk about his own struggles with depression. The film was awarded the ReFrame Stamp from Women In Film and the Audience Award for Best Feature Film at the Golden State Film Festival. It is currently streaming free on Tubi.

Cameron's Links:
Stream “This Sucks” on Tubi

Stream “Driven: The Tony Pearson Story” on Apple+

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Deborah Lee Smith

Hi there! I'm an actor, producer, and writer who is devoted to storytelling and mental health awareness. After struggling through my own mental health, I found that non-traditional resources, like the ones we explore on More Than You See, helped me immensely get through my dark times. Thus, this website and podcast were born! I look forward to helping you gain agency over your mental health journey as you build your own toolkit of resources, tips, and ideas. Because you never know what might help pull you out of the darkness, and we are all More Than You See.   


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