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The S Word

1870 Harbor Boulevard
Saturday, April 28 @ 2:45 pm - 4:19 pm
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The S Word

THE S WORD is a powerful feature documentary that puts a human face on a topic that has long been stigmatized and buried with the lives it has claimed. The film gives a platform to those with lived experience – people who have attempted to take their own lives and survived to tell their stories. Capturing personal revelations and surprising moments of humor, it opens a door on this most taboo of subjects through the eyes of the people who have been there and are now committed to preventing others from getting to that edge.

Attempt survivor Dese’Rae Stage, sets out to find fellow survivors and share their stories and portraits with the world. While pursuing her vision, she discovers a vibrant community of other attempt survivors who we meet through her unique lens.

Within this unique and personal approach, THE S WORD takes an intimate look at the lives of these survivors and their loved ones and records their candid and profoundly emotional stories of hope and survival.


Q&A with filmmakers Lisa Klein, Doug Blush, and several of the film’s subjects following the screening


Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 2:45 pm - 4:19 pm
Event CategoryDocumentary


Address: 1870 Harbor Boulevard
Costa Mesa, CA 92627 United States

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Organizer Name: Newport Beach Film Festival
Phone: (949) 253-2880


Running Time 1h 34m 7s
Country Of Origin USA
Year Completed 2017
Producer(s) Doug Blush, Julian Cautherly, Kurt Norton
Cinematographer Douglas Blush
Editor Josh Bayer
Music Jordan Halpern
Screenwriter Lisa Klein, Douglas Blush
Short Synopsis Broaching the taboo topic of suicide as seen through the eyes of survivors, brave voices tell of how they reached their breaking point and how to prevent it.
Language English
Director Lisa Klein
Venue The Triangle 4
Cast Dese'Rae Stage, Leah Harris, Craig Miller, Kelechi Ubozoh, Jean Toh, John Toh, Shauna Toh