"Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century" has been nominated for an award by the Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust! Co-chairs of the CBC are Representatives Sanford Bishop, Jr. (D-GA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Anthony Brown (D-MD), and Veterans Braintrust founder and intrepid and tireless director is Ron E. Armstead! The gala and awards ceremony will be Friday, September 13, 6:00-9:00 p.m. in Room 2325, Rayburn House Office Building, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public, and we hope to see you there!
Great news! "Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century" isaacpopefilm.com won two Awards of Excellence -- one from the Depth of Field International Film Festival and one from the Docs Without Borders Film Festival!!!! Earlier, it won an Award of Merit from the ImpactDOCS festival. Isaac's beautiful spirit is moving people!
AND NOW: The Isaac Pope film will have its UK premiere on September 3 in London at the I Will Tell Film Festival. (I believe that same festival brings its films to Florida in December and will post the info here.) Here is the link -- please help spread the word to anyone in or around London. Thank you! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/isaac-pope-the-spirit-of-an-american-century-screening-qa-tickets-66817485899
-----The Isaac Pope film will have its Atlanta premiere on September 4, hosted by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Details are here, where you can register (but no charge) to attend: https://www.civilandhumanrights.org/event/isaacpope_filmscreening/
-----The Isaac Pope film is an Official Selection for Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival! Screenings will be Sunday, Sept. 15 @ 7:10 pm Atlas Cinemas Theater 2, & Wed, Sept. 18 @ 1:30 in Atlas Cinemas, Theater 5. gcuff.org
JUST OUT AS AN AUDIOBOOK! When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans.
I recorded it, and the great Rock Grant did the editing. Please help spread the word to people who might want it in audiobook form. For the new audiobook -- and the e-book version -- of When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, so please try this one...and notice that FOR NOW, the audiobook is free for the first people who place orders! That is the policy of the company that handles it. https://www.scribl.com/books/EAXY2/when-johnny-and-jane-come-marching-home
NEXT PBS broadcast of "Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century"!
--WBGU, Lima OH/Bowling Green area on Monday, August 19, at 1:00 a.m. isaacpopefilm.com
Published as an e-book is When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans, which was first published by MIT Press and won three top national awards for nonfiction. Happily, at my request, the publisher of the e-book, Open Road, is charging the lowered price of just $8.99.
Comments and endorsements from veterans and nonveterans and lots of information about it are at whenjohnnyandjanecomemarching.weebly.com The book gave rise to the nonprofit Listen to a Veteran Project listentoaveteran.org.
The book can be ordered at any of the following:
New article, "Moral Anguish Is Not a Mental Illness," just up on Volunteers for America website. https://www.voa.org/moral-anguish-is-not-a-mental-illness
The Truth About Trump and Psychiatric Diagnosis: The Lightbulb Has to Want to Change is my new post.
NO ONE on either side of this debate has written about the crucial points I note in the essay. Also available in Blog section of this Authors Guild website.
Simple, lovely ideas for Memorial Day, which is focused on those who served and who have died, include:
- Learn more about what they may have experienced by listening to a veteran from any era (combat or noncombat, woman or man) who will speak with you this weekend or soon. listentoaveteran.org
- Make a tax-deductible donation -- ANY amount, since none is too small, and all are important and appreciated -- to our documentary about a remarkable, unsung hero called "Isaac Pope: The Spirit of an American Century." You can see its trailer and other info and can donate by going to isaacpopefilm.com And please LIKE the page. #WhoIsIsaacPope?
- Organize a screening of the multi-awardwinning film, "Is Anybody Listening?" by contacting us at http://www.isanybodylisteningmovie.org/organize-screenings.…
Valentine's Day Alarm: Violence Against Women by Budget Cuts
New essay on Blog page here.
Please read it and post, tweet, forward. Thank you.
Paula J. Caplan is a clinical and research psychologist, author of books and plays, playwright, actor, director, and activist.
REVIEWS OF PLAYS:
CALL ME CRAZY
“…thoroughly entertaining… Careening from gut-wrenching seriousness to vaudeville-style antics… ingenious interchange of a dramatic play with comic sketches and musical numbers gives both satiric and somber force.”
The Off-Off-Broadway Review
“Bold, vibrant, funny, and disturbing…leaps to life…a richly provocative theatrical experience, entertaining, enlightening and profoundly disturbing all at once.”
New Bedford Standard-Times
The Off-Off-Broadway Review
“The play truly shines. All of these characters carry with them hidden insecurities, wants, needs, and inner demons that emotionally bubble under the surface from the very start, while at the same time keeping the charm and sense of humor that we all share only with our closest loved ones. Exudes family love and harmony in the midst of tragedy and pain.”
Life in LA
“fully formed…skillfully constructed play unfolds compellingly, its low-key suspense piquing our interest as we grow curious about what the characters are withholding from us — much as in life off-stage…. Caplan has a knack for particularizing that documentary vividness.”
“Riveting… poignant and touching…a pulsating inner life.”
The Off-Off-Broadway Review
“…the night’s most riveting drama…. a whirlwind of anxiety, camararderie, and tragedy, an astonishingly complete emotional roller coaster for such a short production.”
AWARDS for When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home: How All of Us Can Help Veterans (MIT Press)
- Groundbreaking Book of the Month, Independent Publishers' IPPY Awards
- Best Psychology book of 2011, Association of American Publishers' PROSE Awards
- Silver Medal for Psychology/Mental Health category, 2011, Independent Publishers
D I S C L A I M E R
Paula Joan Caplan supports some things in the mental health system, but she has also raised questions about some problems in that system; as a result of the latter, some people have mistakenly concluded that she is a member or supporter of the Church of Scientology and/or its "Citizens Commission on Human Rights," but nothing could be further from the truth. She has made substantial efforts to persuade all groups that mischaracterize her work or that in various ways imply erroneously and misleadingly that she is one of their affiliates or supporters to cease and desist from doing so. Her work about mental health has been done as an independent practitioner and social and political activist.