Sept. 27th – Aspen Film FILMMAKER + PANEL DISCUSSION “Cracked Up The Movie: Letting The Light In”


Understanding the long arm of childhood trauma through ex-tensive scientific research has become an inspirational movement dedicated to bringing trauma informed care to every community around the globe. Childhood trauma is not a mental illness, but a mental injury, and understanding its biological effects is lifting the stigma and shame and freeing people from believing they were born broken. The good news is that we know how to treat trauma — but first we need to understand what it actually is; how it affects the brain and body and where it comes from. Fri, Sept 27 | 10:30 AM | Here House (614 East Cooper, Aspen) Aspen Film + Here House Members FREE | General Admission $10 at the door

Cracked Up The Movie

In CRACKED UP, director Michelle Esrick’s Award-winning documentary, we witness the impact that childhood trauma can have across a lifetime through the incredibly courageous and personal story of comedian, actor and Saturday Night Live legend Darrell Hammond. Renowned for his impressions of Bill Clinton, Sean Connery and more, Hammond wowed SNL audiences for a record-breaking 14 seasons. Although Hammond performed brilliantly on live TV, behind the scenes he suffered from debilitating flashbacks, self-injury and addictions, symptoms which were misdiagnosed by over 40 doctors as mental illnesses, including: multiple personality disorder, manic depression and schizophrenia. Not until a suicide attempt that brought Hammond together with Dr. Nabil Kotbi, was he properly diagnosed and treated, unleashing the memories his brain had locked away for over 50 years. Esrick, gracefully weaves comedy and tragedy, helping us to understand the biological effects of childhood trauma in a new light. Breaking down barriers of stigma and replacing shame with compassion and hope, Esrick explores what is possible when science meets the human spirit. CRACKED UP also features Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels, SNL writer and producer Steve Higgins, Tony Award winning director Christopher Ashley and Dr. Nabil Kotbi, who helped Hammond finally understand that he was not mentally ill, but rather was suffering mental injury. Also appearing in CRACKED UP is trauma expert Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg and Hammond’s childhood friend, Larry Laskowski.

Join us for a powerful, honest and enlightening conversation that will lift your spirits, bring you answers, connect us and bring us hope! Award-winning filmmaker and trauma survivor Esrick will share her personal experience and hope as well as her extensive research with renowned trauma experts. Ms. Esrick will talk with Aspen Hope Center’s Michelle Muething and Sandy Iglehart to get to the heart of truly healing trauma.

PANELISTS: Michelle Esrick, Michelle Muething, Joyce Bulifant

MODERATOR: Sandy Iglehart
Here House, Paradise Bakery

SPONSORED BY: Aspen Hope Center


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