A colorful, energetic, inspiring, novel, wonderful documentary that spreads happiness, smiles and cheer, ‘Hollywood Beauty Salon’ is an amazing piece of art. Revolving around survivors of violence, mental illness, rejection, depression, addiction and trauma, this documentary strives to fill joy into the hearts of each one alike.
Janeane Bernstein’s radio show, Get the Funk Out! is filled with stories of inspiration and change, new creative directions, and surprising twists and turns in this crazy roller coaster ride called life. Check out Janeane’s interview with Hollywood Beauty Salon‘s director, Glenn Holsten.
The Hollywood Beauty Salon was directed by Glenn Holsten who is perhaps best known for another stellar documentary set in Philadelphia, The Barefoot Artist. He’s done it again, here, with this moving collection of poignant personal portraits powerfully illustrating the utter indomitability of the human spirit. Excellent (4 stars)
Mental health issues can be difficult to talk about openly even in the most ideal settings, but it often helps in settings that promote comfortable intimacy, it can be much easier.
Read more on the Hollywood Beauty Salon movie from Vikram Murthion IndieWire.com.
I think today’s film that you are going to see is a great piece of work. I had the opportunity to see it a few weeks ago, and I think it’s a great testament to the lives of the people who are starring in the film, and I think it’s also a testament to changes that have happened in our service system that really helped to facilitate what you’re going to see.
I suffer from paranoid schizophrenia, and I want to get better. I am glad that I was in the movie! It shows people who have mental challenges and it helped people feel better about themselves.
“A truly beautiful film about mental health recovery and hope. It’s an uplifting testament to the strength, creativity, and capacity for healing that each of us possesses… a vibrant and touching celebration of the recovery movement. Recovery is possible… Hollywood Beauty Salon is proof.”
Listen to Maiken Scott’s beautiful audio report on the Hollywood Beauty Salon featuring interviews with Sanetta “Butterfly” Watkins, Rachel “Hollywood” Carr, and Tess Zakrzwski, the program director at Germantown Recovery Community.
The Recovery Hair Show on April 17, 2012 was a wonderful and inspiring experience. WHYY’s NewsWorks reporter Meg Frankowski has written a great article celebrating the event, the Hollywood Beauty Salon at GRC, and our documentary.
Glenn Holsten acted as the director to bring this story to life, but the men and women that profoundly expressed their ups and downs of mental illness were the true champions.