“Hollywood Beauty Salon” is filmmaker Glenn Holsten’s superb and inspiring look at a Philadelphia beauty parlor run by and for people recovering from mental illnesses. The salon, part of the NHS Germantown Recovery Community, is run by Rachel “Hollywood” Carr Timms, an extremely caring woman who turns hair care into a self-esteem raising opportunity for staff and clients. The film, shot over four years, presents several central characters whose captivating stories of healing become involved with the filmmaking process itself. A must-see.
Review from womensenews.org.
Hollywood Beauty Salon is a colorful and inspiring documentary about surviving mental illness and violence, struggling with loss, finding courage for recovery, and discovering the beauty inside each one of us.