ACT 718 follows the Brooklyn ACT team, a mobile mental health unit that treats patients where they live – at home, in shelters or on the street. With access to the team’s daily work on the ground, the film follows its diverse members – psychiatrists, social workers, peer counselors – as they serve individuals living with severe mental illness. This innovative program is the current result of a community treatment model first developed in the early 1970’s by physicians in Madison, Wisconsin.
Sean Regan was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is the youngest of six children. After graduating from New York University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature, he worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for ten years in Brooklyn. Sean draws his inspiration from documentaries about public and global affairs, sports and history. Werner Herzog’s Cavé of Forgotten Dreams is his all-time favorite film.
The Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies at The New School is an intensive one-year program in documentary cinema. It offers small, tightly focused classes in documentary production, theory and history. Each student completes a short non-fiction film which is showcased in May at the program’s annual public film festival Truth Be Told.