Screening on Sept. 25 is open to University community and public

September 25, 2017

Regis University will host a screening of “The S Word,” a new feature-length film addressing suicide, on Monday, Sept. 25, in the St. Peter Claver, S.J., Recital Hall on the University’s Northwest Denver Campus. The 6:30 p.m. documentary screening follows a 6 p.m. reception with the film’s director, Lisa Klein, and others involved in bringing the film to Colorado.

The documentary puts a human face on an often feared and misunderstood topic by sharing the stories of suicide-attempt survivors, their families and loved ones.

The film receives its Denver premiere at Regis.  

“We care about our students and our community, and hosting this important film fit into the University’s mission of cura personalis or care for the entire person,” says David Law, director of Student Activities and Leadership at Regis. “We’ve been expanding our vision of ‘caring for one another’ into the neighborhoods, such as Berkeley and Chaffee Park, that are near our Northwest Denver Campus. Sharing this movie helps us in these efforts.”

Filmmaker Lisa Klein lost her brother and father to suicide, compelling her to produce this film.

“There is no more highly charged personal issue for me,” Klein says. “That’s the reason I was driven to document it and open a much-needed conversation. It is time for us to boldly talk about suicide because no family should have to experience this.”

To stimulate discussion of suicide and its prevention, the filmmakers are screening the movie throughout the United States and Canada at university campuses, community centers, film festivals and more. Each screening is accompanied by a conversation with the director and local suicide-prevention experts in the hosting site’s community. At the Regis screening, that will include Sally Spencer-Thomas, a psychologist and international suicide prevention expert, and board members of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado.

The S Word has the potential to do more for suicide prevention in one year than I have in my career … we can all learn from this film,” says Bill Schmitz, past president of the American Association of Suicidology, based in Washington, D.C.

“The S Word’s” community screening tour kicked off this month, which is Suicide Prevention Month. The documentary receives its second Colorado screening in Eagle on Sept. 26. It’s the latest film from the team behind the award-winning documentary “Of Two Minds” and is the recipient of the 2017 SAMHSA Voice Award.

For a complete list of dates and venues, to learn host to a screening or for general information about the film, please visit http://theswordmovie.com or contact Patricia Harris DiLeva at madpixfilms@gmail.com.

Regis University is a premier, globally engaged institution of higher learning in the Jesuit tradition that prepares leaders to live productive lives of faith, meaning and service. Regis University has four campus locations in the Denver metro area and Colorado Springs with more than 11,000 enrolled students. For more information, visit www.regis.edu.