Mass shootings and gun violence are all too common in the United States, and one of the main arguments made by those who oppose restrictions on gun ownership is that mental health is the root cause. It’s possible that both can be at fault, a concept compellingly explored in the new film The Mental State, which meets at the intersection of the two epidemics.
I had the chance to speak with director James Camali and actress Alyssa Sutherland about tackling these topics.
They discussed the resonance and response they noted on the film festival circuit and what the film means to both of them.
You can watch the video above, and read below for an official summary and where to watch.
Andy suspects a dangerous town shooter is on the loose in his hometown. Upon learning the shooter’s identity, he uncovers a much darker conspiracy brewing around the girl he loves.
As Andy’s behaviors at school become more irrational, his single mother, Angela, struggles to find and afford the professional care he needs. When Andy’s mental health worsens, the story crescendos with a tragic ending at the local high school.
The Mental State will debut on VOD platforms on Tuesday, December 19th.