Films by James Callner

Films by James Callner

Awareness Films was started by writer/director James Callner in the early eighties. Our films are educational with a dramatic edge that will make you cry-happy. We have found that the quickest way to opening your heart – to educate your mind – is through the medium of film. In addition, we take our films on the lecture circuit, showing the film followed by an educational presentation about OCD.

The American Psychiatric Association, The International Health and Medical Film Festival, The United States International Film Festival, The National Educational Film Festival and many others have honored us. We are always grateful and amazed at the recognition we receive.

Our films are distributed to schools, television, associations, therapists, health care providers, and are available to view free here.

The Touching Tree is the first film made about a child with OCD. It was produced by The International OCD Foundation and Awareness Films and Written and Directed by James Callner. Mr. Callner based the film on his own challenges with OCD. The Touching Tree has won 8 National and International film awards. It’s intent is to bring OCD awareness and education to the public.

 

In the Shoes of Christopher is a Story About a Bully and a Boy with OCD. The film was awarded best Independent Film from Kids First, The Coalition For Quality Children’s Media. Bullying around the world cannot be tolerated and those that are challenged with OCD are not immune from being bullied. This film is our attempt to give teachers, students and adults a look into what it would be like to be in the shoes of a teenager with OCD. It’s intent is to bring awareness and education.

 

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the award-winning short film about a school bully and a boy with OCD ~ In the Shoes of Christopher

 

This award winning short film explores the trails of a mother suffering from OCD and how her family copes. It reveals the presence and commonality of OCD in so many families and the need for education and compassion.

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The onset of OCD came into my life at age 29. I am now 69 and recovery has come very far. But, still working on it daily. In the beginning I thought of OCD as robbing me of two things: trust and spirit. Now, when I use the word spirit I mean it in terms of being a spirited person, a funny, energetic human being. In my mind OCD seemingly damaged that aspect of me. I was obsessing on very bizarre things because OCD always attacks what you care about or your morals,but it always lies. And, I had horrible germ phobias and hand washing compulsions. But, most of all I was anxious ,scared and nothing was fun or funny. My spirit was almost gone. So how did I drag myself out of this pit? One day at a time and with plenty of help. All that help included words that came in the form of inspiration or getting back in-spirit. This is why I post in-spir-a-tional posts. I believe we are all seeking to reclaim our spirits again and in-turn that builds trust - and recovery happens. Make sense? JC 💙 ... See MoreSee Less

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The onset of OCD came into my life at age 29. I am now 69 and recovery has come very far. But, still working on it daily. In the beginning I thought of OCD as robbing me of two things: trust and spirit.  Now, when I use the word spirit I mean it in terms of being a spirited person, a funny, energetic human being. In my mind OCD seemingly damaged that aspect of me. I was obsessing on very bizarre things because OCD always attacks what you care about or your morals,but it always lies. And, I had horrible germ phobias and hand washing compulsions. But, most of all I was anxious ,scared and nothing was fun or funny. My spirit  was almost gone. So how did I drag myself out of this pit? One day at a time and with plenty of help. All that help included words that came in the form of inspiration or getting back in-spirit. This is why I post in-spir-a-tional posts. I believe we are all seeking to reclaim our spirits again and in-turn that builds trust - and recovery happens. Make sense? JC 💙
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OCD Coaching Videos are not designed to replace professional OCD Therapy. They are intended to help in the education and coaching for those suffering with OCD. James Callner is an OCD Educator and Coach, teaching from over 35 years of his own recovery experience. The Coaching Videos, Blog Posts and other information on this website are not a replacement for a professional therapist. Mr. Callner contributes his videos to the OCD Treatment Centre in Taunton England. OCD Treatment Centre therapists approve all OCD Coaching Videos. .