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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We see this tree almost every day on our walk. It must have a tremendous root system to keep it up in storms. And, we do get pretty strong storms here in the winter. It just bends with the wind. I was taught long ago, by a great teacher, that when you are in storm, like anxiety or overwhelm, learn to be like a palm tree ~ bend. Oh, I use my share of emotional roots or tools to calm myself down, but my main tool is to be flexible with myself and with my mind. Fighting only makes it worse for me. I flow or bend with the emotion best I can - and oddly enough the storm settles - and I'm still here. JC <3 ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago

We see this tree almost every day on our walk. It must have a tremendous root system to keep it up in storms. And, we do get pretty strong storms here in the winter. It just bends with the wind. I was taught long ago, by a great teacher, that when you are in storm, like anxiety or overwhelm, learn to be like a palm tree ~ bend. Oh, I use my share of emotional roots or tools to calm myself down, but my main tool is to be flexible with myself and with my mind. Fighting only makes it worse for me. I flow or bend with the emotion best I can - and oddly enough the storm settles - and Im still here. JC

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1 week ago

The four-year-old bully called OCD

Ever notice that OCD does not grow old? I mean think about this. At least for me, who has been around this disorder for 35 years, I recently recognized that OCD stays the same age - about four years old. That is, a four-year-old bully always in a tantrum. Even if you are four years old you don’t have to engage with a bully. We all get older but the obsessions and compulsions pretty much stay the same. We become wiser, more aware, more compassionate -but the four year old bully repays the same old bullying messages. “Don't think that or you'll harm someone, keep washing because all germs are bad, you'll get sick if you don’t do what I say” It just goes on and on. It's the same messages I was getting 35 years ago but now I look at OCD as a four-year-old bully and that changes my perspective. Just the thought of a bully mentally pushing me around helps me challenge OCD. It does take practice but we have the power to be the adult in the room. JC <3
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2 weeks ago

The four-year-old bully called OCD

Ever notice that OCD does not grow old? I mean think about this. At least for me, who has been around this disorder for 35 years, I recently recognized that OCD stays the same age - about four years old. That is, a four-year-old bully always in a tantrum. Even if you are four years old you don’t have to engage with a bully. We all get older but the obsessions and compulsions pretty much stay the same. We become wiser, more aware, more compassionate -but the four year old bully repays the same old bullying messages. “Dont think that or youll harm someone, keep washing because all germs are bad, youll get sick if you don’t do what I say” It just goes on and on. Its the same messages I was getting 35 years ago but now I look at OCD as a four-year-old bully and that changes my perspective. Just the thought of a bully mentally pushing me around helps me challenge OCD. It does take practice but we have the power to be the adult in the room. 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. .