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.

LIKE our FB Page

OCD Coaching Videos & Words of Wisdom OCD Coaching Videos & Words of Wisdom shared Chrissie Hodges's live video.
OCD Coaching Videos & Words of Wisdom

Chrissie
Live with OCD Specialist and Author extraordinaire— Jon Hershfield Mft !!!
... See MoreSee Less

13 hours ago

It’s OK to just be you.

I taught college for over thirty-six years, but I started to really understand teaching at about year twenty. I think most teachers go through the same thing. They don't teach you how to teach in graduate school. I learned that students wanted inspiration and mentoring over hard core expectations. I taught in the Fine Arts department. I taught Acting for TV and Film, Television, Screenwriting, Filmmaking, all that show biz stuff. So expectations were running high in my young students. They wanted to be fast stars.

I remember one student came into my office after a class in tears. He was in distress because he didn't know what he wanted to be or how to get there. "Jim, what am I going to be!?" I had enough years of OCD recovery and some years of mindfulness training so I offered some advice that I had been working on myself.

Essentially I told him “You don't have to ‘be’ anything. You just have to be.” He looked at me and stopped tearing up. I think he got it. None of us have to be anything other than ourselves at any given moment. The more genuine we are, the more accepting we are, the kinder we are, the more honest we are with ourselves and others, the more trusting we are that we'll be OK, helps to further strengthen our being-ness. Today, despite everything and everyone moving around so quickly, I choose to gracefully be me.
Stand strong. JC <3
... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

It’s OK to just be you.
 
I taught college for over thirty-six years, but I started to really understand teaching at about year twenty. I think most teachers go through the same thing. They dont teach you how to teach in graduate school. I learned that students wanted inspiration and mentoring over hard core expectations. I taught in the Fine Arts department. I taught Acting for TV and Film, Television, Screenwriting, Filmmaking, all that show biz stuff. So expectations were running high in my young students. They wanted to be fast stars. 
 
I remember one student came into my office after a class in tears. He was in distress because he didnt know what he wanted to be or how to get there. Jim, what am I going to be!? I had enough years of OCD recovery and some years of mindfulness training so I offered some advice that I had been working on myself. 
 
Essentially I told him “You dont have to ‘be’ anything. You just have to be.” He looked at me and stopped tearing up. I think he got it. None of us have to be anything other than ourselves at any given moment. The more genuine we are, the more accepting we are, the kinder we are, the more honest we are with ourselves and others, the more trusting we are that well be OK, helps to further strengthen our being-ness. Today, despite everything and everyone moving around so quickly, I choose to gracefully be me.
Stand strong. JC

 

Comment on Facebook

From a career teacher, this is a beautiful message. Thanks for sharing.

A great “I need to hear that” moment. Thanks Jim!

OCD Coaching Videos & Words of Wisdom OCD Coaching Videos & Words of Wisdom shared a link.
OCD Coaching Videos & Words of Wisdom

We keep hearing how meditation is good for body and spirit (if you have not already heard, raises immunity and brain function, relieves depression and proble... ... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago

Video image

Comment on Facebook

Load more

Disclaimer

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. .