Beyond 'Dis-Ease': Film Sheds Light on Mental Health Issues

East Hampton and Southampton Towns are teaming up to screen "No Kidding, Me 2!" -- a film meant to shed light on clinical depression — on March 8 at the Westhampton Library as part of an effort to raise awareness about mental illness.

The 2009 documentary examines the stigma of mental illness. Joe Pantoliano, an actor best known for his work in "The Sopranos," "Memento," and The Matrix," made his documentary directorial debut with this film in which he has candid discussions with his family about their struggles with his clinical depression, or what he calls "brain dis-ease." The film also includes stories of a brain surgeon with bipolar disorder, a psychologist with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and three high school students managing bipolar disorder and clinical depression. 

Mr. Pantoliano also founded the nonprofit organization No Kidding, Me Too!, which seeks to remove the stigma attached with mental illness through "education and the breaking down of societal barriers."  

The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m.