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Openly Gay Filmmaker Based Film on Personal Experiences with Schizophrenia / "Elizabeth Blue" – Opening in Theaters on Sept 22


Recently released from a psychiatric hospital, Elizabeth (Anna Schafer) returns to her Los Angeles apartment where she lives with her fiancé, Grant (Ryan Vincent).
With the guidance of her new psychiatrist, Dr. Bowman (AdewaleAkinnuoye-Agbaje), and the unfaltering support of Grant, Elizabeth works at regaining control of her mental stability and her life as she begins to plan their wedding.
Struggling to navigate daily voices, hallucinations, anxiety, failing medications and her judgmental, unsupportive mother, Carol (Kathleen Quinlan), Elizabeth fears that Grant will leave her as she clings to hope that love will truly conquer all – even mental illness.
ELIZABETH BLUE was written and directed by first-time filmmaker Vincent Sabella. Sabella is a diagnosed schizophrenic and loosely based the story on a period in his life in 2010 when all of his medications failed, much like the character of Elizabeth. Sabella and his husband, Producer and Distribution Executive Joe Dain, struggled to find the right combination of medication with Vincent’s Psychiatrist, which took nearly a year.
Global Digital Releasing will release ELIZABETH BLUE in NY, LA, and an additional 10 markets on September 22.  The film has a running time of 94 minutes and is rated PG-13 by the MPAA.
The filmmakers and GDR have partnered with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and ELIZABETH BLUE is scheduled to screen at multiple NAMI Affiliate locations across the country during the film’s opening weekend. NAMI is the largest grass roots mental health organization in the country and works with celebrities and filmmakers as part of their ongoing efforts to raise awareness and combat stigmas associated with mental illness. NAMI will also be receiving a portion of the film’s proceeds.
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