Los Angeles (June 26, 2017) -- Project HEAL (Help to Eat, Accept, and Live), the largest U.S. ED nonprofit, and consultants on writer/director Marti Noxon’s To the Bone, will host screenings and discussions of the highly-anticipated Netflix film for their New York and Los Angeles chapter members. The hosted screenings will take place on Monday, June 26 in New York and Friday, June 30 in Los Angeles.
“We are honored by our work with Marti Noxon and her team on To the Bone, a film that we feel will help raise further public awareness of eating disorders (EDs)— the most stigmatized, misunderstood, and under recognized of all mental illnesses. Despite affecting an estimated 10% of the population, and having the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses, too many people misunderstand these disorders. To The Bone sheds light on the severity and complexity of eating disorders —capturing the impact of perplexing illnesses on both patient and family—while emphasizing that recovery is possible. The film also highlights the diversity of eating disorder sufferers - showcasing different diagnoses, body sizes, genders, and ethnicities,” said Project HEAL co-founder Liana Rosenman.
Said Project HEAL co-founder Kristina Saffran, “Eating disorder recovery was the most challenging journey in my life, and in the early stages, I was triggered by many things—friends from treatment, diet talk amongst peers, stepping into a gym, and seeing very underweight people. I had to understand where I was in my journey, and avoid those triggers. As I progressed in recovery, I was able to be around those triggers, and now, facing them solidifies how strong I am in recovery and how I never want to go back. I hope that our community can keep this perspective in mind when carefully evaluating whether to view this film, and also remember that the goal of this movie has always been to educate the broader public, and tell the real story of one person who struggled. No two stories are alike and there are plenty more stories that we need to share. The amazing conversation and awareness that To the Bone has already generated will help us to do just that.”
Director of the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders, Dr. Evelyn Attia says, ”I'm hoping that To the Bone will bring attention to the severity of anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders, and stimulate discussion about treatment and recovery. To the Bone portrays that successful treatment is hard work, and that individuals may need support of family, specialist clinicians, and peers along the way.
Based on the real life experiences of writer/director Marti Noxon, To the Bone stars Lily Collins as Ellen, a young woman who makes a last attempt to conquer her severe anorexia by entering a group recovery home which is led by an unconventional doctor. Surprised by the unusual rules—and charmed by her fellow patients—Ellen has to discover for herself how to navigate her addiction and finding the path to choosing life. The film also stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie Preston, Liana Liberato and Alex Sharp.