A film of Hope and Dignity set against the stark reality of serious mental illness.

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Your skills can make all the difference for those who suffer from mental illness.

Artists, ad agencies, medical professionals, real estate developers...

We can all be part of a movement to get people who suffer from mental illness off the street, out of our prisons and into places where they can receive care.

Put your Art Chops to Work for those who suffer Mental Ilness and Homlessness

Help us Create Art and Ad Campaigns

We are looking for artists and ad agencies who want to humanize the face of mental illness to bring hope and dignity to those who need it most.

Create art and ad campaigns for The Puzzle Factory and partner social service organizations.

Connect with those who suffer through art.

Where is your family?

Mother

Sister

Daughter

Son

Brother

Father

What are we looking for?

Ad Agencies and Artists

We are partnering with national and local service organizations.  We want to help spread their message.  Create art and ad campaigns for The Puzzle Factory and these worthy organizations.

Fan Art

Let's fill the world with art that honors and dignifies those who suffer. The only thing worse thatn suffering is suffering alone.

Art Together

Champion the dignity and humanity of those who suffer mental illness by championing their art.  Art can help us connect on a human level.  Everyone has something beautiful to contribute. Do art with those who suffer on your own or through one of our partner organizations like Vail Place or Street Symphony.  Help provide access to art supplies.

Help us Find Housing for the Homeless

We are looking for additional housing to bring hope and dignity to those who need it most.

Help us find properties and build partnerships with service organizations to create more housing for people who struggle with mental illness.

There are Opportunities

out there

There are unused buildings around the US that could provide beds for those who suffer from mental illness.

Those people are often now homeless, dead or in prison ("the beds that never say no")

 

—  Paraphrase from The Great Pretender

     by Susannah Cahallan

Help us address the frontline mental health medical crisis

Medical professionals need greater support from society at large.  Emergency rooms and jails shouldn't be our first and last stop for people struggling with mental illness

Join the conversation with other medical professionals

Where do we go from here?

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There are 90% fewer beds now than in 1963.  We abandoned the state hospital system, but didn't move to an adequate alternative.

 

—   The puzzle Factory Team

Who are we?

Movie

The Puzzle Factory tells the story of a father's desperate search for his son who suffers from debilitating schizophrenia.
The movie is semi-autobiographical, based on the lives of writer/director Cristóbal Krusen and his son Daniel.
Messenger Films has been creating "Films of Beauty, Stories of Hope" for over 30 years.

Mission

The Puzzle Factory is not an advocacy movie, rather it is a deeply moving story offering much-needed hope for those afflicted by mental illness and their loved ones.
However, the state of care for those with serious mental illness desperately needs attention.  The precious humanity of those who suffer demands it.  
We want to use The Puzzle Factory, and supporting media, to move hearts and promote care and dignity for those who suffer from serious mental illness.

Allies

We are partnering with Social Service Organizations, Doctors' Groups, Artists with Mental Illness, Faith Communities, Civic Groups, and Journalists who will use The Puzzle Factory and the media we create around it
to further their mission and ours.

We Have a Problem

There are 90% fewer beds for those with serious mental illness than in 1963.

Those people are often now homeless, dead or in prison ("the beds that never say no")

 

—  Paraphrase from The Great Pretender

     by Susannah Cahallan

Who are we?

Movie

The Puzzle Factory tells the story of a father's desperate search for his son who suffers from debilitating schizophrenia.
The movie is semi-autobiographical, based on the lives of writer/director Cristóbal Krusen and his son Daniel.
Messenger Films has been creating "Films of Beauty, Stories of Hope" for over 30 years.

Mission

The Puzzle Factory is not an advocacy movie, rather it is a deeply moving story offering much-needed hope for those afflicted by mental illness and their loved ones.
However, the state of care for those with serious mental illness desperately needs attention.  The precious humanity of those who suffer demands it.  
We want to use The Puzzle Factory, and supporting media, to move hearts and promote care and dignity for those who suffer from serious mental illness.

Allies

We are partnering with Social Service Organizations, Doctors' Groups, Artists with Mental Illness, Faith Communities, Civic Groups, and Journalists who will use The Puzzle Factory and the media we create around it
to further their mission and ours.

People Need Hope

The Puzzle Factory offers HOPE for those who struggle with long term mental illness and hope for their families.

The Puzzle Factory brings DIGNITY and champions the HUMANITY of those who suffer.

 

—  The Puzzle Factory Team

What are we asking for?

Collaboration

We would like your input as we craft "steps to awareness and involvement" (as much as you would like to give so we can create content that will be helpful for your mission).

Exposure

We ask you to share the news about The Puzzle Factory and supporting media through your communications channels (social media, newsletters, etc.).

Referral

We would welcome referrals for anyone you think may be interested in supporting our work.
We are not asking for money from groups that serve the mentally ill.

For more information

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