Synopsis: Keeping The Chaos Together is a documentary that takes an intimate look into the lives of those who live with mental health struggles, such as anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder. The film’s inspirational stories, as well as interviews with psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals, provide a deeper understanding about mental illness and show that with the proper care, treatment and resources, one can live a happy and successful life. The more mental health is talked about in an open and honest way, the closer we will become to putting an end to the stigma. Where there is hope, there is recovery.
People who I cross paths with often inspire the documentaries I create. Sharing authentic, personal and intimate stories that others can relate to while finding the light is what I strive to do through my work. Mental health is so important to our well-being and I want the viewers of this documentary to gain a better understanding of mental illness, and for those who live with mental health issues, I want them to know that they are not alone. I am always grateful for the opportunity to listen to someone’s story and hopefully impart a meaningful impact on their life through film. Where there is hope, there is recovery.
Stacey Summers was born in Brooklyn, New York and is an award-winning filmmaker. In 2013, she founded Poppy Pro Productions and was awarded a Houston Arts Alliance Grant for her first documentary, Unbreakable Threads. The film centers on the many different family structures our world is made up of and aims to help children feel confident and proud of whoever is raising them. In 2018, she produced the documentary, Dear Cancer, Love Stacy, which raised awareness of BRCA-related cancers and genetic testing, and shared the journey of a woman who is a BRCA gene carrier. This film won Best Short at the California Women’s Film Festival. Her next film, a comedy feature, Krazy Meets Karma, screened last year at the Chelsea Film Festival in New York City. Stacey’s most recent work includes directing and producing the documentary, Keeping The Chaos Together, which focuses on mental health and, so far, has received Official Selection at The Virtual REEL Recovery Film Festival & Symposium and the Award of Merit at The Accolade Global Film Competition. Stacey has received grants for all of her documentaries from the Houston Arts Alliance and her films have been screened in many festivals and at universities. Stacey Is currently working on various projects including a comedy TV script which she hopes will be seen on TV, soon. She is married with three daughters and resides in Houston. She has also lived in San Francisco and in the UK.
Accolade Global Film Competition - United States - 2020
Award of Merit (Keeping The Chaos Together)