The first screening in the Real2Reel Film Festival is “Connecting the Dots”

About the Documentary – Connecting the Dots is the first feature documentary of its kind to offer a raw and intimate look at youth mental health from a global perspective. With heart-felt poignant stories of lived experience, the film exclusively showcases young voices breaking barriers surrounding youth mental health. Through highly cinematic and character driven storytelling, Connecting the Dots is emotional, reflective and hopeful. Our future leaders are speaking up. It’s time to listen.

Thank you to the panelists and to everyone from the community who attended!

Event Details

Date: March 28, 2023

Time: Screening & Panel Discussion 6:30 – 9:30pm


Noemi Weis:  Filmmaker and award-winning Writer, Director and Producer. As a humanitarian and an advocate leader Noemí journeys where stories take her to bring voice to the world’s most vulnerable.

Amanda Fellows: Manager, Community Programs at Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County. She has worked for CFS for 12 years both in front line work and in management. Over the course of her career Amanda has supported the development of many different programs including the YouthCALL program which supports transitional aged youth across Simcoe County. Amanda’s skills include program design and development, facilitation, community engagement, building strategic partnerships and a genuine passion for community work.

           Karin Euler: Physician with the Rural Ontario Medicine Program

Jay Staats (they/them) is a Indigiqueer person currently working as the Family and Youth Program Supervisor at the Gilbert Centre. They have a passion along with lived experience for 2SLGBTQ+ empowerment, harm reduction and addiction support, and mental health care. They are happy to bring their skillset and experience to the table.


Location: Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe St Studio 7, Collingwood ON L9Y 1H7

Get Involved: Sponsorship Opportunities

The Connecting the Dots film screening event has passed, however we have other exciting film screening sponsorship opportunities planned.

We’ll be screening Traffick on 401 in Barrie on May 30th.

In recognition of The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, we’ll present Birth of a Family in Midland on September 26th.

Our final screening of the festival will take place on October 24th in Orillia where we’ll screen Four Feet Up .

If you would like to sponsor any of these events or get involved in another United Way Simcoe Muskoka event, please contact:

Rosi Martin

Relationship Manager

705.726.2301 x2035

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