PART TIME FABULOUS competes at the 7th Annual Durango Independent Film Festival

Award-winning Film, PART TIME FABULOUS, Chronicling the Silent Epidemic of Clinical Depression Screens March 1st & 3rd as an Official Selection in Competition at the 7th Annual Durango Independent Film Festival in Durango, Colorado.
Don holds Mel, scene from Part Time Fabulous
Don holds Mel, scene from Part Time Fabulous
Feb. 26, 2012 - PRLog -- Award-winning Film Chronicling the Silent Epidemic of Clinical Depression
Screens March 1st & 3rd Sponsored by Sonas Integrative Medical Center

Filmmakers Jules Bruff and Alethea Root will participate in the “POWER OF STORY” Panel Presented by Film 4 Change

February 23, 2012 (LOS ANGELES, Calif) – Filmmakers Jules Bruff (TIXE Films), Alethea Root and Don Presley (Truth 13 Productions), in partnership with Eleonore Dailly, and Cheryl Stewart (howUNoriginal Productions) bring PART TIME FABULOUS (PTF) to the 7th Annual Durango Independent Film Festival (DIFF) on Thursday, March 1st at 3:00pm and Saturday, March 3rd at 6:00pm at the Gaslight Theaters 1 & 2, located at 102 E. Fifth St., Durango, Colorado. The film will compete for Best Narrative Feature. No U.S. distributor is attached at this time. See below for screening details.

The DIFF program, sponsored by Durango’s Sonas Integrative Medical Center, brings PART TIME FABULOUS to two screens during the festival. The compelling feature-length film weaves a tale of love, pain and healing by illuminating the hidden struggles and controversial perspectives of real-life depression survivors against a modern love story. The film, supported by the esteemed National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), was inspired by Bruff’s intensely personal experience with Clinical Depression. Bruff diagnosed at age 20, battled the disease in secret for many years.

“I hope our film will help illuminate what it can be like to live with Clinical Depression.
In making this film I discovered that most people I spoke with had a family member or friend whose life had been adversely affected by mental illness.  I want to spread the word: Depression isn’t your fault, nor should you be ashamed of it…help is available,” says creator and lead actor, Jules Bruff.

The film follows Mel (Jules Bruff), a young woman who suddenly falls in love with a man, Don (Bjørn Johnson), when on vacation. So taken with each other, Don moves in with her twelve days later. It’s not until then that Mel’s deep-rooted and untreated Clinical Depression reveals itself. Her inability to deal with her illness pushes a wedge between them and ultimately breaks them apart. Mel is forced to finally face her disease alone. In the quest to heal herself, she sets out to make a documentary that exposes her truth, and the heartfelt truth of others dealing with this disease.

In PART TIME FABULOUS Bruff and Root eloquently examine the social, philosophical and often treacherous implications of keeping one’s depression hidden from loved ones, the stigma that mental illness plays in a victim’s life, and the challenges that are associated with finding help and living with Clinical Depression -- from the acute risk of suicide and hospitalization to the process of unlocking a healthy breakthrough.

Making its worldwide festival tour, PART TIME FABULOUS screened to sold-out audiences at the Monaco International Charity Film Festival (MCFF) in May 2011 and the Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) in June 2011. Creator/lead actor Jules Bruff was honored with the Best Actress award at MCFF, and the film won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at BIFF. August 2011 PTF took best actress and best actor awards at the Feel Good Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA and won the prestigious Film 4 Change award at the Albuquerque Film Festival the same month. The Durango Independent Film Festival is a return to Colorado for Bruff, an alum of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Bruff studied acting a the school having received a scholarship for Best Actress in her senior year of study for her BFA.

PART TIME FABULOUS has recently been nominated for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s prestigious 2012 VOICE Award which recognizes film productions that promote the social inclusion of people with behavioral health problems, demonstrate that recovery is real and possible, and make a positive impact on the community.


-   "Forget any Hollywood portrayal of mental illness you've ever seen. Jules Bruff sets a new standard for raw honesty and fearless integrity. It is a staggering performance" - Stephen Chbosky, award-winning writer/director: THE PERK OF BEING A WALLFLOWR, creator/writer: JERICHO; writer: RENT, for the screen.

-   “1 in 4 Americans are affected by a serious Mental illness…PART TIME FABULOUS can make a difference in the public's perception of mental illness and what it takes to achieve the balance of mental, physical, and emotional elements which support recovery.  Here's a film that merits all the accolades it has received. We are pleased to be able to support its appearance.” - NAMI-Berkshire County, Massachusetts

PART TIME FABULOUS is produced by Truth 13 Productions and TIXE Films in association with howUNoriginal Productions. The production team began principal photography in November 2009 and continued through May 2010. Bruff and Root documented more than 200 hours of personal accounts from 25 depression survivors across California. These real-life experiences are woven throughout the intense and modern love story surrounding the main characters, Mel (Jules Bruff) and Don (Bjorn Johnson), which were created using a brave combination of improvisation and lightly scripted scenes.  

PART TIME FABULOUS will screen Thursday, March 1st at 3:00pm the Gaslight Theater One located at 102 E. Fifth St., Durango, Colorado and Saturday, March 3rd at 6:00pm at the Gaslight Theater Two. A short film entitled A FINGER, TWO DOTS, THEN ME will screen just prior to PART TIME FABULOUS on both days.
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On Saturday, March 3rd Jules Bruff creator/actor(Part Time Fabulous) and Alethea Root director (Part Time Fabulous) join indie icon Alex Cox writer (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, X Films: True Confessions of a Radical Filmmaker), director (Repo Man, Sid & Nancy, Kurosawa: The Last Emperor), actor (Backtrack, Floundering) and teacher (Colorado University, Film Studies) along with Manny Otto, associate publisher at MWP for a panel discussion entitled, “POWER OF STORY” presented by Film 4 Change from 11am-12pm at the Back Stage Theatre, 1120 Main Ave., Ste. 2. The panel will discuss the role story plays in film and culture, and why we all must tell our stories. Rich Henrich, Founder/Director Film 4 Change, will moderate. The panel is free and open to the public, seating is limited.

About the Durango independent Film Festival:
The Durango Independent Film Festival is committed to film literacy and to being a welcoming, intimate and unique film organization that screens global, innovative and diverse films that connect independent filmmakers, their artistic process, and their vision to the community. DIFF accepts entries for shorts, documentaries, and feature films on all subject matter. We also have family, animated, school, adventure/sports and Native American film programs For more information:

About Program Sponsor: Sonas Integrative Medical Center
“Sonas” which means happiness in Gaelic – is an integrated health services center in Durango, Colorado dedicated to blending family medicine with naturopathic philopsy and knowledge to bring patient and their families holistic and comprehensive health care. For more information:

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Jules Bruff and Alethea Root are available for interviews
The press are invited and encouraged to attend

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