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Last Monday evening, The Kim Foundation attended an event hosted by local filmmaker, Nathan Edwards. Edwards and his cast and crew had just wrapped up filming, “Melancholy,” merely hours before the event took place. “Melancholy” is a film about the experience of a young woman in her twenties dealing with the realities of major depressive disorder.

The Slowdown was full of supportive individuals there to help raise awareness of the film, raise funds for the cast, as well as money to help cover post-production costs. The crew warmed up the crowd by preforming a variety of amusing lip-sync battles. While the singers preformed, the audience had the opportunity to place bids on who they thought should be the winner.

After the trailer debuted, Julia Hebenstreit, the Executive Director of The Kim Foundation got up to speak. She covered a variety of topics including community resources, symptoms of depression, and warning signs of suicide. The Kim Foundation also had a booth at the back of the room that offered additional information and resources.

We are so grateful to have been included in such a wonderful event and we look forward to the film’s completion!


About Jill Sauser, The Kim Foundation Project Coordinator
Jill graduated with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Speech Communication from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2009. During her time at UNO, she completed a two year PR practicum program where she worked with numerous nonprofit clients including the MS Society, The Archdiocese of Omaha, The Omaha Food Bank, and YWCA. Since becoming Project Coordinator at The Kim Foundation in April 2014, she has become an active member of the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition, The Omaha Metro Hoarding Taskforce, the Early Childhood Mental Health Coalition, the Metro Area LOSS Team, and is helping lead a community-wide health improvement initiative with the Douglas County Health Department called, “Just Reach Out,” which is focused on improving the people’s view on mental and behavioral health treatment.