“Moving in its humanity and forceful in its pragmatism, the documentary feels like essential viewing, especially for decision makers with the power to enact similar initiatives.”–Los Angeles Times
Join us in a vital conversation on police response to mental health crises. Centered around the new, award-winning documentary, Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops, this online webinar will feature the film’s executive producer, Andrea Meditch, alongside editor, Toby Shimin and Deputy Director for the New Mexico Behavioral Health Services Division, Tiffany Wynn. Registrants will receive a link to stream the documentary prior to the discussion.
Both timely and pressing, this intimate portrait showcases two Texas police officers helping change the way police respond to mental health calls. These officers, part of the San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit, offer a compassionate approach to divert people away from jail and into mental health treatment.
Andrea Meditch is an Emmy-winning creative and executive producer, whose films have won and been nominated for Oscars, and won top awards at such major festivals as Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto. She has produced or executive produced Emmy winner DANGEROUS ACTS, Oscar winner MAN ON WIRE, Oscar shortlisted BUCK, Oscar nominated ENCOUNTERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD, GRIZZLY MAN, IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON, THE KILLER WITHIN, DOUBLETIME and THE FLIGHT THAT FOUGHT BACK. THE CAGE FIGHTER premiered at San Francisco and THE SENSITIVES at Tribeca in 2017. Before launching her own company Andrea held executive and creative positions at Discovery, including building and running the first iteration of Discovery Films. Andrea is an advisor each year to the Sundance Producer Labs, Points North non-fiction storyteller retreat, the Hot Docs Forum and the American Film Showcase.
Editor Toby Shimin began her film career as a sound editor, and switched to picture editing in 1988 when she cut THE CHILDREN’S STOREFRONT, which was nominated for an Academy Award. Since then, she has edited numerous films that have premiered at Sundance, including, HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, which won a Peabody Award, A LEAP OF FAITH, MARTHA & ETHEL, MISS AMERICA, EVERYTHING’S COOL and the Sundance Audience Award winning films, OUT OF THE PAST and BUCK, which was also short-listed for an Academy Award. In 2017, she received the prestigious Documentary Editing Award at the Woodstock Film Festival for HBO’s 32 PILLS: MY SISTER’S SUICIDE. Her most recent film, THIS IS HOME, won the Audience Award in World Cinema at Sundance in 2018.
Tiffany Wynn MA, LPCC is currently the Deputy Director of the Behavioral Health Services Division, in the Human Services Department in NM. She has served her community as a therapist, clinical director, and executive director. She teaches counselor education for Prescott College. Her research includes training police departments, court systems, and jails on trauma-responsive care.