While you may think the selfie has given our cultural landscape more egomania than insight, you could be surprised to learn a renowned psychiatrist believes otherwise. The likes of Eliza Dooley – as played by Karen Gillan, above – have their face all over social media. But is it purely self-promotion, or is this evolving medium capable of saying something profound?
Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein has moved from prognosis to production, shooting award-winning shorts such as Secrets, A Coming of Age, Selfie Film. Below is Dr. Holstein’s Angst, to give you an idea of how she uses the format:
The “Positive Psychologist” and filmmaker hopes to utilize selfie films so they can empower people who feel oppressed by media negativity. She highlights Monica Lewinsky‘s much-publicized #clickwithcompassion campaign against cyber bullying as an example of the work she wants to support.
With that in mind, Dr. Holstein has launched selfiefilmmakers.com, a dedicated site welcoming submissions from all sections of society. As her press release explains…
From the depths of our souls to the lightest touch of humor, a new wave of filmmakers are exploring being human, being alive, sharing thoughts and feelings in a new way, and discovering all sorts of stories and plots they wish to tell and share via their smart phones.
It’s hoped this new venture will create a higher purpose for the selfie, moving it away from current social perceptions. Best of all, it’s a great starting point for those wanting to express themselves who might feel intimated by the logistics of media production.