Stop the Stigma.

About the film

Only 38% of youth suffering from depression receive the help they need.

Out of Sight takes a close look at how our society treats adolescents suffering from mental illness.

Through a series of gripping interviews with adolescents, adult survivors, parents, educators, and activists including To Write Love On Her Arms founder Jamie Tworkowski, Out of Sight explores why depression, self-harm, and other mental illnesses are so frequently swept under the rug. It explores the ongoing conflicts within families that often accompany mental health disorders and the dangerous but very common consequences of willful denial and inaction.

Out of Sight examines the cultural epidemic surrounding the stigmatization of mental illness in young adults and the silent suffering of those left without care.

  • Winner of the Linny and Beall Fowler Audience Award
    Favorite Feature Film
    Southside Film Festival 2016
  • Nominated for Best Director of a Feature Documentary
    & Scientific & Educational Award
    Nice International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema 2017
  • Honorable Mention Documentary
    SAMHSA Voice Awards 2016

“Vitally important... heartbreakingly presented.”

Ken Rudolpf
Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

“An important contribution... (that) has helped us to initiate a conversation about these important issues.”

Dr. Linda Van Meter
Director of Counseling and Psychological Services
East Stroudsburg University

“The filmmaker’s sense of cinematic language unveils the captivating effect of each person’s tale...”

Forwardian Arts Society


Where to Watch

You can purchase a DRM-free HD Download of the film, a DVD, Blu-Ray Disc, or shirt from our online store.

We will be available from other online VOD outlets shortly.

Our team

Kyle Mahaney

Director & Producer

Kyle Mahaney is a filmmaker and photographer from the Pocono Mountains, who founded Brave Voice Films in 2012. He has a BFA in film production from DeSales University, and now primarily works in post production as both an editor and colorist.

Aimee Bender

Co-Director & Co-Producer

Aimee Bender is a filmmaker and artist from the Philadelphia area, with a focus in documentary film. She has been collaborating as part of the Brave Voice team since 2013. She has experience in production, directing, and graphic design. In addition, she has studied fine art and art history, concentrating in painting and printmaking.

Jessie Minor

Co-Director & Co-Producer

Jessie Minor is a Cedar Crest College graduate with a degree in technical theatre. She co-founded Brave Voice Films in 2012. She now works as a senior theatre operations technician at Duke University.

Becca Tomlinson

Editor & Composer

Becca Tomlinson is a filmmaker and musician living in the Pocono Mountains. She joined Brave Voice Films in 2013 as a volunteer assisting with interviews, and later transitioned to being the editor and composer of Out of Sight. She is also a musician, releasing pop-folk music under the name “Esse.”

Matthew Buonanno

Assistant Director & Assistant Editor

Matthew Buonanno is a scientist and biomedical engineer living in Philadelphia. He joined Brave Voice Films in 2013 to help with pre-production on Out of Sight as an assistant director and assistant editor. He hasn’t studied art formally, but tries his best to make up for that with his extensive knowledge of arthouse cinema.

Sarah Komlenic

Assistant Director & Assistant Editor

Sarah Tomlinson Komlenic has a B. A. in French language studies from Grove City College. She joined the project's production team in 2013 after filming an interview for the film. She is recently married and has relocated to central Michigan.

Laurel Wenson

Assistant Director & Assistant Editor

Laurel Wenson has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Fitchburg State College. During school internships and subsequent jobs after graduation, Laurel worked in various counseling/therapy fields with a variety of populations. She has done group and individual therapy sessions with various populations. Since she began homeschooling she has had a special calling to being a support person to teens battling with depression and dysfunctional families.

Anthony Vonelli

Assistant Director & Assistant Editor

Anthony Vonelli has a B.S. in Psychology from DeSales University and M.S. in Instructional Technology from Lehigh University. He became interested in the project after speaking to one of our directors about conducting an interview. Since then, he has taken a great interest in the development of the film. Anthony has worked at camps in the area to aid local children in their education while taking great interest in the study of music to serve as therapy for children in need.

And many more dedicated volunteers.




We love to hear from you, or talk with anyone willing to share their story or learn how they can help "stop the stigma" in their community.


Phone: (347) 687-8825
Crisis Hotline: (800) 273-TALK
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