Films by James Callner

Films by James Callner

Awareness Films was started by writer/director James Callner in the early eighties. Our films are educational with a dramatic edge that will make you cry-happy. We have found that the quickest way to opening your heart – to educate your mind – is through the medium of film. In addition, we take our films on the lecture circuit, showing the film followed by an educational presentation about OCD.

The American Psychiatric Association, The International Health and Medical Film Festival, The United States International Film Festival, The National Educational Film Festival and many others have honored us. We are always grateful and amazed at the recognition we receive.

Our films are distributed to schools, television, associations, therapists, health care providers, and are available to view free here.

The Touching Tree is the first film made about a child with OCD. It was produced by The International OCD Foundation and Awareness Films and Written and Directed by James Callner. Mr. Callner based the film on his own challenges with OCD. The Touching Tree has won 8 National and International film awards. It’s intent is to bring OCD awareness and education to the public.

 

In the Shoes of Christopher is a Story About a Bully and a Boy with OCD. The film was awarded best Independent Film from Kids First, The Coalition For Quality Children’s Media. Bullying around the world cannot be tolerated and those that are challenged with OCD are not immune from being bullied. This film is our attempt to give teachers, students and adults a look into what it would be like to be in the shoes of a teenager with OCD. It’s intent is to bring awareness and education.

 

A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the award-winning short film about a school bully and a boy with OCD ~ In the Shoes of Christopher

 

This award winning short film explores the trails of a mother suffering from OCD and how her family copes. It reveals the presence and commonality of OCD in so many families and the need for education and compassion.

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Breathe in 4, hold for 2 sec, breathe out 8. Go slower and slower and slower. You do not have to be perfect at this but its the fastest natural way to calm down anxiety surges JC

 

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OCD Threat vs. Real Threat

Here's what I have learned about the workings of OCD over many years. I'm going to simplify it because I can't stand complexity. OCD perceives a threat of some kind, it goes directly to your amygdala and fires off a fight or flight response. We flight, manifesting in anxiety, The perceived threat keeps looping in our thoughts which can lead to compulsions to soothe that flight response. But, is it a real threat? E.g. I was on the off ramp of the freeway and an ambulance went flying by my car. The OCD threat briefly hit me with a thought and a little anxiety. Could I get sick from any germs magically flying in the air from that ambulance?. Answer; no. Why? If that were true, hundreds if not thousand of cars that the ambulance drove by would be all "contaminated" too. So, that's an OCD threat that creates a lie in our minds. A real threat; One day, I had to stop suddenly on the freeway to avoid the hitting the car that stopped to fast. Same process but I couldn't label that as an OCD threat. It was real and the fight or flight went off and I slammed on my breaks. In that case I went into fight mode because I didn't want to hit the car. So what's the lesson or practice? Identify OCD threats as lies. Then, breathe. The percentages of an OCD treat being real are so off the chart we can safely say -OCD always lies. JC <3
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OCD Threat vs. Real Threat

Heres what I have learned about the workings of OCD over many years. Im going to simplify it because I cant stand complexity. OCD perceives a threat of some kind, it goes directly to your amygdala and fires off a fight or flight response. We flight, manifesting in anxiety, The perceived threat keeps looping in our thoughts which can lead to compulsions to soothe that flight response. But, is it a real threat? E.g. I was on the off ramp of the freeway and an ambulance went flying by my car. The OCD threat briefly hit me with a thought and a little anxiety. Could I get sick from any germs magically flying in the air from that ambulance?. Answer; no. Why? If that were true, hundreds if not thousand of cars that the ambulance drove by would be all contaminated too.  So, thats an OCD threat that creates a lie in our minds. A real threat; One day, I had to stop suddenly on the freeway to avoid the hitting the car that stopped to fast. Same process but I couldnt label that as an OCD threat. It was real and the fight or flight went off and I slammed on my breaks.  In that case I went into fight mode because I didnt want to hit the car. So whats the lesson or practice? Identify OCD threats as lies. Then, breathe. The percentages of an OCD treat being real are so off the chart we can safely say -OCD always lies. JC
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OCD Coaching Videos are not designed to replace professional OCD Therapy. They are intended to help in the education and coaching for those suffering with OCD. James Callner is an OCD Educator and Coach, teaching from over 35 years of his own recovery experience. The Coaching Videos, Blog Posts and other information on this website are not a replacement for a professional therapist. Mr. Callner contributes his videos to the OCD Treatment Centre in Taunton England. OCD Treatment Centre therapists approve all OCD Coaching Videos. .