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A Preview and Fundraiser for the Film Brainstorm

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening in conversation with the creators of BrainStorm, a documentary about the bipolar spectrum.

This event for the film will include a reading from BrainStorm, the memoir by Sara Schley, a preview of the film with Director Bonnie Waltch and a Q&A with key characters in the film, including Major General Gregg Martin.

Check-in starts at 6:30 PM.

Location: Hummingbird Books, 55 Boylston St, Suite 5510, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

This event is free to attend, and RSVPs are required.

About BrainStorm:

Inspired by the book BrainStorm, Sara Schley’s searing memoir of life on the bipolar spectrum, BrainStorm the Film will transform the landscape around bipolar as we know it. Our goal is to end the stigma, save lives, and maximize health for the millions of people with brains on the bipolar spectrum – and all those who love them.

BrainStorm the Film is an unprecedented initiative that combines inspiring stories of people with lived experience of bipolar, cutting-edge science, and breakthrough treatments in one coherent narrative.

It tells a story of hope, substance, and beauty. The film will give viewers new knowledge and power to create real change in their lives: to go from devastation and despair to health and vitality.

The word “bipolar” conjures up images of wild highs, delusions, all-night sprees, and sudden mood crashes. But this manic-depressive behavior, also known as bipolar I disorder, exists only at one extreme end of what we now know as the “bipolar spectrum.” People whose brains fall elsewhere on the bipolar spectrum — bipolar II and others — experience severe, life-threatening depression, but do not exhibit classic mania.

About Bonnie Waltch:

Bonnie Waltch, Director, Producer, and Writer, is the award-winning senior producer and writer of the one-hour international broadcast documentary, Earth Emergency, and series of five short films, Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops. She has been involved in numerous PBS science series, including The Secret of Life (NOVA/BBC), Scientific American Frontiers, Out of the Past, and The Ring of Truth, as well as programs for the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. She directed and wrote Super Reefs: The Future of Coral for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and has produced exhibit media for museums around the U.S., including Niagara Falls Visitor Center, Pikes Peak Visitor Center, the Tennessee State Museum, the Nebraska State Museum, the Mob Museum, and the National World War II Museum. Bonnie has an BA in Semiotics from Brown University.

About Sara Schley:

Sara Schley, Co-Producer, Co-Writer, and Author of the memoir BrainStorm, is a business consultant, social change entrepreneur, speaker, and author who has led systemic transformation at renowned companies around the world. She is a mother, grandmother, community leader, and has been married for twenty-six years. She also has a bipolar II brain on the bipolar spectrum. Sara has kept this mostly secret for four decades. Until now. In her memoir, BrainStorm: From Broken to Blessed on the Bipolar Spectrum, the inspiration for BrainStorm the Film, she tells her riveting story to save lives, end the stigma, and maximize healing. Sara has a BA from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts.

About Major General Gregg F. Martin, PhD:

Major General Gregg F. Martin, PhD, Expert by Experience, served on active duty for 36 years in the US Army, until retiring in May 2015. He is a combat veteran, bipolar survivor, airborne-ranger-engineer qualified soldier, and army strategist. He holds a Ph.D. and two Master’s degrees from MIT, Master’s degrees in national security strategy from both the Army and Naval war colleges, and a Bachelor’s degree from West Point. He served in the Iraq War and multiple overseas tours. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal (twice), the Bronze Star Medal, and the Combat Action Badge. He is married with three sons and lives in Cocoa Beach, FL, where he is writing, speaking, and sharing his story of “battling bipolar disorder” to help save lives and stop the stigma. His memoir, Bipolar General: My ‘Forever War’ With Mental Illness, will be published in 2023.


March 20
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Hummingbird Books
(617) 487-5101
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Hummingbird Books
55 Boylston Street, Suite 5510
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 United States
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