FREE SPEECH ZONE | Minneapolis Independent Filmmaker Uses Art to Heal From Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Inspired by his real life battle with civilian post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Minneapolis-based Independent filmmaker and freelance Creative Director Edd Blott uses film to tell the story of his first step to finding joy in suffering. The film, titled A Tale of Delight, premieres July 20th at the Trylon microcinema in Minneapolis.Local filmmaker Edd Blott pulls from life experience in his search for joy in suffering with his new film, A Tale of Delight. The 23 minute headline film premieres alongside a collection of other local filmmaker’s works on July 20th at the Trylon in Minneapolis.Free Speech ZoneThe Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releasesIn August 2009, Edd was witness to a young man hit and killed by the Minneapolis light rail. This sight affected him deeply with what a doctor eventually diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder. Continue Reading

Veterans For Peace convention explores military suicide “epidemic”

Penny Coleman wishes people would stop thinking of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in combat veterans as a mental disorder. “It’s not a disorder, it’s an injury,” says Coleman flatly. Coleman led a workshop on PTSD and suicide prevention at the Veterans For Peace national convention held in Minneapolis the last week of August. About 20 Vietnam veterans, an Iraq war veteran, and two family members who each lost a sibling (one to suicide following her service in Vietnam and one in combat) shared what works and what doesn’t in treating PTSD in soldiers. What’s clear is that from Minnesota to Alabama to Colorado and Maine, VFP members devote time to helping their fellow veterans cope with combat-related trauma. Continue Reading