SCAD filmmaker Alexandra Miles on Project Blackbird and mental health

In early 2021, Savannah College of Art and Design graduate student Alexandra Miles met some of her fellow filmmakers with a story idea about a young woman who changed her life.

Through his story, Miles wanted to not only debunk eating disorder assumptions, but also illustrate the importance of connection. From that moment, his Oscar-winning short film, “Blackbird”, was born.

In 2018, Miles was a patient at an eating disorder treatment center. During her stay, she realized that on the outside, she and her roommate seemed total opposites – one, a reserved, upper-class black teenager, and the other, a white young adult. , poor and outgoing – the two actually had more in common with each other than either of them could have ever imagined.

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