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Virtual Screening and Twitter Chat with Darrell Hammond and Michelle Esrick!

JUNE 10TH. Twitter Chat at 7pm EST.

This exclusive opportunity to view the film is available to all ACES Connection members - a free membership that connects you to the ACES community! Sign up here.

June 3rd: Screening of “Cracked Up” at “A Universe of Support”: National Children’s Alliance’s 2019 Leadership Conference

National Children’s Alliance’s annual Leadership Conference, the premier annual event of the nation’s largest network of care centers serving child victims of abuse, comes to Washington, D.C., June 2-5. More than 700 Children’s Advocacy Center leaders, professionals, and experts will gather in D.C. to learn, connect, renew their spirits, and engage elected leaders to support America’s most vulnerable. 

Please join us June 3 for a private screening of “Cracked Up,” the courageous new documentary from award-winning filmmaker, poet, and social activist Michelle Esrick. “Cracked Up” explores the trauma, addiction, and recovery of SNL legend Darrell Hammond, as he takes us through his past and present=day experiences with incredible resilience, vulnerability, wisdom and humor.

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October 2019: School of Social Change - Addiction in America


A special screening of Cracked Up with the director, Michelle Esrick, who will speak on childhood trauma as a root cause of addiction.




May 29th: Screening at 30th World Trauma Conference

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 7:30-8:30 PM

Join filmmaker Michelle Esrick and Dr. Bessel  van der Kolk at a special screening of Cracked Up followed by a Q & A at the International Trauma Conference, Boston, MA

Sea Port World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston, MA (map)

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May 15th: TEDx Traverse City

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 12:30-1:30 PM

Michelle Esrick will be a featured speaker at TEDx Traverse City.


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April 24th: Faces of Resilience

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 6:00-9:00 PM

A special screening of Cracked Up followed by a Q&A with director Michelle Esrick and Darrell Hammond


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November 14th: World Premiere of Cracked Up at DOC NYC Film Festival

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 7:00-9:00 PM

With courage and, of course, humor, master impressionist, comedian and Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond reveals his dark history of child abuse. Brilliant in the spotlight, Darrell was misdiagnosed and wrongly medicated for decades, struggling with drugs, alcohol and nightmarish flashbacks. Michelle Esrick’s poignant film illuminates the devastating effects of childhood trauma and the importance of setting repressed memories free. She artfully balances humor and tragedy to craft a beautiful story of hope and resilience.

Second screening added at 9:45pm. Both screenings SOLD OUT!

Source:: http://www.docnyc.net/film/cracked-up/

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Oct 15th-17: 2018 National ACE's Conference

Cracked Up was invited to give a private screening at the 2018 National ACEs Conference in San Francisco, CA on October 15-17th. In attendance were close to 1,000 health care professionals ranging from pediatricians, psychologists, teachers, therapists, and specialists working with the ACE study in their practice. Some of the audience members suggested to Esrick that the film be required viewing for doctors, therapists, teachers, parents and anyone working with children. 

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Sept. 24th-26th: Capitol Hill Visit

On October 24th, President Trump signed into law the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. We are honored to have played a role in helping to get this important legislation passed and signed into law.

On September 24-26th, Michelle Esrick and Darrell Hammond met with members of Congress and non-governmental organizations in Washington, DC to discuss childhood trauma and two important supporting bills; the Trauma-Informed Care for Children and Families Act and Opioid Crisis Response Act. On October 24th, President Trump signed into law the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act. We are honored to have played a role in helping to get this important legislation passed and signed into law. They met with:

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

  • National Children's Alliance

  • Senator Heidi Heitkamp 

  • Representative Bobby Scott

  • Representative Frank Pallone

  • Senator Dick Durbin

  • Congressman Mike Gallagher

  • Congressman Danny K. Davis

  • Julia Frederick, representative from Senator Elizabeth Warren's office

  • Energy & Commerce Committee

  • Ways & Means Committee

  • Education & the Workforce Committee

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August 3rd-4th: Traverse City Film Festival Screening

Cracked Up was screened as a work-in-progress film on August 3-4th at Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan. Both screenings were sold out and the film along with Director Michelle Esrick received a very moving standing ovation. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Esrick, and Producer David Becker was also in attendance.