Orchestrating Change: Austen Riggs Celebrates the 2021 Media Prize Recipients

October 18, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Documentary film, Orchestrating Change, about Orchestra for people living with mental illness named 2021 recipient of Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media

This is a virtual event and requires advance registration.
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m. (Eastern)  

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Added benefit for registrants! Two days prior to the event, you will receive a password-protected link that will allow you to view the film.

Description: Join us virtually as we celebrate the recipients of the 2021 Austen Riggs Erikson Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media: Executive Producers/Directors Margie Friedman and Barbara Multer-Wellin for their documentary Orchestrating Change, a film about Me2/Orchestra, the world’s only orchestra created by and for people living with mental illness and those who support them.   

Hear from the recipients, co-founders of Me2/Orchestra Ronald Braunstein and Caroline Whiddon, orchestra member Sandy Bartlett, Riggs Medical Director/CEO Eric M. Plakun, MD, and Erikson Institute Director Jane G. Tillman, PhD. 

Event Participants 

Margie Friedman & Barbara Multer-Weller 
Orchestrating Change, Executive Producer/Directors 

Margie and Barbara are both EMMY award winning producers with years of non-fiction television experience. They have produced shows for CBS, NBC, ABC, HBO, Showtime, Lifetime, HGTV, Disney Channel, and others. Their previous films have aired on PBS including, the prestigious series, “Independent Lens.” 

Ronald Braunstein 
Music Director and co-founder, Me2/Orchestra 

A graduate of The Juilliard School, he won the Gold Medal in the Herbert von Karajan International Conducting Competition. He has conducted the San Francisco Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, among many others. Mr. Braunstein was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and created Me2/Orchestra to support others who struggle to maintain good mental health. 

Caroline Whiddon 
Executive Director and co-founder, Me2/Orchestra 

Caroline has more than two decades of experience in orchestra leadership. She is a past Chair of the Youth Orchestra Division of the League of American Orchestras. Caroline received her Bachelor’s degree in French horn performance from the Eastman School of Music. She was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder nearly 30 years ago. 

Braunstein and Whiddon launched Me2/in the fall of 2011. They married in 2013. 

Sandy Bartlett 

Sandy plays flute and piccolo with Me/Boston. She works full-time and is currently in school getting a degree in biology.  

Eric M. Plakun, MD 
Medical Director/CEO, Austen Riggs Center 

Jane G. Tillman, PhD 
Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research 

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