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“By far the most powerful documentary that I have seen about mental illness…"
Pete Earley
Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Author of Crazy​
“By giving us such a compelling and human story, Unlisted makes an incredibly important contribution to our understanding of mental illness in this country and the challenges we face in confronting it."
David Satcher, MD PhD
Former US Surgeon General​
“Oh my goodness, It's beautiful and powerful, a love poem and a call to action. I hope it's seen by many because it's a tremendous public service and educational tool wrapped in a compelling, heart-felt narrative.”
Steve Lopez
LA Times Reporter, Author of The Soloist
“I have had the great good fortune to screen Unlisted several times with a wide range of family members and clinicians and have been most impressed with the extraordinary power of the film to convey critical lessons and insights about living with schizophrenia. Unlisted stands out as one of finest documentaries on mental illness in decades.”
Marvin Swartz
Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University
"When I saw Unlisted at a film festival, I knew I had to get this to our staff at King County. I was certain they would be as moved as I was by the personal, yet universal, story and important discussions would ensue. That is exactly what happened. It is clear that Unlisted is going to be greatly appreciated in settings like ours across the country."
Sharon Farmer MD
Medical Director Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services, King County
"A compelling story that makes the diagnosis real as you watch a father struggle to maintain a relationship with his daughter... to be seen by all concerned with promoting healthy minds."
Bill Foege
former Director of the Centers for Disease Control and former Director of the Carter Center
“Ruston's clear-eyed determination to explore the world of her father brings the viewer to see up close a detailed view of another's struggles that is rarely seen in films. As a doctor, as a daughter, as a filmmaker, she manages to tell a story that is gripping and informative. The viewers, both medical professionals and the public at large will find this a very poignant, moving experience, solidly constructed, both good art and good science, my kind of film.”
Les Blank
Maya Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement as a Filmmaker of over 40 documentaries
"Watching this movie will move and educate you-as it did me- and convince us all that we must be fearless in seeking the government support needed to address this personal and societal injustice"
Patty Stonesifer
former CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and current Board Chair of the Smithsonian Institution
"Unflinching in its candor, Unlisted, reminds me of the incredible power that one compelling story can have in shaping the way we think about major societal issues."
Helene Gayle
President and CEO, CARE
"This is an outstanding film that should be seen by anyone who has a loved one, friend or relative with mental illness. In other words, just about everyone."
Amnon Shoenfeld
Director of King County's Mental Health Services
“It is a wonderfully poignant film which brings to light the growing pandemic of mental illness and its ever-increasing connection to homelessness. Like no other vehicle I’ve observed it de-stigmatizes mental illness and exposes it for what it really is; a complex sickness not unlike any other in our society whether it be diabetes, cancer, or multiple sclerosis.”
Jon Dol
Vice President of Community Outreach, United Way
"A great documentary... that will appeal to a wide audience including people who do not know what schizophrenia is to well informed consumers, families and clinicians..."
John E Gray
Past President, Schizophrenia Society of Canada
“I saw your film recently at our staff meeting. The film was amazing. I felt privileged to witness your personal struggle and the triumph of your spirit as you embraced the pain of your childhood. … I will never forget you or your father.”
Brenda Mayer
King County Designated Chemical Dependency Specialist
"I have never felt a show or documentary have such a personal effect as this did. Our youngest Son is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia… I want to thank you for sharing your story! It has inspired me to put together a journal, or book, or maybe even a video about Ross's life prior to his mental health illness."
Carole W.
"I just watched the film on PBS and just wanted to let the author know this film touched my heart in unimaginable ways."
Claire Day
"Unlisted........GREAT film.  It was enlightening to see how a physician would deal with a family member with mental illness."
Dot Stoll
Yankton, South Dakota
"My mother is a paranoid schizophrenic…it's like you were telling my story.  And because you did, I feel my fiancé and his family have a real understanding of this particular situation after their 6 years of knowing me and watching my struggles.  That's powerful communication that most likely otherwise would not have happened."
Leanne Acklin
Erie, Pennsylvania
"Dr. Delaney Ruston's film focuses on the importance of PADs/ Psychiatric Advance Directives. .. She's promoting Choice, Collaboration, and Communication.  She's kindling Relationship and Trust.."
Catherine B. Rickerby
Middlebury, Vermont
"My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia… I was worried about him watching it but wanted him to watch it at the same time… Two days later, he came and asked me what an advanced directive was and would I help him fill one out. He wanted to be prepared for a possible relapse. You know how much that means.  He is no longer furious with me about the past commitments. He understood why. I overheard him telling someone that "my mom didn't send me away because she wanted me gone, she sent me away because she wanted me back"… Your film and more importantly your honest portrayal of mental illness reminds me that I am not alone."
Kathy Avsar
Department of Psychology - Birmingham, Alabama
"I've been searching for my first social work job… But your documentary reinforced how much I really want to work with people like your father... Thanks so much for a great film."
John C. Westropp
MSSA, LSW - Cleveland, Ohio
"Your documentary lit the dark room that is mental illness; giving hope to those onto which it casts its shadow."
Aubrey Shaw
Brewster, NY
"You were so courageous to engage in your relationship with your dad and to let us all into this painful and intimate part of your life.  I loved your dad's book and the way you wove it into the film.  I also really appreciated him and his struggles."
Cate Potyen
MA Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 
- Steamboat Springs,  CO
"The screening was amazing and everyone in attendance found your movie truly amazing. Congratulations for making such a poignant film."
Michael Ascher
MS - Chair of the Residents’ Committee for the American Psychiatric Association, NY
"I have been a mental health professional for years, and your film was just the best."
Mary Sue Meyerhoven
M.S., M.M.T. - Eureka Springs, Arkansas
"This is the first time in my life I have ever written someone I don't know a letter but how could I not? I was so moved and could so relate to all of your emotions. My mother had the illness and one of the biggest emotions I feel is gulit. She never met any of her grandchildren…you are the first person and filmmaker I have seen with my own story."
North Carolina