MY SISTER LIV features sisters Tess and Liv, who from a young age are inseparable. Liv is a young girl, growing up with relentless pressures of social media, teen depression and, often, suicidal thoughts. MY SISTER LIV takes us into a rare and riveting journey of raw emotions and fears of a young life on the edge — and ultimately a big sister’s desperate struggle to save her. Through fearless storytelling, MY SISTER LIV reveals the realities of stigma, the struggles of mental health, and the aftermath for the survivors left behind in a suicide. As a family learns to cope with their new normal, they find hope in filling a gap around fearlessly talking about mental health and ultimately to save young lives.
North American Premiere
MY SISTER LIV, THE FILM
We are a group of filmmakers who believe wholeheartedly in Liv’s impact and legacy. Through her story, told by sister Tess and mom Honey, Liv’s family bravely takes us on their private journey of love and loss, to help end youth suicide.
recently, she produced Youth v Gov, which premiered at DOC NYC in 2020 and will have global
distribution in 2022. Previously she produced The Human Element featuring James Balog, which premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2018; Under the Gun with director Stephanie Soechtig, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and was distributed by EPIX/Lionsgate; and Racing Extinction with director Louie Psihoyos, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and was distributed by Discovery. In 2016, Olivia was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking. Olivia was co-producer of The Cove, which has garnered over 70 awards globally, including the 2009 Academy Award for best documentary and the Producers Guild of America documentary award.
FINCH, an Independent Australian production company.
Beginning her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and RadicalMedia, Camilla has produced a
prolific number of award-winning commercial campaigns, music videos, and shorts such as
HOMEBODIES (Official selection SXSW 2016). With producing credits on feature
documentaries A Fire Inside (Official selection Sydney Film Festival 2021), Girls Can’t Surf
(Official selection TriBeca Film Festival 2021), MACHINE (Official selection MIFF 2019), and
NETFLIX Original Chef’s Table, as well as an Executive Producer on The Meddler - El Metido
(Official selection MIFF 2020), she had guided numerous and highly varied documentary
projects to financial and commercial viability.
Throughout his career Rob has created work that is internationally renowned and critically acclaimed having won D&AD pencils, Gold at Cannes Lions, One Show, London Internationals, New York Festival and Award awards. His entertainment work has also been recognised at the International Digital Emmys and the AFIs. Rob’s experience and ever evolving passion for innovation has now seen him launch multiple award winning and globally patented technology creations including the Most Powerful Arm; a Black Pencil winner, 37 Degrees; a Gold Cannes Lions winner.
Rob has successfully forged a destiny for FINCH outside the remit of film adn advertising. In addition to entertainment, he is the backbone of FINCH’s social impact and technological initiatives including Creatable; a STEM education curriculum, Nakatomi; a technology company, and The Lion’s Share Fund -- an initiative where brands are able to contribute to the protection of our natural world each time an animal image is featured in their advertisements.
The Lion's Share was awarded the 2019 Cannes Lions Grand Prix for Good and also received a D&AD Impact White Pencil in the same year.
Rob’s investment in the future and innate ability to stay relevant is what sets himself apart as a pioneer industry leader. FINCH delivers prestigious content time and time again led by Rob’s ambitious vision that rewards risk, impacts culture and pushes boundaries.
blogging in 2004 before VC Twitter existed. Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an art collector and long-distance runner who enjoys wandering around alone in the mountains for hours at a time.
Africa Affinity Group for Women and Girls. Amy is the co-author of Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur (2013) with Brad. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1988 with a B.A. in Political Philosophy. Brad and Amy live in Boulder, Colorado.
In the Media
“My Sister Liv is a powerful documentary that opens with a simple, yet heartbreaking statement. The film takes an unflinching look at the current teen mental health crisis. Tess and her sister Liv had an unbreakable bond until Liv, who had been battling with depression, body dysmorphia, and suicidal thoughts is unable to take it anymore.”‘My Sister Liv’ review: An emotional film with an important messageAIPT Comics
“Pressure for a young person in society is intense. With bombardments from social media, television, and peers, young people must carefully navigate their lives and emotions to balance their mental health. With director Alan Hicks, he captures emotional and intimate moments in the documentary My Sister Liv as a family battling after a young person’s suicide.”My Sister Liv | Alan Hicks Interview – Doc NYCGig Patta
“Films about suicide or suicide attempts have become much more commonplace since Billy Wilder’s Oscar-winning Best Picture, The Apartment, featured a suicide attempt by a character played by Shirley MacLaine and Robert Redford’s similarly Oscar bestowed Ordinary People depicted the after effects of a teenage character played by Timothy Hutton who attempted to end his own life following the accidental drowning death of his brother. In the last two decades, we’ve seen documentaries which cover mental illness leading to suicidal thoughts (Jonathan Caouette’s excellent Tarnation) and accidental overdoses (Asif Kapadia’s Oscar-winning portrait of Amy Winehouse, Amy) – and these are just some of the best-known titles. Now comes the truly poignant documentary My Sister Liv, directed by Alan Hicks…”My Sister Liv- DOC NYC Film Festival - A Movie GuyDan Pal
““Dear Liv, it’s your big sister Tess” the opening words to a documentary that left me filled with so much pain, heartache, and yet at the same time, all of the hope and more for tomorrow. With the tone set in the first few moments, there was little question of what this film would be about.
This film and the story, without question, touched me. The rawness, the personal stories, and the struggles that this family had to cope with are all on display here. Liv’s sister Tess, and mother both were the voice of this story, though it was her sister that lent her narration to most of the film. In the form of an open letter to Liv, Tess told us the story from the day Liv was born, and you could feel the love and emotion in her voice.”Without Question, One of My Favorite Films of the YearOverly Honest Movie Reviews
What We’re Hearing
“I was deeply moved by the story of Liv and the vulnerability of her family to be so transparent about her life and her struggles. I was also grateful to hear from others who spoke in the film about their own mental health struggles. We need more transparency and vulnerability in our world to counteract the stigmas associated with mental health. Thank you so much. It stirred up so many parts of my own story and the stories of those I sit with, and while I'm deeply saddened by Liv's death, I'm grateful for the work that is being done to help others who are struggling and suffering.”Jacquelyn B Baker, LMHC
“Thank you! We had a small group of high school students view the film with parent permission. When asked "Who would be an audience that would benefit from viewing the film?" They immediately replied my friends and my parents. As an educational leader I would also like to make this film a required professional development for teachers and staff. Thank you!”Anonymous, High School Teacher
“Liv is the best documentary on suicide prevention that I have ever seen. It is honest, without glorifying suicide, AND the conversations with teens, parents, and mental health professionals is extremely impactful. This film at first left me speechless in immense gratitude and then enlivens me to speak more openly about my own struggles with suicidal thoughts, as well as how to support others in my life who live with suicidal thoughts. It's extremely inspiring.”Heidi Lindeman M.Div, M.A. LPCC, IFS Therapist
“'My Sister Liv' so beautifully captures the heartbreaking loss of a sister whose life ended too soon. As someone who has spent the last five years trying to tell stories about mental health issues, depression and suicide, there’s no question this movie will prompt conversations that need to take place. I was so moved hearing Liv’s story, and Tess and Honey’s love for their sister and daughter comes through, but nothing shines brighter than the spirit of this incredible young woman. I only wish I could have met her. But seeing the movie, I feel like I know her.”DJ Nash, Creator & Executive Producer of 'A Million Little Things
“MY SISTER LIV is a film that speaks up on topics that too often are not spoken about. Authentically told from the perspective of a sister and mother, MY SISTER LIV gives us insight into the lived experience behind the statistics most often used to tell the story of mental illness and suicide. Watching this film awakens a sense of activism to not be afraid to keep the conversation going and reduce the stigma surrounding suicide.”Jenna Glover, PhD Children’s Hospital Colorado Pediatric Mental Health Institute
Screening Dates, Times & Locations
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC)
Presented by Burlington County CIACC
Votta Hall – Auditorium
900 College Circle
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
To register: Email Rachel Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, September 27, 2023
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM CT
Glendale Heights Police Department
In-person at The Glendale Heights Police Department EOC/Training Room
Friday, September 29, 2023
1:00 – 2:11 PM MDT
Crested Butte Film Festival
The Center For the Arts
606 6th St, Crested Butte, CO 81224
Host a private
MY SISTER LIV
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You can host a private screening of MY SISTER LIV followed by a Zoom discussion with Tess Kunik, and/or a member of the filmmaking team or one of our team therapists. Told through young voices and professionals, the film sparks the need for fearless conversations and gives audiences the words to start talking and to help turn the tide of youth suicide.
*IF YOU ARE IN A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS AND NEED HELP PLEASE REACH OUT TO A PROFESSIONAL IMMEDIATELY. The Liv Project is NOT a professional organization in the mental health field. The Liv Project does NOT offer psychiatric, medical or any other professional advice. We are NOT a crisis center. Our organization was founded by individuals who have lost friends and family members to suicide. Our goal is to build a community where we share information with each other that we have gathered about mental health resources and facilities and NOT to serve as a substitute for sound, professional, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you or a friend is in need of help, you should immediately seek that help and advice from qualified mental health professionals. This website is for informational purposes only. Please note that The Liv Project shall NOT be responsible for the content or services provided by any organizations, individuals or other resources referenced on our website or which you become aware of through this website, publications or other materials and information provided to you by or which you have become aware of through The Liv Project. The main goal of The Liv Project is to help people in distress get information about the professional resources that are out there so that we can together help prevent mental health crises from ending in suicide.