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“Transforming Loss: A Documentary” to screen at the Uptown Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4:00 p.m.

| November 8, 2013 | Reply
“Transforming Loss: A Documentary” to screen at the Uptown Film Festival on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4:00 p.m. at the Birmingham 8 Theatre, located at 211 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham, MI
Acclaimed film profiles six Michigan families and their remarkable stories of profound loss, recovery and renewal of purpose.
Bingham Farms, MI, November 5, 2013 — The powerful documentary “Transforming Loss,” produced by Judith Burdick has been nominated and accepted into the documentary category of the Uptown Film Festival to take place in Birmingham, MI this weekend.
Friedman, Burdick, Kain, Green, Kain, Guz, Weinstein, Beckley“I’m thrilled to have been nominated,“ said Judith Burdick, the film’s writer and director. “It’s been extremely gratifying to see the response. ‘Transforming Loss’ is truly helping others heal and transform from grief, depression and loss. I’m humbled to see the trickle down effect my film has had and I’m motivated to make a difference not only in Michigan but nationally in the near future.”
This acclaimed film shares the stories of seven survivors of profound loss. Viewers will meet Molly Green of South Lyon, a 41 year-old mother of four who lost her husband, Michael in August 2010, to suicide. Ricki, Friedman, of Birmingham will tell the wrenching tale of losing her mother at 13 years old. Gary Weinstein, of Farmington Hills, who lost his wife and two sons in 2005 when a drunk driver struck them, will share his story. As well, viewers will meet Virginia Beckley of Bloomfield, who lost her five-year-old son Myles in a horseback riding accident. Elizabeth Guz of Franklin, whose 17 year-old son, Michael struggled with bipolar disorder and died in 2009, will be featured. Rachel and Michael Kain, of Livonia will inspire with their story of losing their four month-old baby boy Collin to multiple heart defects.
uptown-film-festivalGeneral admission tickets ($10) include a brief post-film Q&A session. Tickets can be ordered at Tickets also will be available at the door. Tickets to the Award Ceremony, starting at 9:30 p.m. at the Palladium 12 Theatre can also be purchases for $10 each as well in advance or at the door.
The Uptown Film Festival (UFF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching local culture and raising consciousness of film as an art form and film production as an economic engine.  It presents quality Independent feature films, shorts, and documentary cinema within the beautiful setting of Birmingham, Michigan. The Festival will screen more than 50 films over a three-day period. UFF attracts an affluent, local, national and international consumer base, while maintaining strong ties with the entertainment industry in Michigan.
Here is the link for the festival schedule,
Editor’s Note: Interviews with Judith and those featured in the documentary are available upon request. Media: request screening tickets by calling or emailing Peggy Burkhard at (248) 770-5172.

Transforming Loss accepted in BolderLife Film Festival

| November 4, 2013 | Reply

bolderlife-festivalJust in- so excited to be accepted into the 2013 BolderLife Film Festival, taking place in Denver, CO Dec 6-8. BolderLife seeks to educate and inspire, promoting a more conscious approach to life, whether on a personal, community, or global level. Stay tuned for more details in the near future.

See “Transforming Loss: A Documentary” at the Uptown Film Festival in Birmingham, MI

| October 28, 2013 | Reply

uptown-film-festivalTickets to see “Transforming Loss: A Documentary” at the Uptown Film Festival in Birmingham, MI are on sale now:  Click Here

Tickets can also be purchased at the door of the Birmingham 8 – Directions

Date and time– Saturday, Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. at the Birmingham 8 Theatre (211 S. Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham.)

I will briefly introduce the film at 4 p.m. and then there will be a 10-15 minute Q & A session immediately following the screening. Hope to see you there

FYI: The Uptown Film Festival (UFF) is a highly-anticipated three-day celebration of cinema taking place in Birmingham, Michigan. UFF will present a diverse slate of more than 100 films to over 5000 film enthusiasts – an audience that includes industry professionals from the Detroit area, Los Angeles, around the world, local and regional film fans, and a large student population.


“Transforming Loss” has been selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Moondance International Film Festival

| August 30, 2013 | Reply

2013semifinalistlaurel“Transforming Loss” has been selected as a Semi-Finalist in the prestigious Moondance International Film Festival in the Feature Documentary Films Category. This film festival will take place in Mystic, CT Sept. 26-29, 2013. It is an honor and we are simply thrilled to be selected!

Moondance International Film Festival’s primary goal is to present films and scripts which have the power to raise awareness about vital social issues, educating writers and filmmakers, as well as film festival audiences, and inspiring them to take positive action. Through meaningful films, Moondance began to realize that routine perspectives can give way to new ways of seeing the world, ourselves and others. Moondance believes in the unique power of the world entertainment media to create great social and environmental change. Their goal is to deliver compelling entertainment that will inspire and encourage people to actively get involved in the issues that affect all of us.

REEL Michigan Film Festival – June 29th

| June 27, 2013 | Reply


Reel Michigan FILM Schedule  << Details

Saturday, June 29, 5pm
Transforming Loss starts at 8:30pm

Marquis Theatre
145 E. Main Street
Northville, MI 48167   map

Tickets: $10,

Pre-sale starts June 19, 2013 at the following locations:

Online:  (until 9pm Friday June 28th)

Tickets can also be purchased until 8:30pm on June 29th at:

Northville Art House
215 West Cady Street
Northville, Mi 48167
248.344.0497 hours: Wednesday-Saturday 1-5pm

Marquis Theatre Box Office
135 East Main Street
Northville, Mi 48167

For recent press release of this event – click here

New documentary shows how Michigan families cope with loss

| June 4, 2013 | Reply


An interview with Judith Burdick and Elizabeth Guz by Michigan Radio.


Suffering loss and going through grief is a part of the human experience. There’s not one of us who will skate through life without having to cope with losing someone close to us.

But sometimes that loss is sudden and horrifying. How can someone possibly climb back out of that pit of grief?

That’s the question addressed in a new documentary called “Transforming Loss.” In it, we meet six Michigan families who have managed to triumph, transform, and grow, despite indescribable heartbreak. And they have lessons for each of us.

The filmmaker and licensed psychotherapist Judith Burdick joined us in the studio.

Also in the studio was Elizabeth Guz, one of the people who shared her story of loss and transformation, a story that began when her teenage son committed suicide. Today she volunteers for the Heinz Prechter Bipolar Research Project at the University of Michigan Depression Center.


Host a Community Screening

Host a Community Screening

| May 16, 2013 | Reply

Why should I screen “Transforming Loss – A Documentary” in my community?

“Transforming Loss – A Documentary” will educate on many ways to heal through the grief process, though none as profoundly effective as helping others. Through the six stories featured in the film, my goal as a documentary filmmaker is to provide an intimate window into the grief journey in a real and heartfelt way.

Just imagine how you and your organization can use a high-profile, high-impact screening of the film to (1) reach out to your community, constituents or customers; (2) show your appreciation to volunteers, employees, or donors; (3) engage conference and convention attendees; (4) educate patients and families; or (5) fundraise!

Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Credit – Transforming Loss: A Documentary

| April 19, 2013 | Reply

Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Credit – Transforming Loss: A Documentary

The University of Michigan Depression Center is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Approved Provider Number: MICEC-0063. This program is approved for 1.5 Clock Hours.

The University of Michigan Depression Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University of Michigan Depression Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This event is designated for 1.5 continuing education credits.

To purchase tickets for this May 30th event – click here

Michigan Depression Center

Screening News

Screening News

| April 18, 2013 | Reply

The documentary can be seen at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30th at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor Michigan.

Panel Discussion supported by members of the kite network & The University of Michigan Depression Center.

CE Credit (1.5 hours) are available for social workers and psychologists. – Details: click here

Save the date. To view our event flyer – click here

To purchase tickets for the event – click here

To read reviews from viewers of past documentaries – click here

Transforming Loss – Kudos from Eleanor Clift

Transforming Loss – Kudos from Eleanor Clift

| April 10, 2013 | Reply

Kudos from Eleanor Clift, a contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group and author of Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics which tells the parallel stories of her husband’s death at home with hospice alongside the national debate over the Terri Schiavo case.

“Loss comes to us all, and through the trained eye of grief counselor Judith Burdick, we learn up close in “Transforming Loss” how several very courageous yet ordinary people found their way back to meaningful life when death intruded and changed life in an instant.”