Living with mental illness is more common than you think. In America, one in five adults experience mental illness in a given year. Keeping The Chaos Together is a documentary that takes an intimate look into the lives of those who live with a mental health struggle, such as anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder. These inspirational and emotional stories as well as interviews with psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals provide a deeper understanding about mental illness and show that with the proper care, treatment and resources, one can live a happy and successful life. The more mental health is talked about in an open and honest way, the closer we will become to putting an end to the stigma.
Where there is hope, there is recovery.
Stacey Summers, founder of Poppy Pro Productions, recently produced and directed the documentary, Keeping The Chaos Together. She previously produced and directed the award-winning documentary short, Dear Cancer, Love Stacy, and co-wrote, produced and directed the off-beat comedy, Krazy Meets Karma, which had its world premiere screening at the 2019 NYC Chelsea Film Festival. In 2013, she also wrote, produced and directed her first film, Unbreakable Threads, an inspiring documentary about today’s ever-changing families. She was awarded a Houston Arts Alliance Grant for all of her documentaries.
Prior to expanding her passion into film, Stacey worked in education for many years and wrote two books, H is for Houston, A Photo Tour from A to Z and Lila’s First Tea Party, A Lovely Garden Affair from A to Z. She was a selected author at Houston’s Local Literati in 2013. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing yoga, Chinese brush painting and watercolor, and has exhibited works at Houston’s Annual Chelsea Brush Painting Show.
Stacey was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has lived in both San Francisco and England for many years. She is married with three daughters and resides in Houston, Texas.
Vincent Drabik, originally from Detroit, Michigan, is currently a Directors Guild of America director at KCBS 2 and KCAL 9, Los Angeles, California. He has worked as a broadcast director since 2008 at FOX, NBC, CBS and CW affiliates across the U.S.
Previously, Vincent was a film professor and in 2017 collaborated with Stacey Summers as producer and editor of the award-winning documentary short, Dear Cancer, Love Stacy. He has also written, produced and directed the short film, Three Little Pucks, which was an official selection at WorldFest-Houston and The All Sports Los Angeles Film Festival.
Vincent studied broadcast production at Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts and has worked in video production since 2004, in various capacities, including as a technical director, camera operator and editor.
Outside of work, Vincent performs stand-up comedy and enjoys living in Burbank, California with his dog, Lily.
Local publication features filmmaker, Stacey Summers, in an interview revealing her passion and purpose behind the films she produces.
ReelFilms Opening Night
Screening and Panel Discussion
On June 27-28, 2021, 20% of purchases on kendrascott.com will benefit Active Minds and receive a link to view the documentary.
POPPY PRO PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS “KEEPING THE CHAOS TOGETHER”
A FILM BY STACEY SUMMERS EDITED BY VINCENT DRABIK
PHOTOGRAPHY BY VINCENT BRISENO SOUND MIXER DRAKE SMITH
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY DAVID E. MITCHELL
STACEY SUMMERS & VINCENT DRABIK
DIRECTED BY STACEY SUMMERS
This project is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance