When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into her childhood home after her mother's suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. Sixteen years passed before she had the courage to delve into this trove, unearthing details that her mother had recorded about every aspect of her life from the challenges of her marriage to a State Senator, to her son’s estrangement, to her struggles with bi-polar disorder. HERE ONE DAY is a visually arresting, emotionally candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved.
Here One Day is reducing stigma and isolation, raising awareness, linking individuals and families to support, and helping to change mental health and suicide prevention and postvention policy across the country.
Kathy Leichter is an award-winning documentary film producer and director and the founder of Two Suns Media and Mint Leaf Productions, both based in New York City. Her passion and purpose is to use story to move audiences emotionally and inspire change. Leichter is the director and producer of Here One Day, a film about mental illness, suicide, and family which traveled to film festivals across the globe and is now being used in a nationwide screening initiative to reduce stigma, provide support, and teach about how mental illness and suicide impact families. Leichter recently produced Hidden Battles, a documentary about the psychological impact of killing on soldiers from across the globe. Leichter also produced and directed Passing On, about her ninety-one year old, tell-it-like-it-is grandmother, Elsa, an Austrian Jewish immigrant and family therapist and the award-winning PBS documentary, A Day's Work, A Day's Play about three welfare recipients who become leaders in the fight against workfare in New York City. Leichter was the Project Director of The Workfare Media Initiative , a media activism project which trained current and former welfare recipients to show the film A Day's Work, A Day's Play and lead facilitated discussions educating audiences about economic justice and community organizing. Other credits include co-producer of the award-winning films, Spit It Out, about a man who stutters and his journey towards self-acceptance and producer of Mothers and Daughters: Mirrors That Bind, about the impact of the mother/daughter relationship on a woman’s body, sexuality, and self-esteem. Formerly Leichter worked at WQED-PBS, where she associate produced a national series on health care reform and worked for Mister Rogers Neighborhood.