Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Free Download Of Trailer From New Short Film, 'The Truth', By Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein Now Available

Dr. Holstein's award-winning books, plays and short films focus on issues that impact teens and tweens and help them develop positive self esteem. Her new short film was chosen to be screened at the Garden State Film Festival

Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein has announced a free download of the trailer for her new short film, 'The Truth'. 'The Truth' was accepted into the Garden State Film Festival. The new short film addresses issues that affect teens and tweens. While many young people struggle with these kinds of issues every day, parents, grandparents and educators may struggle just to even understand the issues involved. Many of the issues young people must face today, such as cyberbullying, did not even exist just a few year ago.

The film is based on her book, 'Secrets: Diary Of A Gutsy Tween', which was recently awarded a Silver Medal in the 2015 Moonbeam Book Awards in the Pre-Teen Fiction category.

As a Positive Psychologist, Dr. Holstein is dedicated to helping teens and tweens build self esteem. Much of her focus is on social media and how it affects young people.

In the storyline, a young girl shares her experiences, feelings and perceptions about important issues - falling in love, hating her mother, hating her parents fighting, being afraid to grow up, being upset that they may move, loving the locket her aunt gives her and feeling loved in ways by her aunt that her parents can't seem to muster, wishing the boy she is in love with would grow taller, confronting her disappointment that she has no relationship with him, sharing her glee at having a best friend and confiding in each other, coming to terms with growing up, letting go of the her first love, getting ready to move and more.

"A friend asked me, 'How does it feel as a psychologist, to now have the opportunity to see my film 'The Truth, a Short Film' accepted at the Garden State Film Festival and have your play version, 'The Locket' go into rehearsal?'

"I told her that as a psychologist it is thrilling as a lot of my life work is embedded in my two books, 'The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween' and 'Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen', upon which 'The Truth, A Short Film' and 'The Locket' are based.  Finally I can begin to see critical issues in growing up brought to life in film and drama.  I am particularly smitten with the notion of 'Self'.  It is critical in growing up to hold on to the best parts of ourselves and be able to access them.  It is also critical to be able to get in touch with the early wisdom  and playfulness that all of us once had. In the film version, the girl is able to find a secret way to hold on to the best of herself.  And in the play version, 'The Locket', Self actually comes alive as an imaginary but very real character, to help all of us remember our essential being.

"As a woman, seeing my work merge from the treatment room, to books, to a film and a play, all I can say is I am elated.  I hope I serve as a role model for many, many women and girls.  If I can be true to my 'Self', you can be true to your Self.  I am no different from you. There is a kid inside of you with brilliance, energy and courage.  She has stamina and determination and a sense of humor.  You just have to find her again or if you already have found her, start running and funning. The world will be better off for you sharing your talents."

"My friend laughed and said, 'You just made up a new word, 'Funning'.  I love it. I see what you mean.  No adult psychologist would think of that word. I bet the kid inside of you came up with it.'"

To celebrate inclusion in the Garden State Film Festival, Dr. Holstein has made a no charge download of the trailer of the film available at The Truth For Girls website at http://www.TheTruthForGirls.com.

Dr. Holstein's entire body of work is great for parents, grandparents, older siblings and teachers to establish lines of communication with the tweens and teens in their lives.

'The Locket' will be played at The Grange Playhouse at 4860 Rt. 9, South Howell, NJ on March 11, 12, 13, 18, 19 and 20. Tickets are $18 regular admission, $15 for seniors and students and are available by phone at 732-768-2709. Showtimes are 8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 3pm on Sundays.

'The Truth' will be shown at the Garden State Film Festival on April 1 between 3 and 5. 

Dr. Holstein is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at drbarbara@enchantedself.com. All of her works are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all other online retailers. More information is available at her website at http://www.TheTruthForGirls.com. Information on the film can be found at the film's website at http://www.newshortfilmthetruth.com.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, internationally known Positive Psychologist is the creator of The Enchanted Self ®, a positive psychology method for happiness.  She is in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with her husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

Dr. Barbara can be found on the web, interviewed, writing articles and posting video 'TED' style talks on Happiness,  Positive Psychology, Relationships and Parenting.

She has been a contributor to Heart and Soul, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Redbook, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, Time on line, the Today Show and Family Circle Magazine.


Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
170 Morris Ave.,
Long Branch, New Jersey 07740