Susan Smiley, Producer
Making Out of the Shadow was a labor of love for Susan Smiley. It was born from a deep sense of the injustices her mother Millie experienced. Realizing her mother’s story was emblematic of those of millions of other people, she felt it would resonate. So she filmed Millie over the course of four years.
Susan makes presentations bridging the fields of mental health, neuroscience and human development. A Harvard-trained educator and a compelling storyteller, she is not only a public speaker, but an experienced workshop presenter and a neurofeedback specialist. Formerly, she was an award-winning documentarian with 15 years of non-fiction television and educational film credits. Susan has given presentations at corporations including behavioral healthcare and pharmaceutical companies, keynoted and presented at state and national conferences (NAMI, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, Women’s Mental Health Symposium), and spoken at professional organizations (American Psychiatric Association, Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia Research in Davos), advocacy groups, universities (Boston University School of Public Health, UT Southwestern, Tulane), and government agencies (Departments of Health and Human Services and Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services). Susan is available for presentations along with screenings of the film. Discover more about her keynotes, workshops and talks.