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Tri-Valley filmmaker's 'Trichster' set for local screening

Documentary by Pleasanton's Jillian Corsie tackles little-known crisis

"Trichster," the debut feature film of Pleasanton native Jillian Corsie, a 2005 Amador Valley High grad, is playing at the Vine Theater in Livermore at 7 p.m. Thursday (March 17), with tickets available at the door.

The film follows seven people as they navigate the complicated emotions surrounding their hair-pulling disorder, clinically known as trichotillomania, and the effect it has on their daily lives. Corsie directed the film, and last year she appeared on ABC's 20/20 with one of the film's subjects to help bring awareness to this issue, which she noted is often hidden, misunderstood and misdiagnosed.

"I grew up in Pleasanton so I'm thrilled to screen 'Trichster' at the Vine," Corsie said. "The goal of this documentary was always to raise awareness about trichotillomania, and screening at the Vine is helping us to do that."

The film was made possible through three crowdfunding campaigns and the dedication of five female, first-time filmmakers. Though it focuses on the human experience with trichotillomania, facts provided throughout the film frame the disorder as much more common than most people realize. Trichotillomania affects 2-5% of the population -- which is three times more common than anorexia -- and up to 15 million Americans.

"Trichster" premiered at the Soho International Film Festival in New York City where tickets sold out within a week of releasing to the public. It won best documentary from the Voiceless Film Festival, and Corsie was awarded "Best Young Filmmaker 2015" from the Los Angeles Center Studios.

Corsie will attend the screening and hold a question-and-answer session afterward.

For more information about "Trichster," go to www.trichster.com. "Trichster" also will be available on iTunes starting April 18.

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