UAB presents movie “Changeover” with group discussion on overcoming tragedy Dec. 12

The film was produced by Assistant Professor of Music Technology Craig Brandwein. Psychology faculty will be on hand to discuss how to cope with adverse circumstances after the film.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will present the film “Changeover” on Monday, Dec. 12, as part of a university screening and discussion.

Produced by UAB Assistant Professor of Music Technology Craig Brandwein, M.A., a noted filmmaker, music supervisor and producer, the film is directed and co-produced by Estes Tarver. Brandwein teaches in the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Music.

“It is a film that has an encouraging message about how to cope with anxiety, stress, mental illness and overcoming tragedy,” Brandwein said.

Edwin Cook III, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychology and director of the Medical/Clinical Psychology Graduate Program, will attend the screening and participate in a group discussion, along with the filmmakers, other clinical psychologists and students.

“Changeover” follows the life of Haley Thompson as she suffers the loss of her parents in a car accident and is forced to move in with her uncle and his 8-year-old son. Throughout her journey, she must overcome the trauma of the accident, the death of her parents and changing homes. She must rebuild her life from scratch with a single dad and his son.

The screening is set for 7 p.m. in the Hill Student Center’s Alumni Theater. The screening is free and open to the public.

Brandwein has worked in the music business for more than 40 years as a musician, composer, writer, producer and engineer. He has written and produced music for artists, composed music for network television, corporate clients and musical theater, and scored music for film and television.

In 2010, he received an Emmy nomination for music composition and arranging, and in 2011 won a Telly Award and a 2012 “People’s Choice” Telly Award for a promotional video. In 2013, a few of his projects were selected for the 56th and 57th Grammy Awards nomination ballot. He co-produced the “Sing with Max” album, which has earned a Mom’s Choice Award and Dove Foundation Seal of Approval. As a film producer, Brandwein has been a key element on “We Remember,” a Holocaust survivor DVD; “Youngsville,” a horror film; “Changeover,” a feature drama; and “Max & Wrigley,” a 3-D animation show in development. He is also a staff producer, songwriter and VP for Center Sound Records. 

  • December 12