Tolstoy. Van Gogh. Byron. Michelangelo. Virginia Woolf.

History is full of artists whose genius came saddled with feelings of depression, fear, inadequacy, or mental illness.

But do creativity and emotional instability have to go hand and hand? In a haunting and irresistible film produced by LA Member Annette Villarreal, a lone artist explores the delicate balance between art and struggle, and the strange marriage between our strongest desires and our strongest fears.

Watch the film and share your thoughts and ideas below!


Annette Villarreal is an independent film producer and an IVY Member (LA). Connect and collaborate with Annette here! To learn more about IVY, please visit