Virtual Screening of Cracked Up for ACEs Connection Members: June 9-10 - Register Now!


We are excited to offer an exclusive virtual screening to all ACEs Connection members of the new, acclaimed film, CRACKED UP. This documentary film is about the long term effects of childhood trauma, told through Saturday Night Live veteran Darrell Hammond’s journey in discovering adverse childhood experiences at the root of his lifelong battle with self-harm, addiction, and misdiagnosis. The film’s director, Michelle Esrick, and other special guests will join us after the screening window for a virtual Q&A!

  • To register, please complete this form.
    • Registration deadline is Friday, June 7th at 5pm PST / 8pm EST


  • Registration Deadline
    • Friday, June 7th at 5pm PST / 8pm EST

  • Virtual Screening
    • The viewing portal for the film will be open for 24 hours from June 9th at 4pm PST / 7 pm EST until June 10th 4pm PST / 7pm EST  

  • Twitter Town Hall
    • Following the screening window, we’ll be hosting a Twitter Town Hall with Director Michelle Esrick, and other special guests which will be held on June 10th from 4pm - 5pm PST / 7pm - 8pm EST. 
      • Twitter Handle: @CrackedUpMovie
      • Twitter Hashtag: #CrackedUpMovie
        • More details to follow about the Twitter Town Hall event.  


Jane Stevens - Founder, Publisher, ACEs Connection, ACEs Too High: “Darrell Hammond had the guts to tell his story and expose his searing childhood trauma to the world. Director, Michelle Esrick had the talents and fortitude to craft that story into a stunning documentary. It’s one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen, and the best documentary that clearly shows the link between childhood trauma and addiction. Cracked Up should be seen by anyone who’s been touched by adverse childhood experiences. That’s all of us.”

Bessel van der Kolk, MD, World-Renowned Trauma Expert, Best Selling Author of "The Body Keeps The Score": "It’s a superb movie that tells it as is, unflagging. The world desperately needs to see this movie. Almost every day I see more reports of misdiagnoses & psychiatric mismanagement that make me wonder if psychiatry, overall, may be doing more harm than good. Director Michelle Esrick and Darrell Hammond have given us hope out of the darkness. Darrell is amazing - like so many survivors, he has gone to hell and back many times, and in the process has developed astounding survival strategies."

Jamie Redford, filmmaker, "Resilience" and "Paper Tigers": “Michelle Esrick’s CRACKED UP is a profound and unflinching look at the extraordinary life of Darrell Hammond and the dark legacy of abuse he suffered as a child. It is also excellent filmmaking, delivering a highly emotional story with elegance, care and humor, thus keeping our hearts and minds open to the beauty of human resilience."

Jacob Ham, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Center for Child Trauma and Resilience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: "On the surface, this movie is about Darrell Hammond's incredible courage in facing unspeakable childhood trauma and using the act of speaking the truth as an antidote to the silencing prison of trauma. Michelle's camera acts as a loving, healing gaze, unflinching but with the greatest humanity and tenderness, holding Darrell with love and bearing witness to his truth. Mental health professionals can learn a lot through the way this story is told."



  • To learn more about this documentary, please see the "Cracked Up" website.
  • For information about hosting a film screening to start or grow an ACEs initiative, please refer to this guide. It will also guide you to where and how to access the film.
    • If you have any questions about purchasing a license, please contact the distributor at

For general information about starting or growing an initiative in your area, please contact one of our Community Facilitators, as follows:

Once again, here is the link to register for this virtual screening and
stay tuned for details about the Twitter event after the screening period closes.


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