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The idea is simple. Let’s teach each other about each other. About our health and wellbeing. And about our illnesses. Furthermore, let's dispense this knowledge to our surroundings. Because an illness changes with perception, and this perception can make all the difference in the way we live.

Student run. For the student in each of us.


Pathos Short Films

In A Day in Your Shoes, THP is working to highlight people living with various mental and neurological illnesses. Each film paints a narrative around a patient, creating relatable content that appeals to a wide audience across cultures. 



Meet Subrina. Subrina lives with bipolar disorder. In this short video, see what she experiences daily, and how she copes with this neurological illness. 


Meet Hayley. Hayley lives with chronic illness, depression, and anxiety. Take a step into her life with this short video. 


Meet Anastassia. Stassy lives with epilepsy. In this short video, see what she experiences daily, and how she copes with this neurological illness. 

Meet the Filmmakers


Melanie Rieders is an award-winning visual journalist based in NYC. She is developing the Pathos short films series with Julie and assists with the visual aesthetics of THP. She studied photojournalism at Boston University, where her love for storytelling grew. While living in Boston, she interned at Harvard University, for the Governor of Massachusetts, and was the photo editor of the BU News Service. Her interests lie in health+wellness, feminism, food justice, and race. 



Julie Florio is a filmmaker, photographer, and explorer. She is developing the Pathos short films series. Julie graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a degree in Media Production and Photography. Notably, she created an award winning documentary titled Patchwork, which is in distribution with IndiPix Films. Julie is passionate about storytelling, documentaries, and working in the nonprofit sector.