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Episode 3 – An Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Glenn Holsten


In episode three of OC87 Recovery Diaries on the Radio, Bud and Laura interview documentary filmmaker Glenn Holsten about the making of his film, Hollywood Beauty Salon. Much of the film takes place inside a tiny beauty parlor, also known as The Germantown Recovery Community, located in Northwest Philadelphia. The beauty parlor doubles as both a place where people can get their hair done and where they can come for support if they are suffering from a mental illness. The film has garnered rave reviews and Holsten and members of the community have appeared on numerous radio and television programs promoting the project.


Glenn Holsten with Rachel “Hollywood” Carr


EPISODE 3 – Challenging Mental Health Stigma Within the African-American Community: An Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Glenn Holsten on the Making of “Hollywood Beauty Salon.”

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Laura and Bud were equally honored to have Holsten on their show. In this thirty –six-minute interview, they found him to be friendly, informative, and extremely passionate about his work.  For him, making Hollywood Beauty Salon was clearly a labor of love.  He says, “We all want to be part of something that has a positive loving vibe. It’s something that I want in this life. I want to be part of this energy.”

Holsten’s passion for cinema was no surprise to Bud, who was the principle subject of the director’s previous film, OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie. Holsten cites that film as pivotal in transforming his career into making films about those with mental health challenges.

Hollywood Beauty Salon is perhaps Glenn Holsten’s most complex film to date. And in this podcast interview, you’ll hear a director who is connected to his work and to people in a way that we can all emulate.

Read Glenn’s essay, A Director’s Journey.

Glenn Holsten with cast members of the documentary Hollywood Beauty Salon



The Barefoot Artist (2014)

OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie (2010)

Saint of 911 (2006)

Excerpts from Hollywood Beauty Salon:

– Rachel “Hollywood” Carr

– Rachel’s Recovery on Film

– A Hero’s Journey

– Darlene’s Recovery Story

– The Metamorphosis of Sanetta Watkins



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Rachel’s Recovery On Film

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HOLLYWOOD BEAUTY SALON is a new documentary film about an intimate beauty parlor inside of the Germantown Recovery Community, a non-profit mental health facility in Northwest Philadelphia run by NHS Human Services.

The Hollywood Beauty Salon is run by Rachel “Hollywood” Carr Timms. Staff and clients alike are in the process of recovery — openly discussing their mental health issues but also refusing to be defined by their diagnoses. By gathering together to get their hair done, share stories, and support one another, they find a way to rebuild their lives.

Rachel is truly the soul of the salon. She is a Recovery Guide and a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner who uses her own journey with mental health challenges to connect with — and advocate for — her clients.

Rachel has been on her own since high school. She has fought to overcome depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety. Her commitment to recovery began when her daughter, Cadence (now 15 years old), was born. Her story anchors the film, just as she anchors the Hollywood Beauty Salon.


A Hero’s Life

Director of Photography Daniel Traub films Ed Kozempel and Philadelphia Orchestra associate principal flute player David Cramer

Director of Photography Daniel Traub films Ed Kozempel and Philadelphia Orchestra associate principal flute player David Cramer

When talking about his recovery journey, Ed Kozempel references Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), a tone poem by classical music composer Richard Strauss. It’s an apt reference. And while Ed wrestles with daily battles in his mind, music has always been a constant source of hope and happiness.

Ed was born and raised in North Philadelphia. With two bachelor degrees from University of the Arts (one in trombone performance and another in music education), young Ed Kozempel was well on his way to a career in music. But at age 26, mental illness interrupted his dreams.

He was lost to paranoid schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. At one time he was hospitalized with catatonic seizures. For thirty years he was in and out of hospitals, boarding homes and the street – “limbo” as he says — searching for the right path, the right medication to give him stability and a place to make music.

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Darlene’s Recovery Story

Inner Child Dee (Tamika Tukes) and Darlene

Inner Child Dee (Tamika Tukes) and Darlene

“Stigma is an ugly word. It makes me very angry inside. Because people don’t understand. When you say ‘depression,’ they look at you — they try to see it on your face. ‘I don’t see it,’ they say. Well you can’t. So, I want to put a face to it, and it’s not the face that you think it is.” —Darlene Holmes Malone

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