Live Panel: Creatives and Mental Health


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The importance of mental health can not be understated, yet too often the topic is ignored. Join us for a live honest discussion about creatives and mental health. What particular challenges do creatives face, what coping mechanisms exist and how can we support each other?




Julie Young - Founder of TIDE Film Festival


Julie Young is an attorney turned non-profit executive, producer, writer, speaker and facilitator. Adopted at the age of three from Korea by an Italian and Irish-American family, she grew up in upstate New York. She moved to New York City to attend Fordham University where she earned a degree in Psychology. 


Julie is a frequent speaker and facilitator on topics related to representation in the media, race, identity, diversity, inclusion and adoption. Past speaking engagements have included Harvard Law School, The Made In Brooklyn Summit, Asian American International Film Festival 40th Anniversary and Mazars, amongst many others. 


Julie is the Founder of DreamMaker DreamDoer DreamSupporter, inc. (DreamMaker3D) a non-profit company that provides resources, connections and inspiration for creatives. Signature programs of DreamMaker3D include the TIDE Film Festival, a festival that highlights movies written, produced or directed by people of color and The Phenomenal Girls Club, which fosters learning, leadership and friendship for girls of color. She is the creator, producer and host of the web series Not Your Average for Julie is the founder, co-creator, former co-producer and current advisor to $6.99 Per Pound Podcast. 


Julie served for almost ten years as the founding and immediate past Board Chair for and as an advisory Board member of Nazdeek, a human rights and legal training organization. She holds a degree in Psychology from Fordham University and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.


Alfonso Johnson - Filmmaker


Alfonso Johnson (Queens, NY) won top honors at the 2018 American Black Film Festival winning the HBO award for Best Short Film for MOTHS & BUTTERFLIES for which he received a 2-year distribution deal with Premium network. Past recipients include Ryan Coogler (BLACK PANTHER), Steven Caple Jr. (CREED II), and Gerard McMurray (THE FIRST PURGE). Alfonso’s films have appeared in over 100 film festivals internationally and have been distributed on multiple platforms including HBO, Verizon Fios, Comcast, Xfinity, and Dish Cable Networks. As a Writer, Alfonso has written content for BET+, WarnerMedia, BandWagon Media, and Viacom. Currently, Alfonso is an alumni of the 2020 HBO Directors Access Program. He’s currently in post production on his latest short film, SOMETHING IN THE TREES, that examines the life and nefarious circumstances surrounding the death of Dominique Alexander. WarnerMedia150 and Alfonso’s production company 919 FilmWorks are producing SOMETHING IN THE TREES. Alfonso is also in development for his debut feature film, THE LEGEND OF MANCHILD KENNY.


Joy Lieberthal Rho - LCSW

Joy Lieberthal Rho received her B.S. from Union College and her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University.  She has been working in the field of adoption for 25 years professionally and through various volunteer organizations.  As a Policy Analyst for the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, she co-authored the Report on the First Gathering of Adult Korean Adoptees in Washington, DC , the first of its kind to report first person perspectives on what it is like to be adopted.  She has also been published by Child Welfare League of America in their Adoption and Ethics series. Joy was a social worker in international placement for Spence-Chapin Services in NYC but ultimately worked in their post-adoption department for six years. Joy worked as a counselor for children and parents, presented at workshops related to issues around being adopted, facilitated Spence-Chapin’s Kids Groups, ran Teen Forums and helped to create a youth Mentorship program for domestic and international adoptees.  She has created curricula for agencies and professionals on a wide variety of topics – such as preparing for birthcountry visits, an overview of clinical issues in adoption – as they relate to helping families and children around adoption issues.  Joy has spoken in local and national forums, in particular, at the Joint Council on International Children Services, Adoptive Parents Committee, Families with Children from China and the North American Council on Adoptable Children and the St. John’s Adoption Initiative.  Joy has worked with local private elementary schools in educating educators about growing up adopted.  Passionate about working within the Asian American community here in NY, Joy was the clinical supervisor at the Korean American Family Service Center in Flushing serving domestic violence victims and immigrants. Joy was the 2014 recipient of the Caring for Children Award from the Coalition on Asian American Children and Families and the 2016 Outstanding Practitioner Award from St. John’s Adoption Initiative Conference.


Joy is currently in private practice working with adoptive families and adopted persons.  She works on the counseling team at the Juilliard School for undergraduate and graduate students.  She is the co-director of Sejong Camp and Vice President of Programming at Sejong Cultural Education, Inc., a non profit furthering cultural understanding in and among the Korean and American communities.  She is co-founder of, a non profit website dedicated to the curating of information on wellness and mental health for the intercountry adoptee.


Joy was adopted from Korea.  She came to her family just shy of her sixth birthday.  She grew up in New York.  She was the president for about six years of Also-Known-As, a NY based non-profit volunteer organization for internationally adopted people and families.  She created and co-directed the youth Mentorship Program that continues to this day. She was on the planning committee for the First Gathering of Korean Adoptees in 1999 as well as the Gathering in Korea in 2004.  She lived in Korea for a year working in an orphanage.  During that time she learned how to speak Korean, learned that her birthmother had been searching for her for 21 years and learned that her identity as a Korean adopted person was a significant aspect of who she is.   She has been in reunion with her birthmother since 1994.