In Philadelphia there is a special beauty salon that focuses on not just beauty outside, but beauty in the brain. The “Hollywood Beauty Salon” in an intimate setting under the wing of the NHS Germantown Recovery Community, a non-profit mental health program. At the center of it all is Rachel “Hollywood” Carr Timms. She runs this beauty parlor where staff and clients are all in the process of recovery from a variety of mental health issues. They gather to get their hair done, share stores, support one another, and start to rebuild their lives. The documentary Hollywood Beauty Salon follows all involved as they prepare for their annual “Hair Recovery Show.” This is a bit like a beauty pageant where their stories are told. The documentary was worked on for over four years and over time became part of the healing process.
The film is directed by Glenn Holsten, the award-winning documentary film-maker. His previous films include:
OC87: The Obsessive-Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie, a feature-length documentary about recovery from the depths of mental illness through filmmaking, Saint of 9/11, a biography of Father Mychal Judge, the Chaplain to the New York City Fire Department who died on 9/11 which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and most recently, The Barefoot Artist, a portrait of artist Lily Yeh which was released last year.