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The Sensitive Men Rising documentary is the first-ever documentary film about Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) in Men.

And if you don’t already know, SPS is the scientific term for High Sensitivity or the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) trait.

So if you ever come across these three terms, know they mean the same thing.

The Sensitive Men Rising documentary will explore how the HSP trait manifests in men worldwide. It will feature stories and interviews with several Highly Sensitive Men and women.

And it will premiere on June 18, 2023, at a worldwide streaming event at the Hibernia in San Francisco.

So save the date, and let’s chart a new course for conversations about sensitivity in men.

What We Know So Far about the Sensitive Men Rising Documentary

In bullet points below, find everything we know so far about the upcoming Sensitive Men Rising documentary.

  • The documentary is still in production with a release date scheduled for June 18, 2023
  • There will be a premiere event at The Hibernia in San Francisco
  • The documentary will stream worldwide during its premiere
  • Will Harper, the award-winning director behind Sensitive – the Untold Story, is directing Sensitive Men Rising
  • Dr. Elaine N. Aron is part of the production team as an interviewer and HSP expert
  • Alanis Morissette, the award-winning musician featured in Sensitive-the Untold Story will also be in Sensitive Men Rising
  • Peter Coyote, Luke Goss, and Scott Barry Kaufman are some of the Highly Sensitive Men featured in the documentary

And speaking of people participating in the Sensitive Men Rising documentary, below is a list of 13 Highly Sensitive Men appearing in the documentary.

The Sensitive Men Rising Documentary Will Feature these 13 Highly Sensitive Men 

These people are in the Sensitive Men Rising documentary

1. Peter Coyote

Peter Coyote is an award-winning actor, narrator, writer, Buddhist Priest, singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is the author of two memoirs: Sleeping Where I Fall and The Rainman’s Third Cure, as well as other books.

And while Peter Coyote wasn’t on the original list of sensitive men to appear in the Sensitive Men Rising documentary, a post by Dr. Tracy Cooper on Instagram confirms him as the latest inclusion.

Here is the post:

2. Luke Goss

Known as one-half of the British boy band Bros, Luke Goss is now an artist, author, actor, musician and filmmaker. He is the author of I Owe You Nothing– a London bestselling autobiography, and Desert Conversation – a soul-searching memoir.

And as an actor, he is known for his roles as Nomak in Blade II and Prince Nuada in Hellboy II.

Luke Goss will be sharing his story in the Sensitive Men Rising documentary and his song Free is the official soundtrack for this documentary.

3. Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman is a scientist, author, podcaster, keynote speaker, and science writer.

He is the host of The Psychology Podcast, author and editor of 10+ books, and his writing has appeared in Psychology Today, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American, and more.

Dr. Kaufman is the author of Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization, and Choose Growth – a workbook for transcending trauma, fear, and self-doubt.

He will be offering insight into the HSP trait in men through an interview session on the Sensitive Men Rising documentary.

4. Harold Charles

Born and raised in Haiti, Harold Charles is an appointed Parliament Officer by the British Govern of Turks and Caicos Islands. He attributes his appointment and success to his sensitivity to the needs of people.

And as one of the featured interviews in the Sensitive Men Rising documentary, Harold will be sharing his ability to synthesize, integrate, and apply the strengths of sensitivity to better his life and that of others.

5. Dr. Saamdu Chetri

Born in a cowshed in rural Bhutan and nicknamed a Happiness Guru by the BBC, Dr. Saamdu Chetri is the former Executive Director and Minister of Gross National Happiness in Bhutan.

He is also the author of How to Bring Up Happy Children and Tashi: A Gross National Happiness Journal for kids and adults.

In the Sensitive Men Rising documentary, Dr. Chetri will share his emotional and inspiring life story of trials and tribulations. And his story will illuminate the essence of differential susceptibility and emotional sensitivity.

6. Boy Abunda

Known as Asia’s King of Talk, Boy Abunda is the male Oprah of the Philippines. He is the number one Talk Show host, a Filipino professor, Publicist, and Talent Manager.

But his journey to the top has not been easy.

Boy Abunda grew up gay and Highly Sensitive in a poor region in the Philippines. And these two shunned elements of his life made him an easy target for frequent bullying and rejection.

Now in the Sensitive Men Rising documentary, Boy Abunda will share how his HSP trait helped him to persevere, understand negative complexities, and survive in the industry.

7. John Hughes

John Hughes is a successful IT executive, author, and speaker. In 2020, he worked alongside Dr. Elaine N. Aron and Dr. Tracy Cooper to facilitate the first-ever seminar for Highly Sensitive Men.

John believes that while Highly Sensitive Men aren’t superior, they make the best leaders. And he will be sharing 3 reasons why he believes this in the Sensitive Men Rising documentary.

Highly sensitive men are not more superior than other men. We just lead with vulnerability, and that ain’t bad!

John Hughes

8. Andy Lightfoot

Andy Lightfoot is a former Special Forces mechanic and undercover cop who held various occupations. He has worked as a conductor, engineer, crime scene technician, locomotive switchman and more.

And his experience in some of these roles as well as his HSP trait exposed him to a life of struggle with CPTSD (Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Now as an HSP/HSS man, Andy is championing the mental health and well-being of first responders and veterans.

He will be sharing his emotional and inspiring stories through hell and back in the Sensitive Men Rising documentary.

9. Andre Singleton

Currently suffering from Stage 4 Cancer, Andre Singleton is a multimedia artist in Oakland. He is also a former employee of Spike Lee – the award-winning director.

And as a sensitive and transgender person of colour (POC), Andre’s life story is a complex roller-coaster that will move you to tears.

He will be sharing this emotional, compelling, and complex story in the Sensitive Men Rising documentary.

10. Dr. Keith Black

In his own words, Dr. Keith Black is like a black thief in the night, sneaking into the brain to steal the tumour while leaving healthy tissue untouched. He is a practising neurosurgeon at Cedar Sinai in Los Angeles, California.

And as the author of Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles, Dr. Black invites readers into his life battling some of the deadliest and most feared tumours. And also shares his sensitive insights about the inner workings of the brain.

Dr. Keith Black will be sharing these insights and his optimism for the future in the Sensitive Men Rising documentary.

11. Marco Barruffaldi

Marco Baruffaldi is a sensitive man in a country where sensitivity is largely rejected, especially by men. He is a Nutrition Counselor and Executive Chef living in Italy.

And his story of overcoming food addictions and obesity as a young man, and helping others along the way has shown him the value of sensitivity and going against cultural norms.

Marco will be in the Sensitive Men Rising documentary discussing the difficulties of being a sensitive man in Italy and the value of sensitivity people don’t see.

12. Eliran Avni

Praised as the hope of Israeli music, Eliran Avni is a Highly Sensitive pianist on the faculty at the State University of New York.

He will be in the Sensitive Men Rising documentary discussing how performance anxiety manifests in Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs) and how any performer can overcome it.

His discussion is with Dr. Elaine N. Aron – the pioneer of the HSP trait and the bestselling author of The Highly Sensitive Person.

13. Soborno Isaac Bari

Soborno Isaac Bari may be a little too young at 11 years old to be called a Highly Sensitive Man. But he is a Highly Sensitive Boy who will grow up into a successful sensitive man. And that’s why he is part of this list.

Referred to as the Einstein of our time, Soborno is the youngest professor in the world. He is the recipient of the Global Child Prodigy Award and the author of The Love – a book about the prejudice and hatred caused by religious differences.

Soborno is also a sensitive boy who processes information deeply and is overwhelmed by the impactful decisions adults are making. He will be part of the interviews in the Sensitive Men Rising documentary.

Final Thoughts on The Sensitive Men Rising Documentary

These are not the only Highly Sensitive Men in the Sensitive Men Rising documentary.

There are many more interviews and stories from other sensitive men worldwide. So this list is just a sample of what to expect on June 18, 2023.

Remember, the Sensitive Men Rising documentary is the first-ever documentary film about sensitivity in men. It’s inspired by Dr. Elaine N. Aron and award-winning director William Harper who brought us Sensitive – the Untold Story.

And because the making of this documentary has been years in the making, expect it to revolutionize the world. Or at least change the conversation around High Sensitivity in men.

So save the date, and let’s be part of this change.

Visit the Sensitive Men Rising website to learn more.


With love and kindness,

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