(on the roof)
Roof and Courtyard
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union
|10:00PM||Q&A with filmmaker Andris Gauja|
|11:30PM||After Party in the Courtyard|
Crooked Beauty (Ken Paul Rosenthal | San Francisco, CA | 30 min.)
"Crooked Beauty is that rare breed of film that is both a socially relevant documentary while at the same time a work of artistic beauty. The combination is breathtaking and inspiring."
- Jay Rosenblatt, filmmaker, Human Remains
Crooked Beauty is a poetic documentary that chronicles artist-activist Jacks McNamara’s transformative journey from childhood abuse to psych ward patient to pioneering mental health advocacy. She survived trauma from an alcoholic mother and battled her own substance-abuse issues when diagnosed as ‘bipolar’ at age 19 and incarcerated.
Destined to overturn the stigmas usually associated with madness and develop authentic healing models for individuals diagnosed ‘mentally ill’, she co-founds The Icarus Project, an international support network and grassroots media project. Jack’s mission becomes an intense personal quest to live with courage and dignity, and a powerful critique of standard psychiatric treatments. Her poignant and revealing testimonials reach beyond the stereotypes of mental health problems to suggest that extreme sadness and sensitivity is not an illness, but a part of human experience to be explored with creativity and compassion.
Crooked Beauty’s lyrical visual style is integral to its subject matter, connecting the fissures and fault lines of human nature to the unstable topography and mercurial weather patterns of the San Francisco Bay Area. Montages of urban and natural landscapes convey the fluctuations of mania and depression described in Jack’s narration. Her presence is further embodied through her paintings and collages, and excerpts from her poetry and journals. Thematically progressive and formally beautiful, Crooked Beauty reframes the diagnosis and treatment of madness as a tool of insight and integration for individuals who openly struggle with their mental health, and anyone who might feel ‘crazy’ in today’s chaotic world. www.crookedbeauty.com
US Super 8 Film & Video Festival, NJ – Grand Prize, Documentary Short
Human Dignity Film Festival, Sonoma – Best of Fest
Mendocino Film Festival, Mendocino, CA – Best Documentary Short
Athens International Film Festival, Athens, GA – Second Prize, Documentary Short
Szeged Super 8 Film Festival – Best of Fest and Audience Choice Award
Superfest International Disability Festival, Berkeley, CA – Award of Merit
Artivist Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA – Spirit Award