Crooked Beauty
Ken Paul Rosenthal 2011
Documentary Short

Sunday Jun 26, 2011
$10 online or at the door.
The Old American Can Factory
(on the roof)
Roof and Courtyard
232 Third St. at 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
F/G to Carroll St. or R to Union

8:00PMDoors Open
8:30PMLive Music
9:00PMFilms begin
10:00PMQ&A with filmmaker Andris Gauja
11:30PMAfter Party in the Courtyard
In the event of rain the show will be rescheduled for a later date ~ No refunds ~ Seating is first come, first served. Physical seats are limited. This means you may not get a chair. You are welcome to bring a blanket and sit picnic-style, but no alcohol is permitted.


This Show Presented in Partnership With
XO Projects
New York Magazine

NY Premiere

Crooked Beauty (Ken Paul Rosenthal | San Francisco, CA | 30 min.)

Official Link:

"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.

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

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