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A trilogy of poetic and provocative films that re-envision the way we think and speak about our mental health in today's chaotic world.

“The gift of Ken’s work is that he creates a safe place for what is termed ‘illness’ or ‘madness’ to be addressed in terms of art and vision.”                                 - Cherise Clarke, Gallery Gache, Vancouver, Canada

Mad Dance is a trilogy of beautiful and provocative mental health films that re-envision the way we think and speak about our individual and collective mental health in today's chaotic world. This trio of films—For Shadows ~ A Movement ~ Crooked Beauty—collectively address the intertwined threads of madness, creativity, and wellness. The first two films are currently in pre-production, and will build upon the worldwide popular and critical success already achieved by Crooked Beauty — which will be sub-titled in 5 languages for this project.

Crooked Beauty Success:

33 Film Festivals ~ 14 Awards ~ 18 University Screenings ~ 12 Hospital and Consumer Network Presentations ~ 21 Mental Health Symposia ~ 2 Jail Visits ~ 26 Community Events ~ Over 2,400 dvd's sold on four continents, including 123 college libraries.

THE MAD DANCE PROJECT FEATURES ALL 3 FILMS ON A SINGLE DVD:

For Shadows (15 min.) unearths the tangled roots of self-harm from the home movies of a child's formative years. An interior landscape of traumatic domestic memories and audio clips from mental hygiene films of the 1970’s will be excavated and re-constructed in a search for wholeness.

A Movement (12 min.) is a musical collage essay on the pervasive disease model of mental illness in Western Culture. A stream of sterile, medical imagery culled entirely from archival educational mental health films—doctors in lab coats, patients in distress, and invasive strategies of mainstream psychiatry—will be ironically juxtaposed with the euphoric score, "Respighi: The Pines/Fountains of Rome".

Crooked Beauty (30 min.) newly sub-titled in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Hebrew, is a poetic documentary that chronicles artist-activist Jacks McNamara’s transformative journey from psych ward inpatient to pioneering mental health advocacy. Poignant testimonials connect the fissures and fault lines of human nature to the unstable topography and mercurial weather patterns of the San Francisco Bay Area.  www.crookedbeauty.com

THIS COLLECTION OF THREE MENTAL HEALTH FILMS WILL: 

CHALLENGE culturally mediated standards of normalcy by changing the way we think and speak about mental distress.

ENVISION a unique visual style to counter the stereotypes with which the mainstream media represents madness.

RESTORE a measure of authenticity to our lived experiences, stigmatized within society, by creating a compassionate space for embracing difference.

YOUR FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION WILL HELP FUND:

  • Production (archival footage/audio clip acquisition, digital transfers, editing) and Post-production (color correction, sound mix) of, For Shadows and A Movement.
  • Sub-titling of Crooked Beauty in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Hebrew.
  • DVD authoring and duplication.
  • Funds raised beyond my Kickstarter goal will go directly towards creating public and academic websites, educational outreach, and additional language translations to those listed above. 

YOUR DONOR GIFTS--see pictures below--will be delivered by August 1, except for the final DVD, which I intend to complete by Februrary 1, 2013. Shipping fees are included for all gifts, worldwide!

Thanks so much for your support and your participation!

Mad love, and love madly...Ken Paul Rosenthal, Film & Project Director

3 Postcards of Crooked Beauty Frame Stills

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DVD of the completed project, Mad Dance: A Mental Health Film Trilogy

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Printed & Illustrated Transcription of the Entire Crooked Beauty Script              (*only page 1 seen here)

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'Zine #1:  So Many Ways To Be Beautiful by Jacks McNamara

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'Zine #2:  Unraveling the Bio-psychiatric Knot by Sascha Altman DuBrul

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Crooked Beauty 22 x 28 inch Poster

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Large edition 20 x 20 inch print by Jacks McNamara, Choice #1

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Large edition 20 x 16 inch print by Jacks McNamara, Choice #2

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