Crazy Art Awardwinning documentary on art psychiatric recovery

Post date: November 16th, 2012

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Crazy Art is a ground-breaking documentary that explores how three artists struggling with mental illness use art to tame their sometimes brutal psychiatric symptoms. It also chronicles how their art enables them to reach a place of transcendence. The film also looks at the life of Vincent van Gogh comparing his psychiatric struggles and art with those of the three contemporary California artists in the film. The way these three artists experience and express their psychiatric symptoms in their art shows the power of creative and meditative endeavors in combating psychosis and depression. Filmed in widescreen High Definition, with a compelling musical soundtrack, the film goes far beyond the conventional documentary on mental health issues, and with beautiful images, shows how very challenged lives can be uplifted by art. The film won an Audience Choice Award at the 2010 Santa Barbara International Film Festival. Screened at the national conference of the American Art Therapy Association in 2011, the documentary was very well received by the art therapy community. Family members of those with mental illness, keys figures in NAMI, staff at mental health agencies, psychology faculty, and those diagnosed with mental illness have praised the film for making transparent the usually opaque world of schizophrenia. Evocative and moving, this documentary is a compelling experience for anyone connected to the mental health world. And for those who are just curious about things psychiatric, this is an eye-opening introduction to what it's like to be on the tough road of recovery. more
  • A great educational experience for those interested in mental health.
  • Draws eye-opening parallels between the work of van Gogh and the artists in the film.
  • For anyone challenged by depression, anxiety or the more serious psychiatric disorders, this is a must-see.
  • Looks at what it's like to be the family member or friend of someone struggling with psychiatric problems.
  • Shows how creativity can help even in the darkest of times.

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