Film Screening: Voices from the Emotional Underground: "Crooked Beauty" and "Beyond the Medical Model" with filmmaker Sera Davidow

Film Screening: Voices from the Emotional Underground: "Crooked Beauty" and "Beyond the Medical Model" with filmmaker Sera Davidow

The Sanctuary for Independent Media, 3361 6th Avenue, Troy, NY

November 20, 2014 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Two film screenings, followed by a public forum, offer an evocative critique of the mental health system and vision of alternatives.

The short film Crooked Beauty (2013), part of the Mad Dance Trilogy by Ken Paul Rosenthal,, is the winner of 17 awards, official selection of 47 film festivals, and has been featured at dozens of mental health symposia. This internationally acclaimed poetic documentary chronicles artist-activist Jacks McNamara’s transformative journey from psych ward inpatient to pioneering mental health advocacy. It is an intimate portrait of her intense personal quest to live with courage and dignity, and a powerful critique of standard psychiatric treatments. 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.

Beyond the Medical Model (2013), by Sera Davidow, examines the impact of a one-model system that has been written so inextricably into our law and language that it has become difficult for many to even hear the evidence supporting a much broader take on what we so often label ‘mental illness.’  Through the expertise of people sharing a range of worldviews and parts of their own stories, information is offered on how we have sometimes harmed ourselves and our communities through our own rigidity.  The film encourages us to explore how we might begin to understand our experiences through a variety of lenses and without limiting ourselves to any one box or framework. 

Filmmaker Sera Davidow is a mother, advocate, activist and filmmaker. She devotes much of her time as Director of the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community (RLC),, an organization which creates conditions that support healing and growth for individuals and the community through learning opportunities, advocacy, peer-to-peer support and the development of regional and national networks.

Sponsored by Rensselaer's School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, iEAR Presents, NYSCA, The Sanctuary for Independent Media

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