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The recent films of filmmaker/activist Ken Paul Rosenthal are provocative and beautiful works of conscious cinema that re-envision the way we think, speak and feel about mental distress and wellness in today’s chaotic world. These transformative films weave personal and political narratives through natural and urban landscapes, home movies, and archival social hygiene films. www.kenpaulrosenthal.com
Mad Dance is a new trilogy of provocative and beautiful short films that re-envision the way we think, speak and feel about mental distress and wellness in today’s chaotic world. These transformative films offer new maps for navigating madness with insight, healing and hope.
For Shadows (2013, Color, Regular 8 to Video, Sound, 26 minutes) A contemplative, multi-layered memoir that unravels the tangled roots of self-harm and explores the process of coming to terms with one’s shadow. The home movies of a child’s formative years and an interior landscape of traumatic domestic memories are excavated and re-constructed alongside sound clips from archival mental hygiene films.
In Light, In! (2013, Color, Video, Sound, 12 minutes) A haunting, visual essay about the awkward and angry junctures where our culture struggles to manage its emotional distress. Images recycled from 1950’s-era educational films are accompanied by original compositions by cellist, Zoe Keating.
Crooked Beauty (2011, Color, Super 8 to Video, Sound, 32 minutes) A poetic documentary that chronicles artist-activist Jacks McNamara’s courageous 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.