May 09, 2005

San Francisco Schizophrenia Event

San Francisco Bay Area (actually, San Jose) Screening of "People Say I'm Crazy"

This just in from Katie Cadogan:

This coming Sunday, May 15, 2005 John and I will be at a benefit screening of our award-winning film, People Say I'm Crazy followed by a VIP reception and exhibit of John's woodcuts at the San Jose Museum of Art.

Funds raised will support the South Bay's primary mental health service provider - Alliance for Community Care - the organization that helped John with housing, case management and other support in the early years of his illness.

This is the first public screening of People Say I'm Crazy locally and we'd love for you to join us in supporting Alliance!

People Say I'm Crazy
4:00 pm -SUNDAY May 15, 2005
Camera 12 Cinemas, San Jose
Q & A with John and Katie Cadigan following the film

Reception & Exhibit of John Cadigan's Woodcuts
6:45-9:00 pm -SUNDAY May 15, 2005
San Jose Museum of Art

SPECIAL "Friends & Family" tickets: $50/person
Call: 408 254-6820 x217

A limited number of these reduced-price - $50/person - "Friends and Family" tickets are only available by phone.
Call now to reserve your seat: 408 254-6820 x217

Please pass the word about this special screening and discount. Regular tickets are going for $150/person, but Alliance has made a special arrangement with us to give friends of our film (and family) access to more affordable seats.

About People Say I'm Crazy
An artist films his struggle with schizophrenia

During his senior year of college, artist John Cadigan had a psychotic break. He dropped out, cycled through a number of doctors and medications, then decided to film his agonizing struggle with mental illness.

People Say I'm Crazy is the first-ever documentary photographed and directed by someone with schizophrenia. John invites audiences to tour the world inside his "beautiful mind" - a chaotic, paranoid and creative universe, where he struggles to know what is real. Over the decade-long course of his recovery, he films his meltdowns and triumphs, his family and friends, shattering cultural notions of "madness."

- Los Angeles Times

"Extremely affecting!"
- New York Times

"Truly unique... a remarkable piece of cinéma-vérité!
- Film Journal

"I've never seen anything quite like it, and if it doesn't make you cry two or three times, you need a heart transplant.... You'll never forget it."
- Entertainment Weekly

"Brave, scary and beautifully insightful"
- Time Out

"Rarely has mental illness been depicted so subjectively and seemed so immediate... It's also a touching testament to the love and dedication of John's family."
- TV Guide

"A corrective to widespread cultural misrepresentation [of schizophrenia] through its rare glimpse into John Cadigan's courageous and personal revelations."
- Psychiatric News

Awards for People Say I'm Crazy!

Humanitarian Award
Vancouver International Film Festival

Documentary Feature Award
Chicago International Film Festival

Outstanding Television Documentary 2004
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

Best Documentary Film
Rhode Island International Film Festival
New Jersey Film Festival
Route 66 Film Festival
Wilmington Film Festival

First Prize-Artistic Achievement
Eli Lilly "Moving Lives Forward" Reintegration Awards

Outstanding Media Award - 2005
Southern California Psychiatric Society


Press inquiries
Katie Cadigan, producer

Sales, rentals & filmmaker appearances
Ira Wohl, producer
323 656 4300


This movie is excellent, I highly recommend watching it if you have the chance. It gave my family more insight to my brother's experiences with schizophrenia.

Posted by: gretel at May 29, 2005 02:19 PM

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