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December 19, 2005
New Schizophrenia Film: Hysterical Mind
Filmmaker Mike Kula of Lincoln, Nebraska graduated in 1997 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Nebraska, at Lincoln. Mike has recently released his short (33 minute) film " Hysterical Mind" for purchase via the Internet and is also looking for new venues to promote it and show it around the country.
Mike Kula wrote, produced, edited and starred in the independent short film. Its a film he calls "funny and horrific at the same time." A film he created from his own experience, from his life with schizophrenia.
Although "Hysterical Mind" might be easily categorized as a film about schizophrenia, Lincoln, Nebraska filmmaker Mike Kula said he prefers to think of his video production as a work of art.
Artistic pursuits, however, are not often viewed as practical career goals. This conflict is evident in "Hysterical Mind." The main character, Mark (played by Jared Thompson), is obviously a talented painter. Throughout the film, however, he is confronted by a man in a custodian's uniform. Walter (played by Kula) tries to convince Mark that he is a custodian, not an artist. Other influential characters in Mark‘s confusing life also appear–sometimes unexpectedly throughout the film: musicians hosting jam sessions in his living room; waitresses pouring coffee in the diner; staff and patients at the mental health center; art instructors and students at the recreation center; and a girlfriend who, partway through the film, becomes the former girlfriend.
One review of the film says that:
"The film is comically disturbing and disturbingly comic at the same time. Some of the characters say and do funny things. But are we supposed to laugh? This is a serious topic. What about the young man in group therapy who insists he was rescued from a highway collision by a blonde Oriental woman named Yoko on a motorcycle? He's not really supposed to be funny. Or is he...?"
Another reviewer has said (of an early review version of the film):
"I found it hard to watch. Disturbing. Discordant. A bit jarring.
The Lincoln Journal Star reported that another viewer, had this to say about the film:
"Stephen Griffith is Saint Paul's minister to the community. He saw the column about Kula's movie last January.
Those who are interested in viewing the film, or offering suggestions for promoting the film, may contact Kula at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out a trailer for the film here at Mike's Web Site:
Additional Information: Lincoln Journal Star story: Cindy Lange-Kubick: Film about schizophrenia to show at church
Posted by szadmin at December 19, 2005 12:58 PM
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