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Crooked Beauty

Crooked Beauty is a poetic documentary that chronicles artist-activist Jacks McNamara’s transformative journey from childhood abuse to psych ward inpatient to pioneering mental health advocacy. It is an intimate portrait of their 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.

 

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Director: Ken Paul Rosenthal

Ken Paul Rosenthal is an independent filmmaker, photographer and educator. His films are visually sensual, emotionally intelligent works of art that also function as tools for personal and societal transformation. He is the recipient of a Kodak Cinematography Award, numerous festival awards, and is recognized for his media work in mental health advocacy. He holds an MA in Creative & Interdisciplinary Arts, an MFA in Cinema Production, and has taught film as a means of cultivating personal vision in workshops and universities in North America and abroad. Ken’s poetic documentary project, Mad Dance: A Mental Health Film Trilogy, re-envisions 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. To date, these films have collectively won 17 awards, screened at 58 film festivals, and been presented in person at dozens of peer support networks, universities, mental health symposia and community events worldwide. Over 4,000 DVDs have been distributed to date, including 237 academic libraries.

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