BEDLAM screening and filmmaker Q&A
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About this event
Through intimate stories of patients, families, and medical providers, BEDLAM immerses us in America's crisis surrounding the care of people with severe mental illness. Filmed over five years, it brings us inside one of the nation's busiest psychiatric emergency rooms, into jails where psychiatric patients are warehoused, and to the homes and homeless encampments of mentally ill members of our communities. An official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and winner of the 2021 duPont-Columbia Award, BEDLAM aired on PBS and has been shown in communities around the country.
BEDLAM co-writer and co-producer Peter Miller will present the film, take questions, and examine the role of storytelling in sparking change. An Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary maker who has worked on many of Ken Burns’ projects, Miller helped connect the personal stories in the film to the broader, catastrophic history of one of our nation's greatest social crises, crafting what The Hollywood Reporter described as “a damning indictment and a call to action – lucid, harrowing and urgent.”
Prior to the screening, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Finger Lakes will present the annual Jean Walters Award. This is the first event in "Lifting the Cloud," a series on storytelling for mental health organized by Story House.