Film Screening: Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 7pm :Madness and Mindfulness: Four Films by Ken Paul Rosenthal
Ken Paul Rosenthal In Person presented in association with the The Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts Program and the West Gallery’s exhibit The Changing Face of Normal
The recent films of filmmaker/activist Ken Paul Rosenthal are beautiful and provocative works of conscious cinema that re-envision the way we think and speak about our individual and collective mental health 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. Screening: the complete Mad Dance: A Mental Health Film Trilogy, consisting of For Shadows, a contemplative, multi-layered memoir that unravels the tangled roots of self-harm while coming to terms with one’s shadow; In Light In! a darkly humorous, visual essay on the pervasive disease model of mental illness in Western Culture; and Crooked Beauty, the much-lauded poetic documentary on artist/activist Jacks McNamara and the foundation of the Icarus Project. Program also includes Rosenthal’s I My Bike, a cine-poetic work traces the conflict between urban space and the body.