Published On: Wed, Oct 9th, 2013

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

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With Halloween looming, two ‘mental patient’ costume scandals have already hit the supermarkets. However hope is at hand for a brighter month, as Glasgow Film Theatre launches Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival this October 6 – 20.The festival features three cutting-edge documentaries:  First Cousin Once Removed, I Am Breathing and Running from Crazy.

First Cousin Once Removed sees Alan Berliner portray his friend and mentor, poet Edwin Honig, during his battle with Alzheimer’s. Berliner – an internationally acclaimed filmmaker – will host a master class at GMAC at 13.30 on October 6 and then take part in a Q&A, after the GFT screening  (17.30 that night).

Following this, I am Breathing will show on October 14 (18.00). The film records the final few months of the life of Motor Neurone disease sufferer Neil Platt and concludes with a GFT debate: Who Cares for the Carers?

Rounding off the festival is Double Oscar-winner Barbara Kopple’s film, Running from Crazy. Showing on October 20 (19.45) it follows Mariel Hemingway –  grand-daughter of Ernest Hemingway – as she traces the mental health issues that run throughout her family.

GFT spokeswoman, Jane Hartshorn, said: “The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival returns to GFT for 2013 with three cutting-edge documentaries on the theme of reality.

“Alan Berliner makes a deeply personal statement with his latest film, then we feature: I am Breathing, which is a powerful documentary, before  the festical closes with Running from Crazy, an insightful film from Kopple.

“The leaves may be turning brown and the days getting shorter, but you can still escape to GFT to immerse yourself in a bright and beautiful kaleidoscope of films!”


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