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 her 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.
PLEASE NOTE: This Vimeo video is intended for HOME USE ONLY. This Vimeo file cannot be projected at film festivals, symposiums, or in theaters. Use of audio excerpts for radio programs require written permission from the director. As a cinema artist, I'd appreciate your purchasing and projecting the DVD for non-profit events, community gatherings, or mental health symposium, rather than this low resolution Vimeo file. Your purchase of an affordable DVD will give your audience a far superior screening experience as well as help support my continued work making mental health-themed films that offer new maps for navigating madness with insight, healing and hope. The DVD has sub-titled versions of Crooked Beauty in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Hebrew. For more information, please contact the director here: