On June 21, 1967, at the age of 17, Lucy Winer was committed to the female violent ward of Kings Park State Hospital following a series of suicide attempts. Over 30 years later, now an award-winning filmmaker, Lucy returns to Kings Park for the first time since her discharge. Her journey back sparks a decade-long effort to face her past and learn the story of the now abandoned institution that once held her captive. Her meetings with other former patients, their families, and the hospital staff reveal the painful legacy of our state hospital system and the crisis left by its demise.
As the public debate over mental health in this country grows more heated, KINGS PARK offers an unprecedented look at the vanishing history of public mental health care in America, culminating with the challenges we face today and an understanding of how we got here. Winner of the Grand Prize at the Mad in America International Film Festival and the NYAPRS Public Education/Media Award, KINGS PARK has been presented at festivals, conferences, universities, community organizations and hospitals to a wide range of diverse audiences.
Online piracy isn't about altruism, it's about income. Today's technology allows web pirates to steal content and monetize that content with a click of a mouse. Meanwhile, "legit" companies encourage and facilitate this theft while also profiting from it (ad service providers, advertisers and payment processors). The time has come for reasonable measures to be taken to discourage this theft. Content creators and consumers will benefit. Only the pirates and those who profit from their theft will lose. I also want to emphasize that this presentation is not about our film. It's about what's happening, on a daily basis, to content creators large and small (artists, filmmakers, musicians, authors, journalists, and more) across the web. For more on this issue: popuppirates.com
This video is based on a presentation first given at Canadian Music Week's Global Forum in March of 2011.
Update, since this video was created we documented well over 50,000 illegal download links and streams to our film.