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.