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PILLARS OF MADNESS: A History of American Psychiatry

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PILLARS OF MADNESS: A History of American Psychiatry
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PILLARS OF MADNESS: A History of American Psychiatry is an 8-part documentary film series, chronicling the development and institutions of Psychiatric Medicine and the American Experience. More information about the project and the team can be seen here: pillarsofmadness.com. Our long-form funding proposal is also available upon request by contacting us here: [email protected]

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A MESSAGE TO OUR SUPPORTERS: DUE TO THE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS OF SURROUNDING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK IN NEW YORK CITY, THE PRODUCERS HAVE MADE THE TOUGH DECISION TO POSTPONE THIS EVENT TEMPORARILY.  PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.  WE WILL BE SUSPENDING TICKET SALES TO THE EVENT, AND WILL RESUME ONCE THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF OUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND COLLEAGES CAN BE ASSURED.  WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH OUR SPONSORS, VENUE AND PERFORMERS TO KEEP THE LINE-UP AND PRESENTATION AS PROMISED BUT WE WILL PRESENTING AT A LATER DATE.  PLEASE STAY HEALTHY AND SAFE. 

TO ANYONE WHO WISHES TO MAKE A TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION TO SUPPORT OUR EDUCATIONAL MEDIA PROJECT, WE WILL CONTINUE ACCEPTING DONATIONS THROUGH OUR FISCAL SPONSOR'S ONLINE PLATFORM,  TO RESUME PRODUCTION ONCE WE CAN ASSURE THE SAFETY OF OUR CREW AND OUR ON-CAMERA PARTICIPANTS. 

WISHING YOU AND ALL SAFETY AND GOOD HEALTH IN THESE DIFFICULT TIMES. 

SINCERELY, 

FRANCSICO ESCOBAR | Producer - PILLARS OF MADNESS

 

The producers of the film series invite you to join our community by attending a very special event to support the production of this very important project. We are proudly presenting a musical performance by our resident composer, Gene Pritsker, of COMPOSERS CONCORDANCE (NYC), whose most recent accomplisments are prominently featured in the critically acclaimed dramatic series, BABYLON BERLIN. Included in the price of your ticket will be libations lovingly crafted by our sponsors, KANSAS CLEAN DISTILLED and BARRIER BREWING, whose generous support makes independent media possible. PILLARS is being hosted by the historic ST. MARK'S CHURCH, supporting New York's arts community since 1919. 

WHERE AND WHEN

ONE DAY ONLY!

POSTPONED DUE TO HEALTH AND SAFETY CONCERNS

SAINT MARK'S CHURCH-IN-THE-BOWERY

131 East 10th Street, New York, NY 10003


ABOUT THE FILMS

PILLARS OF MADNESS is an eight-part documentary film series about the evolution of psychiatry in America.  In 1843, the American nation made its first attempt, of many, to answer the question of how to properly care for the mentally ill.  Our story begins in Central New York in the Mohawk Valley, the site of the New York State Lunatic Asylum at Utica.  The construction of the hospital marks a convergence of medicine, philosophy, politics, science, and engineering.  The asylum, dubbed “Old Main”, would be known to the medical profession and to historians as the “model institution”.

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The story of Old Main will be told through a collection of interviews, archival footage, images, and thrilling re-enactments. All elements will be interwoven into an overarching storyline giving the viewer an insightful and entertaining journey through the history of Old Main and the mental health practices it produced. PILLARS OF MADNESS features a script written by respected filmmaker, Francisco Escobar and will be produced in association with OH PENNY PICTURES & FRESKO IMAGEWORKS.

For more information, please visit: pillarsofmadness.com

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