I know that it has been a while since I have posted an update, and, perhaps, many of you who have backed this project have wondered if it was still in the making. Well, despite the difficulties of living this story as well as filming it, I am making progress on the film, if not the actual situation. This Sunday, September 29, 2013, CBS 60 Minutes is doing a story called “Imminent Danger” about mental illness. It will feature an interview with me as well as clips from my film“That Way Madness Lies…”. I have worked over 9 months with the producers Coleman Cowan and Graham Messick, and have found them to be impeccable journalists and nice human beings.
Please help me get the word out to everyone you know to watch this program and then visit the project website at www.madnessthemovie.com. There they can find information on how to contribute to the film through the International Documentary Association, the fiscal sponsor of the film. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
I am hoping that this exposure will help get the film funded to completion and perhaps distributed. 20 years ago 60 Minutes featured my film “Sharp Edges” and it literally launched my filmmaking career. (Clips of that film will be seen on November 5 on ESPN documentary series 30 for 30 and again during the Winter Olympics.)
More than one-third of the Kickstarter money you contributed went to a highly recommended grant writer. After several egregious incompetencies, an unwillingness to take responsibility for her mistakes and not one successful grant application, she is no longer working for me. It seems to me that the stigma of mental illness hampers my funding capabilities with foundations. I have had much better luck and an overwhelming response from individuals whose lives have been touched by this unrelenting disorder.
So, we journey onward. As contributors to this movie, I am looking forward to your feedback of the 60 Minutes piece – honest and direct! Thank you once again.
Sandra Luckow is an award winning filmmaker based in New York City. Her films include: Sharp Edges; Belly Talkers; A World Within; That Way Madness Lies…
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