There is great news, however. The film received a sizable grant from The Artemis Rising Foundation that allowed me to begin post- production. I hired the brilliantly talented editor Anne Alvergue who has begun to shape the raw material with sensitivity and clarity. Toby Shimin is our supervising editor, someone I have wanted to work with for 20 years, but the timing has never worked out. I feel like I am in a storytelling masterclass when we get together to go over the work.
We are working around-the-clock to make the application deadline of the Sundance Film Festival at the end of August. We have also been invited to show the film as a work-in-progress at the Au Contraire Film Festival in Montreal in October. This film festival is dedicated to films about mental illness. I am waiting to hear from Sundance to find out if showing the work-in-progress at Au Contraire will adversely affect my application because films accepted to Sundance have to be a world premiere.
In total we have raised about a third of the budget, or $200,000. We need to raise the remainder quickly and are looking into every viable avenue possible. Dewey Wigod has come on as producer after brokering the Artemis Grant. I implore you to consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the International Documentary Association, the fiscal sponsor of “That Way Madness Lies…” There are donation buttons throughout this site.
As I continue to work on this film, I become more encouraged that it can be the roadmap of the obstacles and contradictions that exist in the mental health system. Please consider a donation. Together we can help the most vulnerable of our society.