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What People Are Saying About Kings Park

“When the credits ended and the house lights came on the audience sat in stunned silence.  After a few seconds there was a scattered applause, which grew into a thunderous roar.  Kings Park is an extraordinarily powerful film — or three films — superbly tiered with each poignant and insightful.”
Stewart Nusbaumer, Filmmaker Magazine

“A tour de force.  I have not seen anything as well made, as sensitive, nor as thoughtful.  It is beautiful cinematically and in terms of its emotional tone…a real masterpiece of personal storytelling and documentary film making.”
Howard H. Goldman, MD PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine

“Part personal memoir, part historical documentary, KINGS PARK is a brilliant exploration of the life and death of the state mental hospital. Lucy Winer treats a difficult subject with sensitivity, grace, and compassion.”
Nancy Tomes, Professor, Department of History, Stony Brook University. Author of The Art of Asylum-keeping: Thomas Story Kirkbride and the Origins of American Psychiatry

“…an illuminating and wonderful story of an institution and a person. This is a documentary with a message that both the public and mental health professions can learn from and appreciate.”
Gerald N. Grob, Henry E. Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine Emeritus, Rutgers University. Author of The Mad Among Us: A History of the Care of America’s Mentally Ill

“Lucy Winer revisits the phantoms of her adolescence in an era when psychiatric patients were warehoused, neglected, and abused.  As someone who lived a different version of that story, I can attest to the veracity, sensitivity and humanity of this profound, disturbing and deeply probing film.”
Mindy Lewis, Author of Life Inside: A Memoir

“Lucy Winer produced a film that required tremendous courage… It should be seen by all those who work with and care for the mentally ill and by all those who care about their future.”
Benjamin Sadock, MD, Menas S. Gregory Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

“A critically important project, especially in a time of budget cuts, negative media coverage and public fear of people with mental illness.”
Ellen Healion, Executive Director of Hands Across Long Island

“In Lucy Winerʼs moving and instructive film, her personal story ripples out across generations of patients and staff, connecting us to the indelible effects of a total 20th century institution. The contemporary mental health landscape supports communities of choice and recovery. We also rely on the criminal justice system to accommodate the social consequences of mental illness: poverty, homelessness, joblessness, social isolation. The viewer is compelled to reflect: where will we take this next?”
Mary Jane Alexander, Director, Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts

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