Running from CrazyAbout the Film
Hopeful and heartbreaking, RUNNING FROM CRAZY opens with a vision of perfection: a blonde modeling in the wilderness. This particular pretty face, however, belongs to Mariel Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's youngest granddaughter, famous for her role in Woody Allen's MANHATTAN. Hemingway's family history of depression, substance abuse, and suicide is not limited to her legendary grandfather. Two-time Academy Award®-winner Barbara Kopple uses fascinating archival footage of the Hemingways to explore mental illness as one of the last American taboos and their struggle to heal while communicating honestly about the past.
About the Director
Barbara Kopple is a two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker. A director of documentaries, as well as narrative TV and film, her most recent project is the documentary RUNNING FROM CRAZY, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Barbara produced and directed HARLAN COUNTY, U.S.A. and AMERICAN DREAM, both winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Her other films include THE HOUSE OF STEINBRENNER, WOODSTOCK: NOW AND THEN, SHUT UP AND SING, HAVOC, A CONVERSATION WITH GREGORY PECK, MY GENERATION, WILD MAN BLUES, FALLEN CHAMP: THE UNTOLD STORY OF MIKE TYSON, and many more.
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