Mariel Hemingway is sharing her life-long struggles with mental illness, drug addiction, and family suicide (seven relatives — including one of the most influential writers in American history, her grandfather Ernest Hemingway — have committed suicide) in her new documentary, Running from Crazy.
The 51-year-old model and actress teamed up with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple (Harlan County, USA; American Dream) to create a film that “places an emphasis on suicide awareness and the importance of mental health evaluations” and one that, the two hope, “offers hope for people living with mental illness by showing that they are not alone in their struggles.”
Back in February, Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper teamed up with former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy to do a press conference on the movie industry’s progress toward “removing stigma of mental illness.”
(If you remember, the DBSA named Kennedy, who was the author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity & Addiction Equity Act of 2008 and co-founder of One Mind for Research, an honorary advisory board member back in 2012.)
Glenn Close launched Bring Change 2 Mind because she has a personal connection to mental illness; her sister, Jessie, has bipolar disorder. Joey Pantoliano launched because he manages what he calls brain “dis-ease.” Most of us admire these celebrities for being so open about such stigmatized conditions and advocating for awareness, research, and acceptance.
However, not everyone is comfortable with celebrities taking on advocacy roles — especially those celebrities who don’t have any personal experience with mental illness — and that is exactly what Bradley Cooper has done during his global Q&A sessions about Silver Linings Playbook and mental health.
Despite the 17-year album-making hiatus he took after his 1995 album Wonderful, Adam Ant has been around for longer than some of you, I’m willing to bet.
Yet, most of you are probably somewhat familiar with the former frontman of Adam and the Ants. His 1982 hit “Goody Two Shoes” launched his solo career into serious MTV orbit, and he hit the Top 40 several more times before taking the extended break.
So, what happened?
UPDATE: 2/25/2013: The Oscars winners are in, and although Silver Linings Playbook didn’t fare as well as some people predicted (Peter Travers not included), the lovely, though not very graceful, Jennifer Lawrence did leave with the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Congratulations Jennifer!
UPDATE: 2/24/2013: I finally watched Silver Linings Playbook over the weekend, and I loved it. Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman was spot on when he said the film portrays mental illness in “natural and poignant terms.” Nothing seems forced, cliche, or – above all – stigmatizing. I highly recommend it. Highly.
OSCARS 2013 UPDATE: Peter Travers, movie critic for Rolling Stone, has released his 2013 Oscar predictions in a video, which I won’t suggest you watch because, frankly, it’s exhausting.
So, because I love you more, here’s a run-down:
Travers predicts and/or suggests:
So, how about you, readers? Have you seen Silver Linings Playbook? Do you think the actors, director, and film itself will receive more love than Travers predicts?
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