Excerpts of personal narrative by Jacks McNamara from the documentary, “Crooked Beauty”; a poetic chronicle ofÂ herÂ transformative journey from psych ward patient to pioneering mental health advocacy. TheÂ film supports McNamaraâ€™s voice with an evocative, original music scoreÂ and stunning blackÂ and white cinematographyÂ by San Francisco-based filmmaker,Â Ken Paul Rosenthal.
“Crooked Beauty will screenÂ with 12 other films during the SuperfestÂ Disability Film Festival the weekend of June 17-19, 2011.
Jacks McNamara is a genderqueer artist, writer, activist, and co-founder ofÂ The Icarus Project, a mutual aid support network andÂ media projectÂ by and for people struggling with dangerousÂ gifts commonly labeled as “mental illnesses.”Â A survivor ofÂ childhood trauma andÂ substance abuse, Jacks wasÂ diagnosed bipolar in 1999, and thrown into a dehumanizing system of labels and pathology thatÂ did not provide aÂ framework for becoming whole. Her healing path includesÂ zen practice, alternatives to western medicine,Â gardening,Â and building community through grassroots activism.
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