KINGS PARK: Stories From an American Mental Institution.
Set to World Premiere at 2011 Woodstock Film Festival
(Woodstock, NY) Sept. 16, 2011:
Making its worldwide premiere Sept. 22, 3:15pm at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, “Kings Park” is the story of one woman’s courage, as she visits her now abandoned “home,” wanders the decrepit halls, and begins a ten-year quest to face her past.
"The Woodstock Film Festival has great standing among independent filmmakers," said Winer. It's an honor to premiere our documentary, 'Kings Park,' at Woodstock. "
The film sheds light on the nation’s past and current mental healthcare crisis, captures the eerie legacy and spirit of the moldering hospital, and gives it, and its ex-patients, a voice. “Kings Park” is a fascinating and highly compelling look at both the past and the present state of “warehousing people.”
“The goal of ‘Kings Park’ is to educate, agitate and cause us to dig deep,” states director Winer. “ More than a call to create increased services and better systems, ‘Kings Park’ challenges us to face our fears and limiting beliefs about mental illness and mental health. Made by an “insider,” ‘Kings Park’ invites viewers to open up and share their experiences. The power of this film lies in the connections it draws between the hopes & failures of the past and the challenges of the present, as well as the balance it creates between an intensely personal story and the pressing concerns of public mental health care in this country today.”
Lucy Winer has been directing and producing award-winning documentaries for over 30 years. Committed to issues of social concern. Winer's work has been distributed theatrically, broadcast nationally, and featured at festivals including Woodstock, Sundance and Berlin.
TICKETS AND LOGISTICS
The Box Office, located at 13 Rock City Rd, is open Wednesday-Sunday from noon-6pm through Sept. 17; it will be open every day from 9am-7pm, starting Sept. 18 through the last day of the festival, Sunday, Sept. 25. Ticket prices for WFF events range from $5-$75. Panels are $15. Concerts range from $20-$25. There are also a limited number of tickets available for the Gala Honorary Maverick Awards Ceremony. A limited number of special Full Festival Passes are available for purchase. Single purchase tickets will also be available at each screening and concert venue.
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About the Woodstock Film Festival:
Hailed by Indiewire as "A true American Maverick Among Fests" and praised by actor Ethan Hawke as "among the finest of a dying breed: a festival that isn't trying to sell you anything, but simply and beautifully celebrating the art & craft of filmmaking", the Woodstock Film Festival premiers exceptional films, hosts the most talented emerging and established professionals in the movie industry; presents
A-list concerts, panels and parties, and creates stimulating, innovative programming year-round.
The Woodstock Film Festival is a non-profit, 501c3 with a mission to present an annual program and year-round schedule of film, music and art-related activities that promote artists, culture, inspired learning and diversity.
The Woodstock Film Festival celebrates its 12th Annual Festival September 21- 25, 2011, with an extraordinary line-up of fiercely independent films, panels, concerts and special events in Woodstock and the neighboring towns of Rhinebeck, Kingston and Rosendale.