That Way Madness Lies…" is a feature-length documentary about my brother Duanne Luckow’s mental decline into severe paranoid schizophrenia, and the dynamics and destruction of a family where creative chaos was prized. The film uses first-person iPhone video of Duanne’s psychosis as the backbone of the film’s narrative. Interviews and verite moments with family, first-responders, legal experts, and mental health professionals are the connective tissue that weave together the story.
That Way Madness Lies, a film produced by award-winning documentarian and Yale alumna Sandra Luckow, who currently teaches film production at the Yale School of Art and serves as production director for the Yale Summer Film Institute. She is well-known both for her documentary Sharp Edges, which won the Louis Sudler Prize in the Creative and Performing Arts, and her documentary film Belly Talkers, which premiered at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.
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…That Way Madness Lies.
My name is Sandra Luckow and I need your help to continue my ascent into "Madness."
You think it can’t possibly happen to you or anyone you care about. And, certainly, if fate dealt such a blow, it would be more manageable in the shadows. But the odds are not in your favor. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 or older–or about one in four adults – suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. Even though mental disorders are widespread in the population, the main burden of illness is concentrated in a much smaller portion of about 6 percent, or 1 in 17 who suffer from a serious mental illness. In addition, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada for ages 15-44. (The Kim Foundation)
“That Way Madness Lies”… (a line from “King Lear,” Act III, Scene IV) is a feature-length documentary film about my brother’s rare late-onset paranoid schizophrenia told, in-part, from his point-of-view with a collection of iPhone video clips he made before being committed to 180 days at the Oregon State Hospital in Portland. His illness has been an unpredictable, hellish journey through a landscape including his friends and family.