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Mariel Hemingway "Running from Crazy"

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Director Barbara Kopple and Mariel Hemingway discuss their documentary "Running from Crazy," which focuses on Mariel Hemingway,  granddaughter of the legendary writer Ernest, as she explores her family's long history of mental illness and suicide. Mariel advocates for suicide prevention and strives to live a rigorously healthy lifestyle. "Running from Crazy" is playing in New York at the Angelika Film Center.

Guests:

Mariel Hemingway and Barbara Kopple

Comments [2]

Donald J. Sepanek from Bayonne, NJ

Instead of "gene", I wish she had used the term "trait" which is less quasi-scientific. (Though no less dubious) Loved her comment about "illness" vs "wellness" though.

Nov. 06 2013 03:39 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

What bothers me about this is that the Hemingway family derived its noteworthiness because of Grandpa Ernest's ability to write (and its notoriety from his drinking and reprehensible behavior). Now they are known for their propensity for addiction and suicide. Is that a sufficient reason for them to remain in the spotlight? I feel sorry for them, but unless someone in that family does something positive for this society or enlightens us or entertains us, I don't know that we need to dwell on them. There seems to be no further spark of genius in the line, just an overabundance of neuroses.

Nov. 06 2013 03:01 PM

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