Directors Lounge Screening:
Crooked Beauty
Films by
Ken Paul Rausenthal

Ken Paul Rosenthal, filmmaker from San Francisco will present his films at Lichtblick, Berlin

Kastanienallee 77
10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg

Crooked Beauty (2010, 30 minutes)
This internationally acclaimed poetic documentary chronicles artist-activist Jacks McNamara’s transformative journey from psych ward inpatient to pioneering mental health advocacy. It is an intimate portrait of her intense personal quest to live with courage and dignity, and a powerful critique of standard psychiatric treatments. Poignant testimonials connect the fissures and fault lines of human nature to the unstable topography and mercurial weather patterns of the San Francisco Bay Area.

In Light, In! (2013, 12 minutes)
A haunting, visual essay about the awkward and angry junctures where our culture struggles to manage its emotional distress. Images recycled from 1950’s-era educational films are accompanied by original compositions by world-renowned cellist, Zoe Keating.

Director Bio
Ken Paul Rosenthal is a cinema artist and mental health advocate whose current work explores the geography of madness through the regenerative power of nature, urban landscapes, home movies, and archival footage from social hygiene films. His films are visually sensual, emotionally intelligent works of art that also function as tools for personal and societal transformation. His films, Crooked Beauty and In Light, In! have collectively won eighteen awards, screened in sixty film festivals, and been presented in person at dozens of peer support networks, universities, mental health symposium and community events worldwide.

Whisper Rapture: A Bonfire Madigan Suite

by Ken Paul Rosenthal

A cinematic symphony featuring new vocal & cello compositions by Bonfire Madigan Shive, visualized by filmmaker Ken Paul Rosenthal.

It takes many notes to make a song, and many images to make a film. Only when each element gathers around a common vision, can something compelling and beautiful be produced. 
Thanks to many of you, the poetic documentary film, Whisper Rapture: A Bonfire Madigan Suite, is well on its way towards meeting their Kickstarter pledge goal. But with just 10 days left in our campaign, we’re not quite there yet! For a humble $25 pledge, you can own a DVD of this cinematic rhapsody.
Madigan and Ken have presented social justice themed art and activism to many, many thousands of you over the years in all kinds of venues, from small clubs to concert halls, art centers to movie theatres, and college campuses to peer support-recovery communities. 

Please help them to continue making the soulful, transformative work we’ve enjoyed all these years.

ongoing  |  in exchange

Alan Smithee  |  Julia Murakami  Lost Masterpieces #1  (red) 2010

Michaela Nettell Beehive

Keith Sanborn US Energy of Delusion 2010

Patricia Shrigley UK  Grese, West, Atkins, Hindley, Ruda & England 2009

Tilman Kuentzel DE  Sonic Eye 2010

among others

Compressive Percussive by Scott Stark

Compressive/Percussive by Scott Stark

Urban Research Loop Program:

James George US what i remember 4min 36s 2010

Ken Paul Rosenthal US Arcs of Texture 6min

Scott Stark US Compressive/Percussive 18min. 2010

Yaron Lapid IL / UK Except in struggle, there is no more beauty  1min 18s 2009