Directed by Michael Gitlin (USA, 2015, 83 min.). Open Captions.
A community of painters, sculptors, musicians, and writers make work at the Living Museum, an art space on the grounds of a large state-run psychiatric facility in Queens. Shot over the course of two years and structured across the arc of a day, the film observes with an intimate lens and unspools like a musical, both bracing and tender. It explores the liberation and healing that creativity can offer those drawn together by shared struggle. It points to a more humane and holistic approach to mental illness, and to the joy of transforming society itself.
Free tickets are available in person at the MFA, or at mfa.org beginning at 10 am on Sunday April 2. Tickets also available by phone, but a $6 processing fee applies: 1-800-440-6975.