From October 9th through 12th, 2014, Mad in America will be hosting its first International Film Festival at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA. Our mission is to foster the pursuit of social justice and human rights by bringing together an international collective of voices, perspectives, and artistic presentations that challenge the current mental health system and explore alternative understandings of “mental illness.”
The Festival Line-up
We have confirmed participants coming from across the United States, England, Ireland, Iceland, Sweden, and Canada, all of whom share a commitment to mental health alternatives. We are pleased to be bringing Elizabeth Kenny’s highly acclaimed one-woman play, SICK, to our Festival, and we will have a live musical performance from Dylan Tighe, an up-and-coming Irish singer-songwriter who’s written an album about his experiences of conventional psychiatric treatment. Our days will be full of films, speakers, and panels, and we will have an opening night cocktail party, as well as a closing night Gala dinner and Awards Ceremony with music, great food, and lots of fun.
Tickets now on sale!
Tickets are now available for purchase through our website here, and we are offering great Early Bird prices through July 31st. Available for purchase will be a four-day Festival Pass for $125, which includes all films, all speakers and panels, all live performances, and all social events, as well as one-day tickets for $30 (a one-day ticket for the full Sunday, including Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, is $50).
Travel and Lodging
We’ve also posted information on our website about travel and lodging to make it easier for those coming from afar. As the fall is busy tourist season, we encourage you to book your accommodations as early as possible!
Since our launch in January 2012, Mad in America has remained a grassroots organization run solely on the donations of our readers and community members, and your generosity has meant a great deal to us. In order to finance this Festival, we are continuing to rely on such grassroots funding. If you would like to support the festival with a donation of any amount, your name will be listed in the Festival program alongside our individual and organization sponsors. If you’d like to become a sponsor, please see our ‘Become a Sponsor’ page for more information.
We intend to use a part of your donations to set up a scholarship fund for those who would like to attend the festival, but are unable to do so because of the expense. We will award the scholarships through a lottery program.
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Mad in America’s International Film Festival
October 9th-12th, 2014
Regent Theatre, Arlington, Massachusetts, USA