Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution 12/1, 2:00pm, 108 min
On June 17, 1967, at the age of seventeen, Lucy Winer was committed to the female violent ward of Kings Park State Hospital following a series of failed suicide attempts. Over 30 years later, now an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Winer returns to Kings Park for the first time since her discharge. Her journey back sparks a decade-long effort to face her past and learn the story of the now abandoned institution that once held her captive. Meetings with other former patients, their families, and the hospital staff, reveal the painful legacy of the state hospital system and the crisis left by its demise.
Lucy Winer has been directing and producing award-winning documentaries for over 30 years. Committed throughout her career to issues of social concern, her directing credits include Greetings from Washington D.C., Rate It X, Silent Pioneers, Positive: Life with HIV, and Golden Threads. Her films have been featured at numerous festivals and have received many awards, among them: Outstanding Film of the Year from the London Film Festival, a Golden Plaque from the Chicago International Film Festival, a CINE Golden Eagle and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Picture.