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Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu



WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will screen CROOKED BEAUTY, a powerful documentary about creativity, empowerment and resiliency for those who have been labeled by the psychiatric community, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, in Eisenberg Social Hall in the Hanes Student Commons on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem.

The filmmaker, Ken Paul Rosenthal, will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions.

The screening is free and open to the public.

CROOKED BEAUTY is a poetic documentary that chronicles artist-activist Jacks McNamara’s transformative journey from psych ward patient to pioneering mental health advocate. 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.

CROOKED BEAUTY reshapes mental health stigmas and stereotypes into a new healing culture and political model for living with madness as a tool of creativity, inspiration and hope. For more information, see: www.crookedbeauty.com.

Ken Paul Rosenthal is an independent filmmaker, teacher, and mental health activist. His films weave personal and political narratives into natural and urban landscapes.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. UNCSA is located at 1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.