MENTAL STATES reveals the troubling reality of the criminalization of mental illness in North America. This is the story of Kane, a young musician with bipolar illness who suffered a psychotic episode leading him and his family down a very dark tunnel facing the justice system. Captured with a sensitive and poetic lens this film highlights the fight mentally ill people face when fear and stigma takes over the perception of the very people who should be protecting them. Prominent figures such as Mark Vonnegut, M.D., author and son of famous Kurt Vonnegut,(Slaughter House Five) and Mary Beth Pfeiffer author and NY Times journalist offer contrasting yet hopeful perspective on mental illness.
Directed by Isabelle Depelteau