Film Workshop and Watch Party! – BEDLAM (Written and Directed by Ken Rosenberg)

Join us December 9th at 7PM EST for a Film Watch Party followed by “a meet the author” workshop with the writer and director of BEDLAM, Dr. Ken Rosenberg, Clinical Associate Professor at Cornell University. Dr. Rosenberg will be joined by a panel of experts including Dr. Lisa Goldfarb, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Daniel Gillison, Chief Executive Officer at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness).


About the Film and the Workshop

BEDLAM: A film and book about serious mental illness

AAAP members deal regularly with the issues of serious mental illness (SMI) and this workshop would show the Sundance Film Festival and PBS film BEDLAM and review the biological, social and psychological aspects of SMI.

To get to the bottom of the current mental health crisis in the U.S., BEDLAM chronicles the personal, poignant stories of those suffering from serious mental illness, including my own family, to bring to light to this epidemic and possible solutions. Shot over the course of five years, Bedlam takes viewers inside Los Angeles County’s overwhelmed and vastly under-resourced psych ED, a nearby jail warehousing thousands of psychiatric patients, and the homes — and homeless encampments — of people affected by severe mental illness, where silence and shame often worsen the suffering.

BEDLAM follows the lives of four patients in particular who find themselves with a chronic lack of institutional support while weaving in my own story of how the system failed my late sister, Merle, and her battle with schizophrenia. Featuring interviews with experts, activists, individuals living with a mental illness, and their families, Bedlam builds on historical footage and commentary related to mental health, exploring the rise of this issue on a national scale in the mid- and late 20th century.

Learn more about BEDLAM here:

Authored and presented by:
Ken Rosenberg, MD, Cornell University; Kevin Sevarino, MD, Yale University School of Medicine and President of AAAP; Lisa Goldfarb, MD, NYU Langone Medical Center; Daniel Gillison, CEO, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)