Rather than hide from her past, Mariel Hemingway has chosen to face her family history of mental illness with focus and deliberation. Tracing the family’s struggles back to her grandfather Ernest’s suicide, Mariel engages in a remarkable dialogue with esteemed filmmaker Barbara Kopple and is refreshingly forthcoming and reflective about her approach to mental health and her life. Through extended interviews and a magnificent array of family archival material, Mariel recounts her experiences and the bold steps she has taken to escape the fate of her genes. There is no approach she will not explore—diet, exercise, meditation, therapy. She speaks intimately about her own career as a model and actress, and perhaps most poignantly, about the tragic loss of her older sister, supermodel Margaux, who took her own life. The film sheds light on the personal side of a public story and shines a beacon on the dark subject of suicide and mental illness, with which so many individuals and families struggle.
The film starts at 10:10 am (running time 101 mins). I’m posting meetup times 30 minutes prior to film start as there will be lines, etc. This film is part of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, running that weekend from Thursday through Sunday. Individual tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased in advance beginning Mon Mar 25 at 11:00 am: https://store.fullframefest.org.
Afterwards, let’s head out for lunch and conversation.