FULL-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY COMING WINTER 2016!
Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous people often contradicts Western views about a mental health crisis. The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what we can learn from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive, transformative experience.
In a sense, this new project began long before today. It started while Phil was interviewing the shaman and...May 8, 2013
In 2012, out of curiosity and interest in meditation Phil began interviewing individuals who had been meditating. It just...May 15, 2013
During the first interview with Adam he shared the struggles he faced with 4 years of doctors, medicationsMay 20, 2013
More coming soon!
“Phil Borges’ and Kevin Tomlinson’s new documentary “CRAZYWISE’ is a game changer. It’s going to be an important step forward in starting the long overdue conversation on how we define and treat mental illness in America.”
– Rick Steves, Travel Writer & PBS TV, NPR Radio Host.
April 3, 2016 | INTERVIEW with Phil Borges on Eric Maisel’s Future of Mental Health Series
September 20, 2015 | RECORDED PRESENTATION: A Traditional Approach to “Mental Illness” by Phil Borges at TEDxSanJuanIsland
October 17, 2015 | RECORDED PRESENTATION: Tribal Approaches to Mental Health Treatment by Phil Borges at Thrive 2020
August 5, 2015 | INTERVIEW with Phil Borges on Fire it up with CJ
February 26, 2015 | AMERICA MEDITATING: CRAZYWISE – Rethinking Madness
January 27, 2015 | PSYCHOLOGY TODAY: CRAZYWISE – Rethinking Madness
August 15, 2014 | INTERVIEW with Phil Borges by Joel Lesses: Alternative Explorations into Psychosis, The Psyche, Shamanism and Healing
June 18, 2014 | KING 5 NEW DAY NORTHWEST: New documentary sparks global conversation about mental illness
June 18, 2014 | PRESS RELEASE: Filmmakers Phil Borges and Kevin Tomlinson have exceeded the fundraising goal of a $75,000 Kickstarter campaign for “CRAZYWISE: Rethinking Madness”…The campaign ends this Friday, June 20 at midnight Pacific Time. The filmmakers yesterday announced a “Stretch Goal” of $95,000 total to cover additional production and post costs including sound design, color correction, archival photos and footage licensing.
June 17, 2014 | MAD IN AMERICA: A Look at Madness Through the Lens of Culture
June 6, 2014 | OPEDNEWS: CRAZYWISE: Phil Borges Questions the World of Mental Health
May 28, 2014 | ENVISION THIS [AUDIO]: Director Phil Borges talks about exploring new interpretations of what Western society calls “Crazy” in upcoming documentary.
May 19, 2014 | PRESS RELEASE: Filmmakers Phil Borges and Kevin Tomlinson yesterday launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign and released a new extended trailer for “CRAZYWISE,” a documentary on alternative solutions to the current mental health crisis. The goal of the campaign is to raise $75,000 by June 20 for remaining production and post-production costs.
Phil Borges, has been documenting indigenous cultures and striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face for over 25 years. For his program, Stirring the Fire, Phil produced and filmed several short films, capturing the stories of women heroes and the issues they face all over the world, both as solo projects and in collaboration with organizations...View profile
Kevin Tomlinson, has been an independent Seattle-based producer, director and cinematographer for over 25 years. He has earned numerous Emmys and Tellys for his network news camerawork with NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, and Discovery. Kevin directed and co-produced the award-winning feature documentary, “Back to the Garden” which premiered at SIFF (2009) and at over 30 international film festivals, also...View profile
Eric Frith (producer, writer, director, editor) creates films that have screened at top festivals including Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), South by Southwest (SXSW), Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and many, many others around the world. These projects have received numerous awards and been acquired for distribution, both nationally and internationally, by Miramax, Dream Entertainment, Cinema Management Group,...View profile
Producer & Public Relations
Julee works on all aspects of scheduling, budgets and publicity and event coordination. For over 25 years Julee has been working with Phil Borges Studio, Inc. providing a variety of services that included talent and location scouting, negotiations of contracts and international travel arrangements. Previously on the board of Blue Earth Alliance and Bridges to Understanding, Julee now focuses...View profile
Producer & Researcher
Judy manages and produces programs for Heaven Scent Films and co-produced the award-winning feature documentary, “Back to the Garden.” As a lifelong fine artist she has exhibited her paintings created bronze sculpture for public installations, designed and produced recycled clothing and accessories through her company, Frim Fram Design and has received both private and public grants and commissions. Judy...View profile
Field Producer & Researcher
Debra joined our team at the end of 2012 when we shared our ideas about making a film together about healing. She brings to us her multi-disciplinary experiences as a painter, a poet, and a writer plus her passion for Depth Psychology while providing us with meaningful research, essential communication with our interviewees, and creative insight. Among many tasks,...View profile
Digital Media Producer & Assistant Editor
Sandy oversees many aspects of production, from marketing, social media and the web presence for CRAZYWISE, to online fundraising and distribution. A content manager for 10 years, Sandy is passionate about the power of social documentaries to allow us to see beyond our reality and expand our perceptions through common human emotions and experiences.View profile
As independent filmmakers, we have been 100% funded by individual donations and ask for your continued support to cover distribution and marketing of this film! All donations to CRAZYWISE are tax-deductible and eligible for matching funds through the Northwest Film Forum, a 501(c)3 organization. Click on the donate button to contribute online via PayPal. Thank you!
You can also send a check to: CRAZYWISE, PO Box 1247, Mercer Island, WA 98040. Please make the check out to the Northwest Film Forum and reference CRAZYWISE in the memo line of the check. Also, be sure to include your name and address to received your tax receipt from the Northwest Film Forum. For matching donations, please specify the Northwest Film Forum and, if possible, reference CRAZYWISE.
Would you like to share your story of recovery? Check out:
Do you need support for yourself or someone close to you? Check out:
NAMI Information Helpline: 1 (800) 950-NAMI
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
Mental Health America: Directory of Support Groups
National Empowerment Center: Directory of Consumer-Run Organizations
The Family Guide to Mental Health
Spiritual Emergence Network
Beyond the United States
MindFreedom International: Directory of Mental Health Alternatives
Spiritual Emergence Service – Canada: (604) 533 3545 (free helpline)
Spiritual Crisis Network – UK
Spiritual Emergence Network – Australia
Please note: CRAZYWISE is not affiliated with nor endorses any groups, programs, and providers. CRAZYWISE does not have any trained mental health professionals on staff. We encourage you to browse the organizations above and seek support for any mental health challenges you or someone close to you is experiencing.