Crazy…or wise? The traditional wisdom of indigenous cultures often contradicts modern views about a mental health crisis. Is it a ‘calling’ to grow or just a ‘broken brain’? The documentary CRAZYWISE explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience. READ MORE
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Psychosis and Spiritual Awakening
During the production of CRAZYWISE and since its release we have interviewed many individuals who have spoken of a profound feeling of connection to everyone and everything during their psychological crisis. Several who have successfully navigated their crisis have awakened to a deeper sense of compassion and empathy and found more meaning, purpose and direction in their lives.
Through personal interviews CRAZYWISE Conversations will continue where the film left off by exploring the transcendent and healing potential of a psychological crisis, as well as the factors that can make the experience fearful and disabling. We will also be exploring other transformative events individuals have experienced, or intentionally initiated, to help deepen their connection to themselves, their fellow beings, and the natural world.
We are extremely grateful to those who have courageously shared some of their most vulnerable moments to help us all understand how we can bring more compassion, meaning and purpose into our lives.
The CRAZYWISE Team
We recently caught up with Ekhaya for this interview at a screening of CRAZYWISE in Tacoma, Washington. It’s hard...November 13, 2018
Maria Isabel, her husband Evan, and children were forced to leave their jobs and home in Nicaragua because of...November 1, 2018
Psychological Crises may or may not begin with transcendent feelings of connection, compassion or empathy. Speaking of her personal...August 25, 2018
Director & Executive Producer
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
Director & Executive Producer
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
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
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
Co-Producer, Digital Media Producer & Assistant Editor
During production and post-production, Sandy oversaw marketing, outreach, social media, crowdfunding, and the web presence for CRAZYWISE. 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
Co-Producer & Creative Director
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
Jason Reid, Producer, Editor: Jason is the principal and founder of 2R Productions where he is an award-winning editor, producer and director of independent documentaries, narrative shorts, music videos and commissioned corporate videos. He directed and produced the Emmy® Award-winning MAN ZOU: BEIJING TO SHANGHAI (2010), the Webby Award-winning SONICSGATE: REQUIEM FOR A TEAM (2009) and Webby honorees THE FINISH LINE and MR....View profile
Darren Lund, Editor: Darren is an editor and occasional cinematographer with over a decade of experience in filmmaking. His work includes award winning films and music videos such as SONICSGATE: REQUIEM FOR A TEAM (2009), MAN ZOU: BEIJING TO SHANGHAI (2010), K2: SIREN OF THE HIMALAYAS (2012), EVERGREEN: THE ROAD TO LEGALIZATION (2013), THE FINISH LINE (2014) and MR. IRRELEVANT...View profile
Consulting Story Editor
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
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, c/o Northwest Film Forum 1515 12th Ave., Seattle, WA 98122 . 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.