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.



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.


Would you like to share your story of recovery? Check out:

It Get’s Brighter
Bring Change 2 Mind
NAMI: Not Alone
I Got Better
I’m Good

Do you need support for yourself or someone close to you? Check out:

United States

NAMI Information Helpline: 1 (800) 950-NAMI
: 1-800-662-HELP
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
Shamanic Practitioners

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. 


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!


Donate Button with Credit Cards

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.


From the entire CRAZYWISE team, our gratitude to every Backer who supported us during our 2014 Kickstarter campaign and our 2015 Online Fundraising Campaign!