Kings Park: Stories from and American Mental Institution



The Fountain House Council on Training, Education and Advocacy hosted a benefit screening of Kings Park, a documentary by noted filmmakers Lucy Winer and Karen Eaton on June 20th at the SVA Theatre in NYC.

About the film: On June 21, 1967, at the age of 17, Lucy Winer was committed to the female violent ward of Kings Park State Hospital following a series of failed suicide attempts. Over 30 years later, now a veteran documentary filmmaker, Lucy returns to Kings Park for the first time since her discharge. Her journey back sparks a decade-long effort to face her past and learn the story of the now abandoned institution that once held her captive. Her meetings with other former patients, their families, and the hospital staff reveal the painful legacy of our state hospital system and the crisis left by its demise.
Following the screening, Howard Owens, Council Chair, lead a lively conversation addressing responses to this crisis and current opportunities for people living with mental illness.

The panel included:

  • Robert Bernstein, Bazelon Center
  • Kenn Dudek, Fountain House
  • Elizabeth Ford, MD, Bellevue Hospital Center
  • Vivian Palazzolo, Fountain House
  • Lucy Winer, Producer/Director


June, 8, 2012


SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York City

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