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People Say I'm Crazy (2004) In People Say I'm Crazy , a fascinating and moving personal documentary, we meet a young artist named John Cadigan, who suffered a psychotic break… 2004-04-30 Unrated PT87M Documentary Palo Alto
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People Say I'm Crazy (2004)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

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People Say I'm Crazy | I ME MIND ''Crazy'' focuses on artist Cadigan's daily tug of war with mental illness
I ME MIND ''Crazy'' focuses on artist Cadigan's daily tug of war with mental illness
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Apr 30, 2004; Rated: Unrated; Length: 87 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Palo Alto

In People Say I'm Crazy, a fascinating and moving personal documentary, we meet a young artist named John Cadigan, who suffered a psychotic break in his early 20s and has been coping with its symptoms ever since. Plump and bearded, Cadigan looks like a melancholy Kevin Smith. As he goes about his days in a Bay Area boardinghouse, he gives us a running commentary on what's sliding around in his mind -- the paranoia and depression, the gruesome delusions that he is always working to keep at bay. Cadigan, who codirected the film, never regards his schizophrenia as less than a spiritual aspect of his being, so his struggle to transcend it is far from clinical. A gifted printmaker who carves intricate patterns out of wood, often with a shadow demon running through them, he notes that the thrusting labor required of his art amounts to a daily sublimation of violence. ''People Say I'm Crazy'' doesn't defuse, or romanticize, the trauma of mental illness. It just humanizes it.

Originally posted May 19, 2004 Published in issue #767 May 28, 2004 Order article reprints