Cracking Up

People say laughter is the best medicine, but can it be used to treat severe mental illness? Exploring the therapy of laughter, Cracking Up provides a compelling view of how comedy can change the mind of an individual and the thoughts of a society.

Cracking Up follows the story of 11 courageous people who stand up for their mental health—literally! Using laughter as a form of therapy, counselor, comedian and author of The Happy Neurotic: How Fear and Angst Can Lead to Happiness and Success David Granirer trains these individuals who suffer from mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and manic depression, to confront their problems through stand-up comedy. While learning to laugh at themselves, they get to share their stories and address public stigma with an audience that has a lot to learn about mental disorders.

Giving a face to mental illness, this documentary introduces audiences to inspiring individuals, such as Michael Warren who has both bi-polar disorder and attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Michael couldn’t speak properly until he was a teenager, but it hasnt deterred him from his dream to become a stand-up comedian. Likewise, Paul Decarie suffered traumatic injury to his brain and spine after falling off a [...] continue the story

David Granirer’s take on Stigma

David Granirer doing stand-up comedy about the stigma people with mental illness face.

In Their Own Words 1 : Allan

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In Their Own Words 3: Robert

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FEMMEfille

When it was first released, the NO-anorexia ad campaign, brainchild of provocateur photographer Oliveri Toscani pushed the creative envelope, challenging the institutionalized silence in which anorexia had become ensconced by placing the tacit subject of disease behind the lens. Since then, Isabelle Caro, Oliveri’s model, an aspiring actress, has become a fixture within the world popular culture, drawing the attention audiences whose fascination with her exhibitionism, and self-destructive exploitation of her illness, continues to reach new heights. Firm and straightforward in her conviction, Isabell is the self-appointed poster-child of a widespread disease that remains all but hidden from public discourse. Harnessing the attention that’s descended on her, Isabell boldly reconciles her own condition with an invocation to confront the stigma of disease, as it currently exists in popular culture. Her body, her career, though tainted, becomes her sacrifice.