Film Review: Self Medicated: A Film About Art

Posted By admin on December 4, 2017 5:30pm

By Kerby Pierre
“Self Medicated: A Film About Art” by Ethan H. Minsker is rare and intriguing documentary. It has a interesting way of being a documentary. With no voice over narration just the interviews driving the story it becomes a daringly controversial film about the people on the outside of society. The film centers self-proclaimed outcasts and gets their perspective on art and the world they live in. Jumping fro, artist to artist the audience gets a real sense of being a outsider from many different point of views. Each artist being interviewed were from different parts of the country and even other countries but the film highlights the sense of unity between them all because group: “Antagonists” banned together to make art.

Although the film is a documentary it has a organized narrative structure to it. The film deals with touchy subject matter like drug abuse and depression within the community of loners. This is a running theme throughout the piece unifying the artist almost turning them into characters in a film. The film deals heavily with the title, discussing art and most of all how the artist use art as a form of self-medication. Art is a crucial part of these character’s lives but more importantly it’s how they survive.

Self Medicated: A Film About Art is an Official Selection for the 2015 New York City Independent Film Festival

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