FOR THE INCURABLE INSANE is a two-hour documentary film composed of empathy, anger, cruelty, and hope. Offering insight to the social issues surrounding long-term mental illness and treatment, the film looks at the intimate history of the old Peoria State Hospital abandoned in Bartonville, Illinois. At the turn of the century, the Peoria State Hospital was opened in 1902 as the Illinois Asylum for the Incurable Insane. Revolutionary in its day, this documentary examines the history of the treatment of the mentally ill in America and how this asylum was changing the game. Dating back to the mid-1800s, asylums were sparse and insane family members were locked away, usually hidden from the public. Some still believed in witchcraft, the devil and hexes, and all of the folklore that went along with the ignorance of what mental illness truly was. Remembering the forgotten stories of previous patients and employees, FOR THE INCURABLE INSANE admires the life’s work of Dr. George Zeller and questions our current broken mental health system.

  • Janette Marie
  • Janette Marie
  • Hans Parent
    Music Composer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 57 minutes 13 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Janette Marie

I started college as a Marine Biology major but quickly learned that I wanted to study film and earned my BA in Cinema and Photography in 2007. Long before I decided to pursue the arts, I was always interested in photography. Even in high school, with me, I brought my film cameras and video camera nearly everywhere. All these years later, it makes sense that I'd end up going into filmmaking. FOR THE INCURABLE INSANE is my first documentary and I plan to make many more as well as fictional films and music videos.

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