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Sandra Luckow's Documentary Opens December 14 in New York & Los Angeles

NYC & LA Press Screening Info Below

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First Run Features is proud to announce the theatrical premiere of That Way Madness Lies…, a new documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Sandra Luckow. The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 14, 2018.

What do you do when your brother descends into a black hole of mental instability – starting with falling for a Nigerian email scam but eventually winding up involuntary committed into the hospital made famous by One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

Luckow unflinchingly turns her camera on her own family as they attempt to navigate the broken mental health system in an effort to save her brother, Duanne. His iPhone video diary ultimately becomes an unfiltered look at the mind of a man with untreated schizophrenia as well as an indictment of how the system failed.

"The most honest portrayal of how severe mental illness ravages families and lives that I have seen. A powerful documentary."
- Pete Earley, Author of Crazy: A Father’s Search Through America’s Mental Health Madness

Press Screening Information

Los Angeles
Saturday, October 27th at 2:00pm
Laemmle Royal
11523 Santa Monica Blvd, 1st Floor,
Los Angeles, CA 90025

New York City
Tuesday, November 6th at 1:00pm
Village East Cinema
181-189 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003


"4/4 Stars. A compelling film, progressing with slow, constant pressure...
Duanne's self-shot videos are a rare glimpse into the horror of schizophrenia from a
first-person viewpoint. The result is intimate but expansive, speaking empathetically
to problems faced by thousands of American families."
-Willamette Week

"Watching 'That Way Madness Lies...' I was astounded by Luckow’s determination...
Central to the film is Duanne’s own footage, filmed on his iPhone. Over the course of a year, he recorded videos reflecting his growing paranoia in the year leading up to his diagnosis and hospitalization.Through this footage, the film provides a rare first-person account of schizophrenia."
-Columbia Spectator

Filmmaker Bio

SANDRA LUCKOW began her filmmaking career as an undergraduate at Yale University. Sharp Edges, her BA thesis, won the Louis Sudler Prize in the Performing and Creative Arts. This intimate portrait of a fifteen year old figure skater from Luckow’s home town named Tonya Harding received world-wide attention 8 years later when scandal broke before the 1994 Lilihammer Olympics. In 2017, it became the visual basis for the feature, I, TONYA and Allison Janney's Academy Award winning performance as Mrs. Harding.

Luckow did her MFA graduate work at NYU Tisch School of the Arts Film School in writing and directing. She worked in casting at major Hollywood studios. She has shot for numerous reality television shows and documentaries that have taken her to China, Mexico, France, India, and Sundance. Her non-profit films, features (Belly Talkers) and shorts (World Within) have won numerous awards. She was named the 2018 NEA funded Artist-in-Residence at the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University. She has adapted a screenplay from a WWII memoir and is beginning work on a documentary about the artist Faith Ringgold as well as a film about Barbara Gordon, best-seller author of I’M DANCING AS FAST AS I CAN.

Luckow teaches both documentary and narrative film production at Yale, Barnard College, and Columbia. She has served as a juror for many festivals including, for eight years, head juror of the USA Film Festival Short Film and Video Competition, an Academy Award qualifier. She is a proud member of the Directors' Guild of America, The International Documentary Association and New York Women in Film and Television.


Directed and Written by Sandra Luckow  Produced by Sandra Luckow  Co-Produced by Dewey Wigod  Associate Produced by Stu Zakim  Executive Produced by Abigail Disney, Geryalyn Dreyfous & Regina K. Scully  Edited and Co-Written by Anne Alvergue  Cinematography by Sandra Luckow & Duanne Luckow  Original Music by Michael Bacon

101 minutes, color, 2018

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