|MIND/GAME: THE UNQUIET JOURNEY OF CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW|
|Crew: ||Cinematography: Pete Wages, Vicente Franco - Editing: Rick Goldsmith - Screenplay: Rick Goldsmith and Sharon Wood - Music: Miriam Cutler|
She was hailed as the "female Michael Jordan." A 3-time NCAA champion and Number One draft pick in the WNBA, Chamique Holdsclaw seemed destined for a spectacular pro career-until her long-suppressed battle with mental disorders emerged to derail her career and threaten her life. Mind/Game intimately chronicles Holdsclaw's athletic accomplishments and personal setbacks and her decision, despite public stigma, to become an outspoken mental health advocate. Even then, she would face unexpected, nearly crushing challenges to her own recovery. The film, narrated by Glenn Close, presents a powerful story of someone struggling to come to grips with mental illness.
Rick Goldsmith is a twice-Academy-Award-nominated filmmaker, most recently for The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. His documentary films address important social issues, have been broadcast nationwide and internationally, and are used in high schools, colleges, universities and by activist and community organizations in the U.S. and throughout the world.
My uncle endured 60 years of schizophrenia that began when he was in the Navy during World War II. He was a gentle soul, a creative artist and musician, but interacted little with others and lived a life of inner turmoil. Aside from medication, he got very little help. I always wondered, why?