This Mental Health Doc-Opera is Exactly What We Need


From HuffPost: Mental health activist and filmmaker Ken Paul Rosenthal has teamed up with the musician Madigan Shive to create a musical documentary called Whisper Rapture: A Bonfire Madigan Suite.

Whisper Rapture: A Bonfire Madigan Suite¬†is a visionary¬†music and mental health doc-opera¬†about cellist-vocalist Madigan Shive‚Äôs journey from¬†traumatized youth to virtuoso musician¬†and pioneering mental health activist. Her childhood conversations with a fantasy companion named ‚ÄėWhisper‚Äô and her adult experiences with¬†hearing voices and suicidal despair¬†are channeled into¬†avant-garde pop, punk-influenced chamber music,¬†and a progressive healing culture that transcends the restrictive pathologies of mainstream psychiatry.¬†Images from natural and urban environments¬†illuminate six of Madigan‚Äôs original compositions. Each song is interspersed with her radical views on managing madness and her path towards¬†wellness through making music.”

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