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’s journey from traumatized youth to virtuoso musician and pioneering mental health activist. Her childhood conversations with a fantasy companion named ‘Whisper’ 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’s 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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