“My Name is Alan and I Paint Pictures,” directed by Johnny Boston. Director of photography, Jarred Alterman; edited by Todd Drezner; music by Adam Balazs; released by Raw Media Network and Raw Films. At the Two Boots Pioneer Theater, 155 East Third Street, at Avenue A, East Village. Running time: 76 minutes. This film is not rated. In the NYTImes, film critic Matt Zoller Seitz reports that the film, which tells the story of schizophrenic painter Alan Russell Cowan, is about more than mental illness. “It’s ultimately a springboard for the movie’s lucid explanation of how creativity and mental illness interact within the brain. The film insists that there’s medical proof of art’s healing power — that with the right mix of medication, therapy and routines, schizophrenics with substance-abuse problems can make creativity their sole addiction.” Read more. Alan’s paintings will be on display in the theater.
In an earlier TCOP post, check out links to the movie’s press kit and trailer.