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BEDLAM: Film Screening and Panel

Saturday, May 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Join NAMI Central Texas as we come face-to-face with America's mental health crisis through the intimate stories of doctors, patients, and families.

Sign up to receive a code to watch BEDLAM (you'll have 48 hours between May 13, 5 pm - May 15, 5 pm to view the film) and join us for a virtual panel discussion to learn about the film and the progress and challenges of mental health treatment and care in Central Texas. We will specifically look at mental health in the criminal justice system.


An Intimate Journey Into America's Mental Health Crisis

BEDLAM, directed and produced by psychiatrist and award-winning documentarian Dr. Kenneth Paul Rosenberg (WHY AM I GAY?: STORIES OF COMING OUT IN AMERICA; BACK FROM MADNESS; DRINKING APART), explores the historical, political, and economic forces that have brought about the greatest social crisis of the twenty-first century while weaving in Rosenberg’s personal journey which was profoundly impacted by a family member with a serious mental illness.

Filmed over five years, BEDLAM brings us inside one of America’s busiest psychiatric emergency rooms, into jails where psychiatric patients are warehoused, and into the homes – and homeless encampments – of members of our communities with serious mental illness, where silence and shame often compound personal suffering.

With Panelists

Dr. Kenneth Paul Rosenberg

Director and Producer, BEDLAM

Dr. Kenneth Paul Rosenberg has been making award-winning documentaries since medical school. While a medical student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, he also studied film at NYU. He co-produced and co-directed (with Ruth Neuwald Falcon) AN ALZHEIMER’S STORY, a film about living with Alzheimer’s Disease, filmed over the course of eighteen months. Ajer his residency in Psychiatry at the Payne-Whitney Clinic at New York Presbyterian Hospital, he did a Fellowship in Public Health, during which he directed and produced THROUGH MADNESS, a film on serious mental illness, for PBS. While a practicing psychiatrist and faculty member at Cornell Medical Center, Ken produced and directed films for HBO, including WHY AM I GAY?: STORIES OF COMING OUT IN AMERICA (Oscar Documentary Feature Shortlist), BACK FROM MADNESS, and DRINKING APART, and executive produced CANCER: EVOLUTION TO REVOLUTION (Peabody Award-winner). He is also the editor of medical textbooks and author of popular books including BEDLAM which was published by Avery/Penguin Random House.

Melissa McRoy Shearer, LBSW, JD

Travis County Mental Health Public Defender

Melissa McRoy Shearer, LBSW, JD leads the Travis County Mental Health Public Defender (MHPD), which she joined when it was established in 2007.  The office provides legal representation and ongoing intensive case management services to individuals facing criminal prosecution while experiencing poverty, serious mental health, neurocognitive, intellectual, and developmental disabilities.    Shearer actively serves on a number of boards, committees and workgroups to empower, advocate for, and improve the treatment of people whose humanity has been historically devalued in our society.  She is a frequent consultant and presenter on best practices for zealous advocacy and support of individuals with multiple disabilities.  Shearer is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Social Work (’97) and the University of Colorado School of Law (’02).

Stephen M. Strakowski, MD

Dell Medical School, University of Texas in Austin

Stephen M. Strakowski, MD, is Vice Dean of Research and Associate Vice President, Regional Mental Health at the Dell Medical School, University of Texas in Austin. He is also Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Educational Psychology at UT. Dr. Strakowski graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BSE in 1984 and alpha omega alpha from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with an MD in 1988. He completed his residency training at McLean Hospital/Harvard University School of Medicine in 1992. Upon completing residency, he moved to the University of Cincinnati where he remained until moving to the University of Texas. Dr. Strakowski is an internationally recognized and trusted expert in the study and treatment of bipolar and other mood disorders. His research group has been a world leader studying the treatment, outcomes and neurobiology of these conditions. He is recognized as a Best Doctor and by US News and World Report as a Top 1% Psychiatrist. He maintains an active clinical practice and research career.

Maggie Luna

Texas Criminal Justice Coalition

Luna is a peer policy fellow at the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, where she uses her lived experience as a formerly incarcerated woman to advocate for change. Co-founder of The Statewide Leadership Council, a group of system impacted advocates across Texas. During the 2019 legislative session — just a year after her release from prison — Maggie spoke up for women’s dignity bills and convinced lawmakers to support prison reforms that will help women. This session Maggie also helps the Statewide Leadership Council elevate the voices of system-impacted people in crafting local and state policy. A graduate of the Smart Justice Speakers Bureau at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Luna hopes to continue to lift the voices of those most impacted.

Josh Hinkle - Moderator


Josh Hinkle is the Director of Investigations & Innovation at KXAN, Austin’s NBC TV station, leading a duPont and IRE Award-winning investigative team on multiple platforms. He also leads KXAN’s political coverage as the executive producer and host of “State of Texas,” a weekly program focused on the Texas Legislature and elections, seen in 14 markets statewide. In recent months, his work has highlighted mental health issues in the community and beyond, as he headed up projects on mass violence, school safety and also mental competency in jail. The latter – an investigation called “Locked in Limbo” – received statewide recognition from NAMI Texas with its 2020 Media Award.


Saturday, May 15
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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