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After Duanne Luckow begins a scary, dangerous and ever-escalating cycle of arrests, incarcerations, mental institutional stays—including Oregon State Hospital (the setting of ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST)—and with an inability to aid and assist in his own defense, he is released onto the streets without a plan. Until a court orders it, he exercises his right to refuse treatment. HIPPA laws, intended to protect his privacy, inadvertently cut off his most ardent advocates from access to him, leaving him vulnerable to an overburdened system. Serendipitous events and coincidences gave documentary filmmaker Sandra Luckow access to intimate and illuminating footage because Duanne is her brother. With their cameras, the two expose both an ineffectual and inhumane system and themselves.
Q&A with director Sandra Luckow and associate producer (and Montclair resident) Stu Zakim to follow.