“Crownsville Hospital: From Lunacy to Legacy” (E-136)

This week, John and Tim sit down with producer and director, R. Todd Stevens, creator of “Crownsville Hospital: From Lunacy to Legacy” , a feature-length documentary film highlighting the history of the Crownsville State Mental Hospital in Crownsville, MD. Drawing on many documentary works such as “The Thin Blue Line” and “Night and Fog” for inspiration, the film utilizes archival footage, animation and original music to unfold the story and evoke a mood.

Both exterior and interior present-day footage and photos have been combined with exterior/interior archival footage and photos to capture the changes to the hospital through its 96-year lifespan. In addition, interviews with historians and former hospital workers as well as patients help to round out the experience.

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