Oh, Penny! Pictures, LLC. presents PILLARS OF MADNESS, an eight-part documentary film series about the evolution of psychiatry in America. In 1843, the American nation made its first attempt, of many, to answer the question of how to properly care for the mentally ill. Our story begins in Central New York in the Mohawk Valley, the site of the New York State Lunatic Asylum at Utica. The construction of the hospital marks a convergence of medicine, philosophy, politics, science and engineering . The asylum, dubbed “Old Main” would be known to the medical profession and to historians as the “model institution”.
WORKS (Show Poster Image #1) – The title of the show, WORKS, was chosen for its dual meaning. “Works”, chosen for its biblical context as faith expressed through the spiritual and corporal acts of mercy, and “works” the slang term for the instruments by which an addiction is fed.