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Conversation with Filmmaker Lynn Cunningham of “Medicating Normal”

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

“Medicating Normal,” a documentary feature film about the overprescribing of psychiatric drugs, premiers at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 16th and 17th. We had the distinct privilege to speak with two of the filmmakers this week.

In part one of our two-part series, D had a wonderful conversation with director/producer Lynn Cunningham. Lynn candidly shares the struggles and successes of making this film, the inspiration behind it, and the insights gained from their private screenings and panels.

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00:57 Introduction

05:18 INTERVIEW: Lynn Cunningham

50:08 Moment of Peace



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BIO - Lynn Cunningham

Lynn began her filmmaking career editing films in the late 1980s and 1990s, for PBS, Middlemarch Films, Michael Blackwood, and the History Channel. Editing credits include: Walter Reuther and the Rise of the Auto Workers’ Union, a one-hour documentary for American Experience, Behind the Scenes, a children’s series about the arts for PBS, as well as Butoh: Body on the Edge of Crisis, Tadao Ando, and Mel Bochner: Thought Made Visible.

In the late 1990s, as an Asahi Shimbun fellow, Lynn directed and produced A Quiet Revolution: The Emergence of Alternative Education in Japan, about Japan’s ‘School Refusal’ movement, that won the 1997 Japan Times Award for films and videos about Japan. Lynn holds a BA in Architecture from Yale University in 1983.


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