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J.S.  Kastner  Productions   NCR:  Not  Criminally  Responsible   Broadcast  Premiere  –  CBC   October  2013   GAT  PR  Press  Summary  


Interviews  completed     October  3             October  9       October  10                             October  16    

The  Globe  and  Mail  (Video)   Interviewed:  John  Kastner   Ottawa  Citizen   Interviewed:  John  Kastner,  Julie  Bouvier   Dork  Shelf   Interviewed:  John  Kastner   Next  Projection   Interviewed:  John  Kastner   CBC  Radio  Corner  Brook    -­‐  West  Coast  Morning   Interviewed:  John  Kastner     CBC  Radio  Gander  -­‐  Central  Morning   Interviewed:  John  Kastner  

  CBC  Radio  Winnipeg  -­‐  Information  Radio   Interviewed:  John  Kastner                 CBC  Radio  Cape  Breton    (Sydney)  -­‐  Information  Morning   Interviewed:  John  Kastner               CBC  Radio  Thunder  Bay  -­‐  Superior  Morning   Interviewed:  John  Kastner                 CBC  Radio  Windsor  -­‐  Windsor  Morning   Interviewed:  John  Kastner               CBC  Radio  -­‐  Saskatoon  Morning     Interviewed:  John  Kastner               CBC  Radio  Kelowna  -­‐  Daybreak  South     Interviewed:  John  Kastner            


CBC  Radio  Whitehorse  -­‐  A  New  Day           Interviewed:  John  Kastner               CBC  Radio  Victoria  -­‐  On  The  Island     Interviewed:  John  Kastner     October  17      

 

 

CBC  Radio  Quebec  City  -­‐  Quebec  AM   Interviewed:  John  Kastner  

  CBC  Radio  Sudbury    -­‐  Morning  North             Interviewed:  John  Kastner     CBC  Radio  Ottawa    -­‐  Ottawa  Morning                     Interviewed:  John  Kastner     CBC  Radio  Yellowknife    -­‐  The  Trailbreaker     Interviewed:  John  Kastner       CBC  Radio  Kitchener-­‐Waterloo   Interviewed:  John  Kastner     CBC  Radio  -­‐  Daybreak  North     Interviewed:  John  Kastner     CBC  Radio  Regina  -­‐  The  Morning  Edition   Interviewed:  John  Kastner     CBC  Radio  Kamloops  -­‐  Daybreak  Kamloops   Interviewed:  John  Kastner     CBC  Radio  Vancouver  -­‐-­‐The  Early  Edition   Interviewed:  John  Kastner     Sirius  XM  –  The  Ward  and  Al  Show   Interviewed:  John  Kastner     CJOB  Radio  Winnipeg  –  Interviewed  John  Kaster    


A  random  act  of  violence   Documentary  traces  the  roads  taken  by  a  Cornwall  stabbing   victim  and  the  stranger  who  wielded  the  knife      

BY  TONY  LOFARO,  OTTAWA  CITIZEN  OCTOBER  14,  2013   http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/random+violence/9034883/story.html    

  Julie  Bouvier  lay  in  a  pool  of  blood  at  a  Cornwall  shopping  mall,  thinking  her  life  was  over.     It  was  Oct.  7,  1999,  and  Bouvier  had  been  stabbed  several  times  in  broad  daylight  by  a  stranger  who   attacked  her  at  the  door  of  a  Walmart  in  front  of  numerous  witnesses.  She  was  22  and  about  to  be   married.     The  stranger,  Sean  Clifton,  then  31,  was  a  loner  with  a  troubled  family  life.  He  was  bullied  at  school  and   found  it  hard  to  meet  girls.     Clifton  was  later  diagnosed  as  a  paranoid  schizophrenic  with  an  obsessive  compulsive  disorder.  He  had   waited  in  the  mall  parking  lot  for  the  next  pretty  girl  to  walk  by.  Bouvier  was  the  one  he  randomly  chose.    

 


“I  felt  like  he  had  punched  me.  I  happened  to  look  down  and  that’s  when  I  noticed  the  blood  and  at  that   point  I  knew  I  had  been  stabbed,”  an  emotional  Bouvier  recounts  in  the  documentary  NCR:  Not  Criminally   Responsible.     The  documentary,  by  Emmy-­‐winning  Canadian  filmmaker  John  Kastner,  tells  the  story  of  two  strangers   bound  forever  by  a  random  act  of  violence.  It  airs  Thursday  at  9  p.m.  on  CBC’s  Doc  Zone.  A  longer  version   will  be  shown  Oct.  20  on  CBC’s  Documentary  Channel.     NCR  makes  a  gentle  plea  for  the  rehabilitation  of  people  suffering  from  mental  illness.     The  documentary  has  been  praised  by  mental  health  professionals  and  lawyers,  as  well  as  by  psychiatrists   at  last  month’s  Canadian  Psychiatric  Association  meeting  in  Toronto.  It  features  interviews  with  Bouvier,   her  parents,  Clifton,  his  doctors  and  police  and  includes  scenes  shot  inside  the  Brockville  Mental  Health   Centre,  which  rarely  allows  the  kind  of  access  that  Kastner  was  able  to  get  from  hospital  officials.     “Like  so  many  of  these  schizophrenics  who  become  ill,  Sean’s  very  intelligent  and  could  have  had  a   wonderful  life  if  he  hadn’t  got  ill,”  said  Kastner.  “He  probably  would  have  been  a  teacher.”     Bouvier  doesn’t  remember  much  of  the  attack.     “I  remember  falling  to  the  ground  and  thinking  to  myself  if  I  fall  maybe  he’ll  stop.  I  didn’t  move,  I  just   wanted  to  kind  of  play  dead  so  that  he  wouldn’t  hurt  me  anymore,”  she  said.     Clifton,  however,  continued  his  assault.  Bouvier  suffered  severe  knife  wounds  to  her  hand,  back  and  legs   and  required  extensive  surgery.  

  Bouvier’s  parents  have  met  Clifton  and  forgiven  him.  Clifton  has  written  Bouvier  a  letter  of  apology  which   she  reads  on  camera  in  the  documentary,  and  has  accepted  his  remorse.   But  while  her  parents  have  spoken  to  Clifton,  Bouvier  says  she’s  not  ready  to  meet  him  face-­‐to-­‐face.      


“When  I  read  his  letter  of  apology  I  felt  his  sincerity,  it  was  more  personal.  He  actually  had  written  it  and   that’s  exactly  how  he  felt,”  said  Bouvier  in  a  telephone  interview.  She  now  lives  just  outside  Cornwall  with   the  man  she  was  engaged  to  marry  at  the  time  of  the  attack  and  has  three  children.     Bouvier  later  wrote  Clifton  a  letter,  telling  him  she  understood  that  it  was  his  sickness  that  drove  him  to   commit  violence,  and  she  encouraged  him  to  continue  taking  his  medication.     “I’m  glad  that  he’s  taking  his  medication  to  protect  himself  as  well  as  society.  I  don’t  want  him  to  harm   anybody  else.”     Kastner  said  the  documentary  takes  a  hopeful  approach  to  mental  illness.  He  said  when  he  first  met  Clifton   he  was  quiet,  but  eventually  opened  up  and  became  more  comfortable  talking  about  himself.     “Sean’s  story  is  very  tragic,  but  one  of  the  great  things  about  Sean  is  that  he  is  a  bright  man  with  a  gift  of   the  gab  and  very  articulate,”  said  Kastner.     “He’s  better  informed  than  I  am,  he’s  got  this  curiosity  to  him  and  there’s  a  hint  of  that  in  the  film.  A  lot  of   people  could  identify  with  Sean,  he  was  a  loner  and  had  a  troubled  past,  but  you  could  talk  to  him.  He’s  not   at  all  what  you  expect.”     Kastner  hopes  the  film  helps  destigmatize  mental  illness,  but  he  also  understands  why  Bouvier  is  reluctant   to  meet  Clifton.     “I  think  the  day  will  come  when  she  will  be  ready  to  see  him,  but  it’s  a  huge  arc  that  she’s  travelled  in  less   than  a  year  (since  working  on  the  film).  You  have  to  give  her  a  little  bit  of  time  on  this,”  said  Kastner,  who   still  keeps  in  contact  with  Clifton.     Bouvier  said  she  is  more  understanding  of  Clifton’s  illness.     “I  understood  a  lot  before  reading  the  letter,  and  it  wasn’t  as  hard  as  I  thought  it  would  be,”  she  said.     “In  my  family,  there  wasn’t  anybody  who  had  ever  suffered  form  mental  illness  so  this  is  all  new  to  us.  We   learned  a  lot  from  Sean’s  story  and  we  kind  of  know  that  he’s  not  a  monster,  it  was  his  disease  that  caused   him  to  do  that  on  that  day.”        

  This  article  also  ran  in  the  following  outlet:      

  http://www.calgaryherald.com/entertainment/random+violence/9034883/story.html  

 


'Disturbing'  doc  takes  an  inside  look  at  Sean  Clifton   and  the  perpetrator’s  experience   JOHN  DOYLE  |  Last  updated  Thursday,  Oct.  17  2013,  8:33  AM  EDT    

   

It  is  a  fact  that  an  effective  way  for  one  politician  to  attack  another  is  by  declaring  that  the  opponent  is   “soft  on  crime.”  We  live  in  that  kind  of  country  now.  Even  the  cats  and  dogs  on  the  street  are  probably   aware  that  the  federal  government  is  tough  on  crime,  building  more  prisons  and  talking  up  the   importance  of  victims’  rights.  Look  out,  criminals.  Lock  ’em  up  and  throw  away  the  key.  That  kind  of   thing.     In  this  context,  the  importance  and  greatness  ofNCR:  Not  Criminally  Responsible  (CBC,  9  p.m.  on  Doc   Zone)  cannot  be  overstated.  John  Kastner’s  fine  and  vividly  illuminating  documentary  caused   something  of  a  sensation  at  the  Hot  Docs  festival  and  has  already  been  screened  and  much  discussed   in  Britain.  “Disturbing,”  “controversial”  and  “provocative”  are  the  adjectives  used  to  describe  it.  I   prefer  “illuminating.”     What  it  illuminates  is  what  happened  to  both  the  victim  and  the  perpetrator  after  a  horrific  violent   crime.   In  October,  1999,  in  Cornwall,  Ont.,  a  man  approached  a  woman,  a  total  stranger  to  him,  and  stabbed   her  six  times.  The  victim,  Julie  Bouvier,  was  22  years  old  and  thought  she  was  dying  there  in  a  pool  of   blood.  The  attacker  was  a  local,  Sean  Clifton,  31,  known  to  police  for  his  odd  behaviour,  but  never  


known  as  violent.  Clifton  stood  dazed  at  the  scene,  and  was  arrested  without  fuss.  Later  he  was   diagnosed  as  a  paranoid  schizophrenic  with  an  obsessive  compulsive  disorder.  A  voice  in  his  head  had   told  him  to  attack  the  next  pretty  girl  he  encountered.     It’s  hard  to  watch  Bouvier’s  parents  as  they  describe  seeing  their  daughter  in  hospital.  They  try,  but   are  overcome  at  the  memory  of  it  and  can’t  speak.  Bouvier  herself  is,  at  first,  reluctant  to  be  filmed  in   a  way  that  makes  her  recognizable.  She  talks  calmly  about  the  pain  and  the  multiple  surgeries.  You   know  there’s  an  ocean  of  roiling,  complicated  feelings  under  the  calm  exterior.     What’s  truly  startling  is  the  footage  of  Clifton  inside  the  Brockville  Mental  Health  Centre,  interviews   with  those  who  treated  him  and  Clifton  himself.  Some  viewers  will  be  astonished  to  hear  one  of  the   staff  say,  “Our  job  is  to  rehabilitate  them.  Whether  it’s  a  shoplifter  or  somebody  charged  with  two   counts  of  murder.”     Clifton  is  different  now.  He  has  written  to  the  Bouvier  family  and  met  the  parents.  He  hasn’t  met  Julie.   He’s  on  medication  and  out  there  in  society,  but  not  in  Cornwall.  Is  this  safe  for  him  and  for  the   community?  That’s  the  question  that  makes  the  documentary  so  compelling.  We  get  unusual  insight   into  the  hospitalization  and  treatment  of  Clifton,  who  is  a  representative  figure  for  the  mentally  ill.   We’re  asked  to  consider  if  we  are  comfortable  with  how  Clifton  emerges  from  years  of  care  and   treatment.     A  scene  near  the  end,  at  a  Tim  Hortons,  is  very  deftly  done  and  one  feels  it  is  hardly  an  accident  that  it   unfolds  at  a  Tims,  because  we  asked  how,  as  Canadians,  we  really  want  to  deal  with  people  like  Sean   Clifton.    

 

This  week's  top  TV  tips   The  Windsor  Star  |  Oct  12,  2013   http://www.windsorstar.com/This+week+tips/9029729/story.html    

THURSDAY   Doc  Zone  Emmy  Award-­‐winning  documentarian  John  Kastner  is  behind  this  unforgettable   tale  of  a  psychiatric  patient  struggling  to  rebuild  his  life  after  making  a  savage  attack  on  a   stranger  in  a  shopping  on  the  orders  of  'the  devil.'  Sean  Clifton  was  the  perpetrator  and   now  that  he  has  completed  his  treatment  his  victim's  family  is  determined  to  force  him  to   remain  under  the  hospital's  control.  The  film,  entitled  NCR:  Not  Criminally  Responsible,   follows  Clifton  -­‐  who  spent  12  years  in  Brockville  Mental  Health  Centre  -­‐  through  a   dramatic  treatment  program  in  an  attempt  to  answer  the  question  of  whether  violent   psychiatric  patients  can  be  rehabilitated.     CBC      


Documentary  explores  mental  illness   and  criminal  responsibility   The  Globe  and  Mail  |  Oct.  16  2013   http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/arts-­‐video/documentary-­‐explores-­‐mental-­‐illness-­‐and-­‐ criminal-­‐responsibility/article14889024/  

 

 

           

 

Interviewed  John  Kastner  –  No  archive  available  online          

 


NCR:  Not  Criminally  Responsible  gets   new  life  

 

John  Kastner  documentary  coming  to  TV  Oct.  17  and  20,  and   being  used  by  legal  and  mental  health  professionals  for  training     By:  Martin  Knelman  Entertainment,  Published  on  Wed  Oct  02  2013   http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/2013/10/02/ncr_not_criminally_responsible_gets_new_life.html    

 

The documentary NCR: Not Criminally Responsible by John Kastner tells the story of Sean Clifton, who savagely attacked a stranger in a psychotic frenzy and tried to stab her to death in front of scores of witnesses, and follows him through treatment and back onto the streets.

  Five  months  after  its  world  premiere  at  Hot  Docs  created  a  sensation,  John  Kastner’s  NCR:  Not  Criminally   Responsible  is  having  a  major  impact  on  professionals  in  the  mental  health  and  legal  worlds  as  well  as   documentary  film  lovers.     No  one  who  attended  the  premiere  in  April  will  forget  the  moment  at  the  end  of  the  screening  when  the   victim,  Julie  Bouvier,  went  public,  appearing  onstage  at  the  Isabel  Bader  Theatre,  along  with  her  parents,  to   show  that  she  had  come  to  understand  and  forgive  Sean  Clifton,  the  knife-­‐wielding  stranger  who  attacked,   disfigured  and  almost  killed  her  in  a  Cornwall,  Ont.,  mall  in  1999.    


And  now,  having  had  just  a  handful  of  small  screenings,  NCR  is  about  to  reach  a  much  larger  audience.   Last  week,  Kastner  screened  it  for  a  room  packed  with  170  psychiatrists  at  the  annual  conference  of  the   Canadian  Psychiatric  Association.     Some  psychiatrists  were  stunned  that  Bouvier  and  her  parents,  so  angry  at  first  with  her  attacker,  could   forgive  him.  They  wanted  to  know  what  changed  their  minds.  The  answer,  according  to  Kastner,  is  that  the   film  let  them  see  the  man  beneath  the  so-­‐called  monster.     Rendezvous  With  Madness  Film  Festival  has  selected  the  doc  for  a  special  screening  Sunday,  Oct.  6,  at  the   TIFF  Bell  Lightbox  in  connection  with  Mental  Awareness  Week.  Good  luck  getting  tickets;  the  event  has   been  sold  out  for  weeks.     It  comes  to  CBC  Television  in  a  cut-­‐down  version  on  Oct.  17  via  the  Doc  Zone  series;  the  full-­‐length  film  will   be  shown  Oct.  20  on  CBC’s  Documentary  Channel.  And  soon,  on  the  NFB  website,  you’ll  be  able  to   download  it  or  buy  the  DVD.     Even  Kastner,  who  has  won  four  Emmy  Awards,  is  surprised  by  the  overwhelming  response.   “I’ve  had  many  films  that  attracted  considerable  attention  but  never  anything  else  like  this,”  he  says.   As  The  Guardian  said  in  a  huge  spread  when  the  doc  was  shown  at  a  festival  in  Sheffield,  what’s  unique   about  NCR  is  that  the  story  is  told  from  both  sides,  by  the  random  victim  and  her  mentally  ill  attacker.   But  the  most  significant  and  unanticipated  reaction  has  come  from  the  legal  community.     “Our  goal  was  to  help  destigmatize  psychiatric  patients  for  the  general  public,  “  Kastner  explains,  making   people  understand  and  even  empathize  with  a  guy  who  had  committed  a  horrifying  act  of  violence.   The  response  of  the  audience  shows  that  goal  was  achieved.     But  what’s  amazing  is  the  way  the  legal  community  has  jumped  on  the  film,  with  one  request  after  another   to  use  the  film  for  training,  including  crown  attorneys  who  appear  at  Ontario  Review  Board  hearings  but   have  never  been  inside  a  forensic  psychiatric  hospital.  That’s  why  watching  the  film  is  a  revelation.     Indeed,  a  crown  attorney  from  the  Ontario  Ministry  of  the  Attorney  General,  who  organized  a  screening  for   new  crowns  as  part  of  a  course,  told  Kastner:  “They  loved  it.  Now  they  can  picture  what  actually  goes  on  in   these  places.  We’ll  be  using  it  in  the  future.  There’s  nothing  out  there  remotely  like  it.”     Why  has  this  doc  generated  such  a  strong  response  from  professionals?  Because  it’s  a  breakthrough.  For   the  first  time,  NCR  lets  people  experience  the  whole  process,  from  the  moment  a  mentally  ill  person   commits  a  violent  crime,  through  the  hospitalization  and  treatment  of  the  perpetrator,  and  then  the   gradual  release  into  the  community,  along  with  consideration  of  all  the  safety  issues  that  raises.   “These  institutions  have  been  hidden  from  the  media  and  the  public  for  decades,”  Kastner  explains.  “For   the  first  time  the  film  shows  a  real  sense  of  the  treatment  process.  Thus,  for  many  professionals,  it   becomes  an  invaluable  introduction  to  the  issue.”     Dealing  with  the  fallout  has  become  a  time-­‐consuming  occupation  for  the  veteran  filmmaker.  He  has  been   invited  to  Rideau  Hall  by  the  Governor  General  for  a  mental  health  event.  NCR  was  selected  to  open  a   convention  of  Canadian  psychologists  in  Vancouver.  It  is  being  used  as  a  teaching  tool  by  Osgoode  Hall  Law   School,  York  University’s  criminology  program  and  Ryerson  University’s  Department  of  Criminal  Justice  and   Criminology.  Olivia  Chow  plans  to  screen  it  for  her  constituents  at  the  Bloor  Cinema  on  Nov.  19.     In  mid-­‐November,  Kastner  will  be  in  Ireland  for  the  Cork  Film  Festival,  which  is  not  only  screening  his  doc   but  creating  a  half-­‐day  discussion  event  called  “Battle  for  the  Brain.”     Even  if  you  don’t  have  a  professional  or  direct  personal  connection  with  the  subject,  NCR  is  stunning  as   human  drama,  reality  division.  


NCR  broadcast  on  CBC’s  Doc  Zone   Posted  on  October  10th,  2013  •  0  Comments   http://povmagazine.com/blog/view/ncr-­‐broadcast-­‐on-­‐cbcs-­‐doc-­‐zone    

    NCR:  Not  Criminally  Responsible  (dir.  John  Kastner,  2013)  /  Photo  courtesy  Geoff  George     John  Kastner’s  critically-­‐acclaimed  and  thought-­‐provoking  documentary  NCR:  Not  Criminally  Responsible   (POV  editor  Marc  Glassman  called  it  a  “…moving  and  powerful  film”)  will  have  its  world  broadcast  premiere   on  CBC’s  Doc  Zone.     The  documentary  premieres  Thursday,  Oct.  17  at  9pm  EST,  with  an  expanded  festival  version  premiering   Sunday,  Oct.  20  at  8pm  on  the  documentary  channel.     NCR  had  its  Canadian  theatrical  premiere  at  Hot  Docs  2013  and  was  featured  in  our  summer  issue.  To  go   behind-­‐the-­‐scenes  of  the  film,  read  our  recent  profile  of  John  Kastner,  the  “Dostoevsky  of  Documentary.”    


Interview:  John  Kastner   By  Andrew  Parker  |  October  16,  2013   http://dorkshelf.com/2013/10/16/interview-­‐john-­‐kastner/    

  Although  he’s  won  numerous  awards,  including  several  Emmys,  for  his  work  over  the  past  several  decades   for  his  work  in  trying  o  break  down  social  stigmas  through  documentary  filmmaking,  John  Kastner  hasn’t   had  as  big  of  a  response  to  one  of  his  films  as  he  has  had  with  NCR:  Not  Criminally  Responsible  (debuting   CBC  Doc  Zone  Thursday,  October  17th  at  9:00pm).  The  director  behind  The  Lifer  and  The  Lady  and  Life   With  Murder,  has  seen  a  groundswell  of  support  for  his  latest  effort,  and  the  effects  are  being  heard  even   in  parliament.   “Just  last  night  (at  a  function)  I  ran  into  Laureen  Harper,”  he  said  during  a  phone  call  late  last  week.  “She   said  she  was  aware  of  the  movie  and  she  said  she  wanted  to  see  it,  and  I  gave  her  a  copy  of  the  film.  I  can’t   think  of  another  point  in  my  career  where  something  like  that  happened  or  ever  would  have  happened.”     With  mental  health  destigmitization  front  and  centre  in  social  culture,  the  notion  of  rehabilitation  for   people  branded  NCR  by  the  courts  –  meaning  they  are  not  of  sound  enough  mind  to  stand  trial  or   comprehend  the  charges  being  brought  against  them  –  has  become  as  hot  button  an  issue  as  ever.  In  his   film,  Kastner  documents  the  all  around  tragic  story  of  Sean  Clifton,  the  accused,  and  Julie  Bouvier,  the  

 


victim.  In  1999  in  Cornwall,  Ontario  outside  of  a  Wal-­‐Mart,  Clifton  heard  voices  in  his  head  related  to  his   paranoid  schizophrenia    telling  him  to  go  out  and  stab  the  prettiest  girl  he  could,  find.  Tragically  it  was   Bouvier,  who  doesn’t  appear  on  camera  in  the  documentary,  afraid  for  her  safety.  Her  parents  appear   openly  and  disdainful  towards  the  notion  that  Clifton  –  who  has  a  restraining  order  stating  he  can  come   within  hundreds  of  kilometres  of  Cornwall  ever  again  as  a  result  of  his  release  –  could  ever  be  released   after  a  decade  in  the  hospital  and  not  be  charged.     Then,  when  the  film  debuted  at  Hot  Docs  earlier  in  the  year,  something  had  changed.  Julie  came  out  on   stage  at  the  film’s  premiere  to  openly  forgive  Sean  for  what  happened  between  them.  Not  long  after,   Julie’s  parents  did,  as  well.     “Well,  the  short  version  is  that  they  saw  the  movie.”  Kastner  said.  “Psychiatrists  in  particular  have  been   asking  me  how  that  even  happened,  because  as  you  see  in  the  film  there  is  a  lot  of  anger  there.  To  get  Sean   to  open  up  on  camera  was  difficult.  They  don’t  call  it  paranoia  for  nothing.  But  with  Julie,  she  was  still   clearly  terrified  and  her  parent  incredibly  angry  and  not  wanting  to  understand.”     Kastner  followed  Sean,  released  under   supervision  of  a  court  appointed  liaison   and  living  with  a  fellow  former  patient,  as   he  attempts  to  put  his  life  back  together   again.  Concurrently,  he  spoke  with  Julie.   The  filmmaker  not  only  shows  both  sides  of   a  thorny  issue,  but  also  poignantly  and   skilfully  displace  a  wealth  of  empathy  for   both  parties.     “You  can’t  have  empathy  for  one  side  of   the  story  and  not  for  the  other.”  Kastner   said.  “  You  can  see  with  Sean  that  he  is   clearly  sick,  and  we  see  him  largely  when   he’s  better.  You  can  still  see  him  going   through  these  OCD  rituals  like  moving  a   chair  back  and  forth  and  in  and  out  of   position  over  and  over  again,  and  you  have   to  picture  what  it’s  like  not  only  having   lived  with  that  your  whole  life,  but  how  for   a  decade  of  that,  those  actions  are   branded  to  that  of  someone  people  would   readily  brand  as  a  killer.  And  with  Julie,  I   don’t  think  there’s  any  other  way  of  understanding  her  situation  because  it’s  a  very  obvious,  deep,  and   more  imminently  relatable  fear.”     A  lot  of  the  empathy  on  display  comes  from  a  kind  of  unspoken  shame  that’s  visible  on  Clifon’s  face   throughout,  the  kind  of  almost  childlike  look  of  someone  who  will  be  unable  to  forget  that  they  have  done   something  deeply  wrong.     “I’d  say  that’s  a  fairly  astute  observation.  There’s  definitely  that  shame,  and  I  know  that  Sean  was  still   hesitant  because  of  the  stigma  attached  to  his  situation.  But  the  support  he’s  been  getting  has  been  great.  I   mean,  there  are  always  people  who  are  going  to  just  insist  on  a  more  cut,  dry,  and  brutal  sense  of  justice,   and  I  think  Sean  has  only  really  heard  from  maybe  one  person  on  that  side.  But  the  majority  has  been   incredibly  supportive  and  empathetic,  and  the  movie  and  Julie  have  been  a  huge  part  of  that.”    


The  film  actually  began  as  a  separate  beast  entirely  meant  to  document  the  day  to  day  work  of  forensic   psychiatrists  before  Kastner  met  Sean.  He  cites  the  films  he  made  prior  to  getting  such  great  access  to  Sean   while  he  was  still  in  hospital  prior  to  his  release,  especially  given  how  normally  closed  off  such  institutions   would  be  to  camera  crews.  But  now,  with  the  film  completed,  the  work  has  created  a  groundswell  of   interest  within  the  psychiatric  community,  particularly  those  who  deal  with  NCR  cases,  who  see  the  film  as   a  means  of  gaining  understanding  within  a  larger  community  outside  of  the  mental  health  profession  and   the  courts.  Talks  of  the  film  being  used  as  an  educational  tool  have  Kaster  proud,  humbled,  and  excited  by   the  prospects  for  his  film  in  the  future.     “(Psychiatrists)  really  connect  with  the  film  because  they  are  often  dealing  with  patients  that  in  some  cases   are  branded  by  people  as  monsters.  They  sometimes  can’t  believe  that  anyone  who  watches  the  film,   particularly  a  victim,  could  necessarily  understand  something  that  sometimes  takes  them  a  while  to  realize,   as  well.  There’s  been  talk  of  using  it  as  an  educational  too,  even  for  Crown  Attorneys,  who  normally  don’t   have  this  kind  of  specific  training  or  any  real  protocol  or  frame  of  reference.  And  that’s  exciting.”   NCR:  Not  Criminally  Responsible  debuts  on  Doc  Zone  on  CBC  Thursday,  October  17th  at  9:00pm  EST.  The   full  version  of  the  film  that  screened  at  Hot  Docs  will  also  play  on  Sunday,  October  20th  on  Documentary  at   8:00pm  EST.      

 

3  Canadian  Docs  coming  to  TV  this  Fall!   http://canadianfilm review.com /3-­‐canadian-­‐docs-­‐heading-­‐to-­‐tv-­‐this-­‐fall/    

Coming  to  TV  in  Canada  in  the  very  near  future  are  3  documentaries  highlighting  3  very   different  subject  matters!  Be  sure  to  check  out  LIVING  DOLLS,  NOT  CRIMINALLY   RESPOSIBLE  and  GHOSTS  IN  OUR  MACHINE.  See  the  trailers  for  these  great  docs  here!    

World  broadcast   premiere    October  17  on  CBC’s   Doc  Zone  –  9PM  EST  Also  airs   Extended  Festival  Version   October  20  on  CBC’s   documentary  –  8PM  EST   directed  by  John  Kastner   This  feature  documentary  tells   the  story  of  a  young  man  who   stabbed  a  complete  stranger   while  gripped  by  psychosis.   Twelve  years  later,  his  victim,  who  miraculously  survived,  is  terrified  to  learn  that   he’s  out.  With  unprecedented  access  to  the  patient,  the  victim,  and  the  mental   institution,  the  film  looks  at  both  sides  of  the  debate  and  puts  a  human  face  on  the   complex  ethical  issues  raised.  


MADE  IN  CANADA  INTERVIEW:  JOHN   KASTNER  –  CANADA’S  GUTSY   DOCUMENTARIAN   October  14,  2013  Interviews,  Made  in  Canada,  Made  in  Canada  Interview,  Special  Edition   http://nextprojection.com /2013/10/14/interview-­‐john-­‐kastner-­‐canadas-­‐gutsy-­‐ docum entarian/    

  Editor’s  Notes:    John  Kastner’s  latest  documentary,  Not  Criminally  Responsible,  comes  to  CBC  for  a  world   broadcast  premiere  on  DOC  ZONE  October  17th  at  9:00  PM  ET.     John  Kastner  is  an  award  winning  Canadian  documentarian  and  if  you  haven’t  seen  any  of  his  films,  this  is  a   call  saying  that  you  should.  After  acting  at  a  very  young  age,  Kastner  took  on  directing  documentaries  and  

 


went  on  to  win  four  Emmys,  and  five  Emmy  nominations  for  his  films  Four  Women,  Fighting  Back,  Life  With   Murder,  and  The  Lifer  And  The  Lady.     I  recently  had  a  Kastner  film  marathon  and  it  was  a  hard  watch.    With  tissues  on  one  side  and  a  notebook  in   the  other,  I  found  myself  crying  and  engaging  in  ideas  that  were  once  unapproachable  to  me.  The  subjects   he  takes  on  are  hard  hitting  and  are  sensitive  in  nature.  Take  for  example,  Fighting  Back,  the  tale  of  children   struggling  with  leukemia,  fighting  for  their  lives  with  the  heart-­‐wrenching  support  of  their  parents.  Then   there’s  Life  With  Murder,  the  story  of  a  family  who  deals  with  the  consequences  of  their  daughter’s  murder   while  supporting  the  son  who  killed  her.  In  The  Lifer  And  The  Lady  a  man  with  a  violent  past,  tries  to   reform,  and  get  parole  to  be  with  the  love  of  his  life.     In  his  latest  effort,  Not  Criminally  Responsible,  Kastner  brings  us  the  portrait  of  a  non-­‐violent  young  man   who  suddenly  savagely  attacks  “the  prettiest  woman  he  could  find.”  He  suffers  from  a  mental  disorder,  and   is  found  to  not  be  criminally  responsible  for  the  crime,  but  is  sentenced  to  time  in  a  forensic  psychiatric   facility.  Twelve  years  later,  he’s  been  treated  and  doing  amazingly  well,  and  applies  for  a  conditional   discharge.  His  victim  and  everyone  involved  in  the  case  must  deal  with  the  consequences  and  the  fear  that   comes  with  such  a  possibility.    

  Not-­‐Criminally-­‐Responsible     These  films  are  real  and  stark  in  their  ability  to  grab  at  the  essence  of  human  nature.  Kastner  has  a  way  of   making  the  image  and  the  moving  subject  a  relatable  person  as  opposed  to  the  monster  we  might  perceive   them  as,  or  as  in  the  case  of  Fighting  Back,  the  people  become  more  than  just  their  tragic  circumstances.  I   found  myself  disturbed  and  strangely  comforted  by  the  idea  that  none  of  us  are  alone  when  it  comes  to   varied  reactions  to  the  schema  life  has  us  feel.  The  real  world  can  be  way  more  fascinating  in  its  silence  and   in  its  moments  of  too  much  information.  It’s  when  the  killer  says,  “I  just  want  a  chance  to  be  better,”  and   truly  believe  it  that  all  the  notions  of  us  versus  them  go  out  the  window.  It’s  a  pill  that  is  hard  to  swallow,   but  if  reality  television  is  the  mode  of  entertainment  now,  the  documentary  should  be  its  mentor.  While  


the  world  watches  people  compete  for  a  prize  for  a  fake  glory,  documentarians  are  bringing  us  true  to  life   stories  where  sometimes  the  trial  is  just  for  a  new  chance  at  life.     I  had  a  chance  to  talk  to  John  Kastner  recently  and  I  asked  him  a  few  things  about  his  methods  in   documentary  filmmaking.     Jacqueline:  I  know  this  is  probably  a  common  question  that  gets  asked  of  you,  but  why  on  earth  would  you   chose  these  dark  subjects?  In  many  ways,  they  feel  like  a  kick  in  the  gut  sometimes,  a  much  deserved  one.     John  Kastner:  I  tend  to  do  films  that  fall  into  one  or  two  groups:  about  crime  and  corrections  and/or  health   issues.    Finally  I  found  a  subject  that  combines  both!     I  had  no  knowledge  about  mental  health  really,  experience  with  it,  and  never  been  to  a  shrink.  It  was  a   propsed  to  me  by  a  forensic  psychiatrist  Dr.  Lisa  Ramshaw  that  I  make  Not  Criminally  Responsible.  To  my   surprise  and  great  joy,  I  just  fell  in  love  with  this  whole  field.     Jacqueline:  How  do  you  create  these  moments  with  the  people  you  document?  How  do  you  generate  these   palpable  moments?     John  Kastner:  First  of  all,  I  tell  anyone  who  works  with  me  and  talks  with  the  patients  that  you  have  to  go  in   there  as  a  human  being  first  and  a  journalist  second.  When  people  are  this  ill  and  fragile,  you  have  to  put   their  interests  above  the  interests  of  the  program.  Sometimes  it’s  very  hard  to  do  because  you  can  see   some  amazing  things,  but  with  film  being  an  amazing  medium,  these  things  can’t  be  too  good  for  the   patient.  Sometimes  it’s  too  much  and  you  have  to  take  it  out.     Now  that’s  the  starting  point.  You  have  to  make  sure  you  know  that  you’re  going  to  protect  them  and  do   something  that  is  in  their  best  interests;  because  they  come  to  be  suspicious.  But  if  you  really  mean  it  and   they  feel  that  you  are  there  for  them,  eventually  most  people  will  open  up  to  you  gradually.  But  it  does   take  time.  It  takes  financial  support  too  because  that  time  is  expensive.  To  get  up  to  Brockville  continually   did  take  that  support.  Luckily  we  had  this  magnificent  support  from  the  National  Film  Board,  the  CBC,  and   the  Documentary  Channel.  Otherwise,  it  would  not  have  been  possible.     Jacqueline:  Do  you  get  attached  to  your  subjects?  I’m  thinking  here  of  your  film  Fighting  Back.  That  must   have  been  a  demanding  film…     John  Kastner:  Oh  definitely,  some  more  than  others.  I  mean  that  film,  aside  from  this  project,  that  film,  tore   me  up  so  much.  It’s  the  only  film  I’ve  made  that  I  won’t  look  at  again.     I  just  loved  Michael  and  his  family.  Actually  at  one  point  the  crew  and  I  fled  because  we  just  couldn’t  take  it.   It  was  horrible.  We  broke  off  and  I  came  home  from  London.  A  friend  of  mine  told  me,  “Are  you  crazy?  Just   finish  it,  keep  going,  and  decide  what  you  want  to  do  with  it  later.  But  don’t  give  up.”     So  we  dragged  ourselves  back  to  finish  it.  I  became  close  to  Michael  and  his  family  and  it  tore  me  up.  You   have  to  have  a  heart  of  stone  not  to  be  affected  by  all  that.     Jacqueline:  In  The  Lifer  And  The  Lady  and  in  Not  Criminally  Responsible  you  give  us  unheard  tales  of   redemption…     John  Kastner:  People  often  ask  me  why  I  focus  on  such  dark  subjects.    Well,  I  start  with  dark  subjects,  but  I   end  up  filming  triumphs  of  the  human  spirit.  I  look  for  somebody  who  is  fighting;  who’s  trying  to  climb  out   of  some  dark  pit  of  their  lives.  That,  to  me,  is  the  most  moving  thing.    


I  do  a  lot  of  films  on  crime,  but  I  don’t  do  something  like  mafia  hit  men.  I’m  interested  in  parole.  They  may   have  done  something  terrible,  but  they’re  trying  to  hack  their  way  out  of  that  hole,  and  be  a  part  of  the   world  again.     It  is  hard  to  go  into  that  world  though,  but  there’s  a  reason  for  my  explorations  in  these  subjects.  When  I   was  nineteen,  I  read  Dostoyevsky  ‘s  Crime  and  Punishment.  Back  then,  there  we  didn’t  see  this  much   homeless  on  the  streets.  We  used  call  them  derelicts  and  if  you  saw  them,  you  pretty  much  averted  your   eyes  because  it  felt  embarrassing.  Now  homelessness  is  rampant  and  you  acknowledge  it  and  you  have  to   face  it.  There’s  a  scene  in  Crime  and  Punishment  where  the  main  character  Rodion  Raskolnikov  witnesses  a   derelict  being  partially  run  over  by  a  carriage.  The  man  was  all  filthy  and  disgusting;  most  people  would   have  looked  away  and  ignored  him.  Raskolnikov  crosses  the  street,  picks  the  guy  up,  and  carries  him  home.   Dostoyevsky  is  a  genius  with  character  and  tells  the  story  of  this  man  who  was  once  an  excellent  civil   servant  with  a  daughter  he  was  so  proud  of.  I  don’t  remember  how  they  came  to  grief,  but  the  daughter   had  to  become  a  prostitute.  I  mean,  if  I  was  nineteen  and  had  seen  that,  I  would  have  walked  on  past,  but   what  a  thing:  to  tell  society  to  look  and  care.  I  want  to  introduce  you  to  these  people  so  you  can  care  about   them.  That  influenced  me  so  very  much.  In  a  way,  I’ve  been  trying  to  do  that  with  my  documentaries.     I  was  an  actor  and  I  played  murderers,  for  example.  You  have  to  do  the  emotional  research.  What  if  I  was   like  this?  You  don’t  think  about  how  unpleasant  it  will  be  to  relate  to  a  murderer  in  a  play,  you  just  do  it.  If  I   hadn’t  had  that  story,  I  couldn’t  make  these  films.     There’s  a  great  quote  :  “Nothing  human  is  alien  to  me.”  (Terentius)  and  it’s  a  wonderful  sentiment  because   it  could  happen  to  anyone.  You  place  yourself  in  those  shoes  because  it’s  entirely  possible  one  day  you   might  find  yourself  in  them.     Jacqueline:  With  Not  Criminally  Responsible,  it  must  have  been  quite  a  thing  to  see  Julie  Bouvier  overcome   her  trauma,  and  then  going  public  with  her  parents  to  forgive  Sean  Clifton  (who  attacked,  disfigured,  and   almost  killed  Julie),  at  the  premiere  in  April…     John  Kastner:  They  are  almost  saintly.  It’s  hard  to  believe  that  in  this  dark  world  there  are  people  that  can   forgive.  I  love  the  Bouviers  and  it  was  an  incredible  moment.     What  can  Canada  do  to  support  its  documentaries  and  documentarians?     There  was  a  time  when  documentaries  were  considered  cod  liver  oil:  unpleasant  medicine.  The  drama  and   comedy  of  real  life  is  so  delicious  and  so  compelling.  If  you  attended  any  of  the  screenings  of  documentary   film,  people  sitting  there  are  so  riveted  and  caught  up.  I  think  the  difficulty  is  the  short  attention  span  in  art   nowadays.  There’s  this  wonderful  program  at  Hot  Docs  where  they  go  to  schools  and  show  them  real   documentaries.  Stuff  like  that  gets  everyone  interested  from  the  get  go.  To  envelope  the  great  chaos  in  a   real  life  story  and  bring  it  to  the  young  people.  I  think  that’s  a  great  thing.     Documentaries  are  considered  the  national  art  form  of  Canada.  We’re  pioneers  in  it.  The  cinéma  vérité,  our   National  Film  Board,  and  the  techniques  we  use,  they’re  all  influential  for  all  film  genres  around  the  world.     When  you  open  up  the  paper  to  see  the  film  listings,  consider  a  documentary.    There  are  a  lot  of  great   storytellers  out  there  and  as  Canadian  documentary  filmmakers  we  are  telling  our  national  stories.  These   are  our  stories,  our  heroes,  and  we  should  watch  and  listen.              


Interview  with  John  Kastner  –  NCR:  NOT   CRIMINALLY  RESPONSIBLE  

 

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  Dug  Stevenson  interviews  John  Kastner  for  his  film  NCR:  Not  Criminally  Responsible.        

World  broadcast  premiere    October  17  on   CBC’s  Doc  Zone  –  9PM  EST     Also  airs  Extended  Festival  Version  October   20  on  CBC’s  documentary  –  8PM  EST     Directed  by  John  Kastner,  this  National  Film  Board  feature  documentary  about  violence,   mental  illness,  and  the  rights  of  victims  tells  the  story  of  a  troubled  young  man  who   stabbed  a  complete  stranger  6  times  in  a  crowded  shopping  mall  while  gripped  by   psychosis.  Twelve  years  later,  his  victim,  who  miraculously  survived,  is  terrified  to  learn   that  he’s  out,  living  in  the  community  under  supervision.  He’s  applying  for  an  absolute   discharge,  and  if  he  succeeds,  he’ll  no  longer  be  required  to  take  the  anti-­‐psychotic  drugs   that  control  his  mental  illness.  With  unprecedented  access  to  the  patient,  the  victim,  and  


the  mental  institution,  the  film  looks  at  both  sides  of  the  debate  and  puts  a  human  face   on  the  complex  ethical  issues  raised.      

   

 

  The  importance  and  greatness  of  Not   Criminally  Responsible     Posted  by  Diane  Wild  in  Reality,  Lifestyle  &  Documentary   http://www.tv-­‐eh.com/2013/10/17/the-­‐importance-­‐and-­‐greatness-­‐of-­‐not-­‐criminally-­‐responsible/     From  John  Doyle  of  the  Globe  and  Mail….   ‘Disturbing’  doc  takes  an  inside  look  at  Sean  Clifton  and  the  perpetrator’s  experience  

 


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