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Portland Premier Screening of "Guilty Except for Insanity"
Monday, November 1, 2010 - 3:24pm to Sunday, November 7, 2010 - 11:00pm



Director Jan Haaken, a professor of psychology at Portland State University, returns to the Oregon State Hospital, the location of "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest," and recounts the stories of real patients who enter this famous hospital for the criminally insane. As patients and staff try to make sense of each juncture in the road, from getting arrested and surviving the wards to reentering the community, the stories tell a larger tale of broken lives and raggedy safety nets, and reveal the craziness of an American system where you have to commit a crime to get psychiatric help. The documentary probes this maddening world through the eyes of those locked inside the system and uncovers deeper psychological truths about the human need for care and connection, as well as for freedom. (85 minutes)

The director and lead participants will be present for a Q and A after the screening.

Jan Haaken is available for interviews prior to the screening and will also be in attendance.


To view the trailer and for more information go to




3 p.m., Sunday, November 7th




Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue




Tickets are $9 adults; $8 seniors and students. Tickets sold at the door or advance online at




For more information, call Scott Gallagher, Office of University Communications, at

503-725-8789 (office) or 503-957-7545 (cell).