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Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (2016)

Heaven Is a Traffic Jam on the 405 (original title)
A brilliant but tortured 56-year-old artist channels her depression and anxiety into her work.

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Frank Stiefel

Star:

Tom Wudl
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Mindy Alper is a tortured and brilliant 56 year old artist who is represented by one of Los Angeles' top galleries. Acute anxiety, mental disorder and devastating depression have caused her to be committed to mental institutions undergo electro shock therapy and survive a 10 year period without the ability to speak. Her hyper self awareness has allowed her to produce a lifelong body of work that expresses her emotional state with powerful psychological precision. Through interviews, reenactments, the building of an eight and a half foot papier-mache' bust of her beloved psychiatrist, and examining drawings made from the time she was a child, we learn how she has emerged from darkness and isolation to a life that includes love, trust and support. Written by Frank Stiefel

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Her art saved her life.


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Wonderful,honest, pure life portrait
16 October 2018 | by call_me_shabnamSee all my reviews

This is one the most wonderful documentary I have ever seen. Strong and powerful. The way Dear Mindy Alper, explains about her life, the way she expresses how much she suffered and how much she was honest with herself, is a wow. Her differences, her view, her art, her heart and many unique things in her, just amazed me. I admire her tries, efforts, that she puts into expressing her life and herself. I recommend every body, to watch this doc, and to notice how enjoyable could be life, if one could learn how to live just herself\himself based on the abilities. her artworks are not just art. To me, they are much more than just art because I found life and soul in them.


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26 October 2018 (Taiwan) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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