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Mariel Hemingway runs from crazy at Sundance

January 23, 2013
By DAVID GERMAIN , THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

PARK CITY, Utah - Mariel Hemingway says she has left the bad kind of crazy behind, and all that's left is good crazy.

Hemingway came to the Sundance Film Festival for the documentary "Running from Crazy," which chronicles the family history of mental illness that led to the suicides of seven relatives, including sister Margaux and grandfather Ernest Hemingway. Directed by Barbara Kopple, with Oprah Winfrey an executive producer, the film features segments with Mariel opening up about how she put her own depression and suicidal thoughts behind her.

"I can honestly say that I do believe that now bad crazy is gone. Good crazy is still around, but I truly am no longer depressed," Hemingway, 51, said in an interview alongside Kopple. "It's gone. I can honestly say that it's been years. I laugh at myself now, which is fun."

"Running from Crazy" explores the bravado of Ernest Hemingway - the boozing, bullfight-loving, womanizing Nobel Prize winning author - and how it concealed a troubled soul. He put a shotgun to his head and killed himself in 1961, a few months before Mariel was born.

 
 

 

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