OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK TO AIR WORLD TELEVISION DEBUT OF ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY ‘RUNNING FROM CRAZY’ FROM ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER BARBARA KOPPLE ON SUNDAY, APRIL 27
Featuring Academy Award-Nominated Actress and Advocate Mariel Hemingway With Special Introduction From Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey
The acclaimed documentary “Running From Crazy,” from two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County USA,” “American Dream”), will make its world television debut on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Sunday, April 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The film will feature a special introduction from executive producer Oprah Winfrey.
Hailed as one of the most distinguished families in American literature, the Hemingways have always exposed their brilliance while often living in the shadows of deep emotional struggle. Two-Time Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple’s newest documentary focuses on Mariel Hemingway, a granddaughter of the legendary writer Ernest, as she explores her family’s disturbing history of mental illness and suicide. As a child, Mariel grew up on the Hemingway family farm in Idaho, the same place her famous grandfather took his own life months before she was born. The youngest of the three sisters, Mariel followed her older sister Margaux into acting and modeling, while her oldest sister Muffet struggled with mental illness and drifted in and out of mental hospitals. Kopple’s bold film intertwines haunting archival footage of the three Hemingway sisters with scenes from Mariel’s life today as she seeks to live a rigorously healthy lifestyle to combat what appears to be a difficult family birthright. Mariel’s courageous journey of introspection and reflection allows her to view her family that has shaped her life through new eyes and, for the first time strive for peace and acceptance.
“Running from Crazy” is produced by Cabin Creek Films for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Produced and directed by Barbara Kopple. Produced by David Cassidy. Executive producers are Barbara Kopple, Mariel Hemingway, Erica Forstadt, Lisa Erspamer and Oprah Winfrey.