Escaping History
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Ostensibly embarking upon a portrait of a "modern-day Abraham Lincoln", Escaping History traces the development of a relationship between the videomaker and his subject. As the story unfolds, it veers from the objective to the highly personal. The tape relates the story of Mel Glasser, a recovering schizophrenic who, having adopted the persona of Abraham Lincoln, has made considerable progress in the last twenty years. The tape refuses to romanticize Mel's condition ; he speaks frankly with intelligence and humour, and takes Applegath on a special journey.

Awards and mentions
Meilleure vidéo canadienne
Festival international du nouveau cinéma et de la vidéo de Montréal
Montréal
1993
Original language
English

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Credits

Direction
Stewart Applegath
Participants
Mel Glasser
Camera
Stewart Applegath
Editing
Stewart Applegath
Online Editing
Dennis Day
Mixing
Konrad Skreta
Translation
Josette Bélanger
Lorraine Dufour
Production
Stewart Applegath

Technical information

Color
Black and white
Color
Image format
4:3
Sound
Mono
Keywords
Respect, Mental illness, Pleasure, Madness, Lucidity, Humanism