Three Very Different Short Films Look at Sickness and Health

The Mary Alice Brandon File, directed by sisters Kailey and Samantha Spear, won three Leo Awards (Picture Editing, Production Design, and Costume Design). It sustains a mood of understated horror while being visually beautiful as it traces how Mary Alice’s foreknowledge of everything from the weather to her father’s dark plans lands her in a mental hospital. Set in the early twentieth century, it features a doctor and nurse who sincerely believe they’re fixing what’s wrong with her.

Nurses take the lead in Doctorless clinics: Why not let patients decide?, a documentary produced by the Montreal Economic Institute. In French with English subtitles, it highlights private clinics with no doctors on site, though they’re available to consult with the nurse practitioners. This saves time and, for some patients, a trip into Ontario where wait times are shorter. Quebec’s health minister also has a chance to give his view: Autonomous nurses, great, other structures added to the health system, not so much. Yet nurse practitioners argue they’re saving the system money.

And here’s a 2011 short from STUDIO participant Sara St. Onge: Lobotomobile, based on the real-life Dr. Walter Freeman. It’s a musical . . .

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