Medicating Normal


Digital Screening Room Mon, May 4, 2020 12:00 PM
Digital Screening Room Fri, May 15, 2020
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Festival Programs:New American Visions
Women & Film
Women Directors
Health & Wellness
Social Justice
Culture & Society
Release Year:2019
Runtime:76 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Periscope Moving Pictures
Director:Lynn Cunningham
Wendy Ractliffe
Executive Producer:Lynn Cunningham
Wendy Ractliffe
Producer:Lynn Cunningham
Wendy Ractliffe
Muffie Meyer
Cinematographer:Joan Churchill
Editor:David Dawkins
Composer:Nathan Halpern


Available to Watch May 15 at 11:00 AM - May 23 11:59 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

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Most people are aware of the nation’s opioid crisis, but there are millions of Americans who are also physiologically dependent on commonly prescribed psychiatric medications that are being taken as prescribed by their doctors. From prescriptions to alleviate emotional distress to pain relievers and other drugs, big pharma is working hard to make sure every citizen is taking some kind of pill.

Following five different people over the course of three years, directors Lynn Cunningham and Wendy Ractliffe have crafted a documentary that is at once personal and universal. Inspired by a family member who was nearly lost in a fog of psychiatric medications, but has since recovered, the pair turn their cameras on these five souls who have run afoul of the pharmaceutical industry. A wake-up call to anyone who is taking prescription medications regularly, Medicating Normal may be the most important documentary you’ll see this year.

Director Biography

Lynn Cunningham Wendy Ractliffe

Lynn Cunningham is an editor who has worked for numerous television outlets here and in Japan, including PBS, the History Channel, and Asahi Shimbun. She holds a BA in architecture from Yale University. Medicating Normal (2020) is her first feature.

Wendy Ractliffe has a B.A. in history from Yale University, an MBA from Duke University, and a diploma in Waldorf education. By her own description she has been an equities analyst, stay-at-home mother, teacher at an international Waldorf school in France, and worked in organic agriculture for two decades. Medicating Normal (2020) is her first feature.