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West 47th Street

  • Runtime: 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Genres: Biography, Culture & Society, Psychology, Social Issues
  • Director:June Peoples


Filmed between 1996 and 1999, this documentary chronicles the lives of four people recovering from mental illness at the Fountain House, a Manhattan-based rehabilitation center. The central figures are Francis Olivero (who later became a public advocate for the mentally ill), Fitzroy Frederick, Tex Gordon, and Zeinab Wali. Filmed in cinéma vérité fashion, the documentary also includes footage of its producers, Bill Lichtenstein and June Peoples, working side by side with Fountain House residents and...more