by Patrick Sammon & Bennett Singer
A vital documentary on the little-told story of the LGBTQ+ movement to remove homosexuality from the American Psychiatric Association's manual of mental illnesses.
2020  ·  1h20m  ·  United States
English subs
About the Film

Five years in the making, CURED illuminates a pivotal yet largely unknown chapter in the struggle for LGBTQ equality: the campaign that led the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to remove homosexuality from its manual of mental illnesses. Before this momentous 1973 decision, the medical establishment viewed every gay and lesbian person as diseased and in need of a cure. Business and government used the mental-illness classification to justify discrimination and bigotry. As long as lesbians and gay men were “sick,” progress toward equality was nearly impossible.

Incorporating a trove of newly unearthed archival material — much of it unseen for decades — CURED takes audiences inside this riveting narrative to chronicle the strategy and tactics that led to a crucial turning point in the movement for LGBTQ rights. Indeed, following the Stonewall rebellion of 1969, the battle that culminated in the APA’s decision marked the first major step on the path to first-class citizenship for LGBTQ Americans. CURED sheds new light on this victory — which was far from inevitable — while situating the APA story within the larger context of the modern movement for LGBTQ equality.

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Festivals and Awards
Frameline San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival, Best Documentary
NewFest: New York's LGBT Film Festival, Audience Award
OUT at the Movies Int'l LGBT Film Fest, Jury Award
Rochester ImageOut, Audience Award
Patrick Sammon, Bennett Singer
Executive Producers
Andrew Tobias, Cole Rucker, Dr. Jeff Nalin, Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen
Mridu Chandra, Julianne Donofrio, Assaf Mor, Christopher Racster
Archival Producers
Mridu Chandra, Lewanne Jones
Supervising Producer
Michael Ehrenzweig
Director of Photography
Sam Henriques
Steve Heffner
Consulting Editor
Lillian E. Benson
Assistant Editor
Jenn Stamps
Motion Graphics / Design
David Byrd
Ian Honeyman
Singer / Songwriter
Impact Producer
Julie Sandler
About the Director

Patrick Sammon

Patrick Sammon is the Founder and President of Story Center Films, LLC. He is the Co-Director and Co-Producer, with Bennett Singer, of a documentary about the remarkable and little-known story of the LGBT activists who successfully battled the American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses. Until 1973, the medical establishment considered every gay person mentally ill. CURED tells the David-versus-Goliath story of the activists who challenged this diagnosis – and won. Combining eyewitness testimony with newly unearthed archival footage, the film reveals how a small group of impassioned activists achieved this unexpected victory.

Previously, Sammon was the Creator and Executive Producer of CODEBREAKER a “superb” (The Telegraph), “imaginative” (Sunday Times), award-winning drama-documentary that “artfully explored” (The Mail) the life and legacy of Alan Turing, one of the 20th century’s most important people. Turing helped win World War II through his code-breaking and laid the intellectual foundation for the computer age. Instead of being celebrated, however, he faced brutal persecution from the British government because he was gay.

Other films by Patrick Sammon

Bennett Singer

Bennett Singer is an award-winning New York-based filmmaker/writer with 20 years of experience. His feature-length film Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin premiered at Sundance, was broadcast nationally on PBS, and is currently airing on Logo/MTV. The film won more than 25 international awards, including the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary and eight Best Documentary prizes. Described as “powerful and startling” (The Advocate), “poignant” (Time), and “brilliant” (Wall Street Journal), the film illuminates the life and work of Bayard Rustin, a visionary activist and mentor to Martin Luther King Jr. who dared to live as an openly gay man during the fiercely homophobic 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s. Brother Outsider has been screened at the Kennedy Center, the United Nations, and for members of Congress, as well as at more than 200 festivals and community screenings in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. It has also been used by an array of social-justice organizations, including Facing History and Ourselves; GLSEN; and Human Rights Watch, which has shown the film to more than 4,000 high school students.

Other films by Bennett Singer