"It's a mesmerizing experience —
to stare into the eyes of the person so artfully portrayed, to
listen to the voice and, in some small way, to get to know the
individual beyond the mentally ill label, the person who's so
much more than the illness."
Joe Holley, Editorial - Express
News, San Antonio, Texas
FINE LINE is a documentary of voices, stories and portraits that
confronts stereotypes and reveals the courage and fragility of
those living with mental illnesses.
Photographer Michael Nye spent four years
photographing and recording stories. Schizophrenia, depression,
obsessive-compulsive, anxiety and bi-polar disorders are among
the experiences considered.
In simple and eloquent detail the 55 black-and-white
portraits and voices draw you closer into each life by addressing
and exploring many topics: family, confusion, pain, abuse, treatment
Consider Beth. She was one of the most talented
writers in her high school – she performed her own original
songs on stage. Later, she was unable to leave her home, and literally
stayed in one chair in her kitchen for years.
Thelma raised six children on the banks
of the San Antonio River and sings Mexican ballads when she’s
alone. When she was 10, her mother tried to crash a hired plane
in the desert with her on board.
At the age of 20, Kerry built a house that
was featured on the cover of an architectural magazine. At the
age of 49, he hung himself in his mother’s garage. He was
gentle, kind, intelligent and shy.
Doris received a Master’s Degree in
sociology. Her passion is collecting recipes. She was homeless
for 2 years. As a child she was beaten and sexually abused.
Michael was the editor/part owner of an
alternative newspaper. His gift is making people laugh. He had
his first breakdown at the computer screen. He started crying
for no apparent reason and could not stop.
Deeply personal stories can take us inside
complicated issues where empathy and understanding begin. Each
face invites you to listen.