Production Begins on Dan Partland’s “#UNFIT: Malignant Narcissism Comes to Washington, DC”
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New Documentary Reveals Psychiatric Disorders Challenging Donald Trump’s Mental Fitness to Serve
Director/Producer Dan Partland and Producer Art Horan have begun production on #UNFIT, a documentary that explores and gives voice to the mental health community’s dire concerns about the fitness of President Donald Trump.
#UNFIT follows the findings and assessments of a distinguished community of mental health professionals under the overall guidance of Dr. John D. Gartner, Ph. D, working in collaboration with the group, A Duty to Warn (http://www.adutytowarn.org), a grass-roots organization of mental health professionals who believe it is their ethical responsibility to sound the alarm about Donald Trump’s dangerous behavior. Dr. Gartner also serves as Executive Producer of the documentary. Gartner says, “Donald Trump’s mental instability and severe psychopathology pose a grave risk to both to our nation and the planet.”
Since the introduction of the “Goldwater Rule” in 1974 by the American Psychiatric Association, mental health professionals have largely refrained from comment on the mental health of elected officials…until now.
Dr. Gartner says, “We are working with documentary filmmakers to amplify our voices and share vital, non-partisan professional perspectives with the public.” Why now? “We have no choice but to break our silence. Mental-health professionals are ‘mandated reporters’ with a duty to warn the community if there is a potential danger,” said Gartner.
“The Goldwater Rule,” refers to Section 7 of The American Psychiatric Association (APA)’s Principles of Medical Ethics, which states that it is unethical for psychiatrists to give a professional opinion about public figures whom they have not personally examined, nor from whom they have not obtained consent to discuss their mental health in public statements. The rule traces its beginnings to a 1964 article in the journal Fact, “The Unconscious of a Conservative: A Special Issue on the Mind of Barry Goldwater.”
“The Goldwater Rule is not absolute,” says Dr. Gartner. “We have a ‘Duty to Warn,’ about a leader who is dangerous to the health and security of our patients,” he says. Mental health professionals are “sufficiently alarmed that they feel the need to speak up about the mental health status of the president.”
The participants stress that the effort and the film are both non-partisan.
“Some have dismissed the movement as partisan politics,” Gartner says, but, “this is not a discussion of the President’s political views or his policies. This is a discussion of what constitutes, mental, emotional and psychological fitness for office.”
Most controversial of all, many in this film hazard a psychiatric diagnosis of Trump in accordance with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), the industry standard. According to these assessments, Trump suffers from a variety of possible psychological disorders, from narcissistic personality disorder to pre-dementia, all of which point to a chief executive who is psychologically unfit, despite his self-assessment as “a very stable genius.”
Dan Partland of Doc Shop Productions explains, ”
We are a divided nation, like no other time in recent memory. We need to put that aside long enough to listen to professionals as to whether we may have a clear and present danger, one that we underestimate at our own peril. #UNFIT takes the discussion out of the realm of political policy and into the realm of psychological science. As dug in as we may be, we need to hear out the experts, then draw our own conclusions.”
The producers’ Kickstarter campaign https://www.kicksarter.com/projects/1156678616/unfit-malignant-narcissism-comes-to-wash-dc-very-b would, upon success, help complete and release the documentary. The campaign will also energize support for the #UNFIT movement from concerned citizens everywhere. By virtue of its fiscal sponsorship through From The Heart Productions, Inc., pledges made to this Kickstarter campaign are tax-deductible (to the amount and extent allowable by law).
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Dr. Gartner served as a part-time assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University Medical School for 28 years. He has published two books: In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography, and The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (A Little) Craziness and (A Lot) of Success in America. He was a contributor to The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, a 2017 New York Times bestseller also challenging Trump’s mental health. He is currently preparing his new book in collaboration with Dr. Steven Buser and Dr. Leonard Cruz, Rocket Man: Nuclear Madness and the Mind of Donald Trump.
Director Dan Partland is an Emmy®-winning producer, and writer/director of both scripted and unscripted films and television. His work has found success in theatrical, art-house, cable, and network outlets and includes some landmark films of the American independent Cinema. His production credits include showrunner of the award-winning A&E series Intervention, The Sixties, and American Race with Charles Barkley, both for CNN, TV series American High, Todd Solondz’s Sundance winner WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, and the Sundance and Independent Spirit-Award winning BALLAD OF RAMBLIN’ JACK.
Partland says, “In my 25+ years of producing documentary films and television, I have never felt it so urgent to put my efforts toward a film that is so direly needed. As Dr. Gartner says, ‘We are in the midst of a psychiatric emergency.’”
Former studio executive and producer, Art Horan has also worked in both film and television. Horan was Executive Producer and oversaw production of two-time Academy Award®-winning independent hit THE USUAL SUSPECTS, directed by Bryan Singer; Executive Consultant on the Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary THE BALLAD OF RAMBLIN JACK; Executive Producer of a one hour documentary for ESPN on women and boxing, Ring Girls by Academy Award-nominated director Amy Berg; and most recently Producer of the documentary film HANDS OF GOD about the 2016 Iraq Olympic Boxing Team and its journey to the Summer Olympic games in Rio de Janiero. Art is also Co–Founder of unclive.com a website dedicated to independent sports journalism and entertainment.
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Thanks to Dan Partland, Art Horan and Dr. Gartner for an extremely interesting post.
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