Temporary Sanity: Portrait of an Artist with Mental Illness
Completed 2021. Duration 53 minutes
‘Temporary Sanity’ is a portrait of an artist with mental illness and conversation filmed by friend and documentarian Geo Geller with artist Issa Ibrahim just prior to his re-hospitalization and medication adjustment.
Is he crazy or just insanely creative? You decide.
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Completed 2020. Duration 54 minutes
What do you get when 2 artists meet in an asylum and are tested by time, trust, faith and the power of creativity?
MAD LOVE, A documentary about art, romance and mental illness.
Featuring Issa Ibrahim and Susan Spangenberg.
Filmed and interviews by Geo Geller and Gregor Collins.
Edited by Issa Ibrahim.
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POP MUSIC VOODOO
Completed 2016. Duration 59 minutes
A schizophrenic musician spirals into his own alternate sense of reality and beyond by the Presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. His delusion of exorcising the world from impending doom through the power of song is aided by a troubled young woman “hypnotized” into compliance.
A surreal collision between silent film and music video, is this a mockumentary or the beginning of the end of the world?
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Premiered November 3rd, 2019 in the REEL Recovery Film Festival at Village East Cinema SALUTE to NEW YORK FILMMAKERS
“…Bold and unapologetic in its leap into the unknown. It made me feel and think about things in a different way. If David Lynch were to attempt a silent-film-surrealist-music-video, it would be in the same ballpark, which is a triumph in my book.” – Gregor Collins, author, filmmaker
a musical documentary
“Patient’s Rites is my perspective from 20 years of being hospitalized. Think of it as a therapy session set to music.”
Completed 2014. Duration 45 minutes
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Winner Documentary Short Award of Merit 2014 IndieFEST FILM AWARDS
The reviews are in
“…poignancy nestled inside of brightness and lightness around a topic that is potentially daunting…embodies self-compassion, self-forgiveness, and transcendence so beautifully, masterfully, yet humbly…will create space for others to do the same for themselves.” -Tina Caterino
“…controversial…hysterically funny…This is a must see film.” -Carla Rabinowitz, Community Access
“I dig it, man. You’ve got this awesome pastiche of Elvis Costello, The Ramones, and Lou Reed going on, but it’s nothing like them and completely unique. Keep it up.” -Some Anonymous Internet Dude
“It’s genius level.” -Dr. Kathryn Ko, Neurosurgeon
“I really really really salute you. It takes such guts, make that BALLS to put yourself out there like this. It’s 100&10% AWESOME.” -Mike Lesser, Parole Officer
Issa talking ‘PATIENT’S RITES’ with actor John Turturro for the filmmakers Q&A at the 11th Annual COMMUNITY ACCESS/NYAPRS NEW YORK CITY MENTAL HEALTH FILM FESTIVAL at Village East Cinema NYC
Soundtrack to the film Patient’s Rites, Pop Music Voodoo and other original songs by Issa available in music