10 DAYS IN A MADHOUSE is Joined by Sundance Film as One of First Two Oscar Contenders for 2017.

“The Birth of a Nation starring Armie Hammer and Nate Parker and 10 Days in a Madhouse starring Caroline Barry and Christopher Lambert are the first two films to look toward the Academy Awards of 2017.”
Critically acclaimed feminist film 10 Days In A Madhouse thrilled for Nate Parker’s directorial debut The Birth Of A Nation to join them as major contender for the 89th Academy Awards.

In early January 2016, the team behind the biopic 10 Days In A Madhouse announced that they have opted out of the 88th Academy Awards to submit as the first major contender for the 89th Academy Awards, held in 2017. Now The Birth Of A Nation has thrown their hat in the ring. 10 Days producer Susan Goforth said, “This is great for both our films.”

Above: Scene from The Birth of a Nation.

The Birth Of A Nation is also an important historical drama that deserves attention and accolades.” adds director Timothy Hines, “Birth of a Nation centers around Nat Turner, an abolitionist leader who led a slave rebellion in 1831. 10 Days In A Madhouse centers around Nellie Bly, a feminist leader who led women’s rights as the first serious front-page female journalist and improved the state of mental institutions the world over. Together these two movies will open great dialogues about equality and justice which we believe will lead to positive change.”

Above: Caroline Barry as Nellie Bly consultes with Peter Hendricks played by Keith White in 10 Days in a Madhouse.

10 Days In A Madhouse highlights the important work of reporter and activist Nellie Bly, who in 1887 produced one of the most famous pieces of journalism in our nation’s history. Bly became known as the mother of investigative journalism when she pretended to be crazy in order to report on what was happening inside the infamous Blackwell’s Island Insane Asylum for women in New York City.

She convinced the police she was a threat to herself and others, and was committed with no promise or guarantee of ever being let out. What she discovered inside the insane asylum was brutal. Women were being verbally abused, physically beaten, over medicated, and left for dead. All of these horrifying events are portrayed in the film in an honest way.

Above: Katie Singleton as Mrs. Caine, (left) Caroline Barry as Nellie Bly, (center) and Susan Goforth as Mrs. Stanard in 10 Days in a Madhouse.

Feminist director Hines grew up listening to his mother speaking about her hero Nellie Bly, and Bly eventually became his own personal hero. Though she made a lasting influence on the world and more specifically women’s rights, journalism, and our treatment of the mentally ill, Nellie Bly is still largely unknown. “If Bly had been born a man, there would be statues made in her honor. Everyone would know her name,” says Hines. His film will pay tribute to her well-deserved legacy.

Above: Scene from The Birth of a Nation.

The Birth Of A Nation looks really great,” infers Hines. “Similar to ours in its honesty and accurate depiction of atrocities that occurred in our nation’s past. I hope that this film can wake up those who still consistently deny the existence of racism in an inherently racist world, and I hope 10 Days In A Madhouse can do the same for people who deny the existence of sexism.”

Above: Caroline Barry stars as Nellie Bly in 10 Days in a Madhouse.

10 Days In A Madhouse stars Caroline Barry as Nellie Bly, who is being called the next great actress of our generation, Christopher Lambert from Highlander and Kelly Le Brock from Weird Science. 

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