festival program / Documentary Achievement Award

Definition of Insanity, The


The Monday, March 9 screening is at RUSH. Tickets for the Tuesday, March 10 screening are still available. Learn more about RUSH.

Filmmakers Gabriel London and Charlie Sadoff focus on an inspiring story at the intersection of two American crises: mental health and the often overwhelmed criminal justice system.

Shocked by how people with mental illness were treated in Miami Dade County’s jails, Miami-Dade Judge Steve Leifman has set out to work with a team of dedicated public servants -- as well as former adversaries in the criminal justice system -- to help people with mental illness navigate from lives of tragedy and live lives full of possibilities.

The Definition of Insanity shows how one local judge’s novel approach to solving the mental health crisis could be the model to tackle the much larger epidemic throughout America. Narrated by Rob Reiner.

Following the Monday March 9 6:30 pm screening, a panel discussion co-moderated by Gabriel London and Charlie Sadoff, featuring Judge Steve Leifman and additional guests, will take place.

This screening is supported by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and sponsored by Fringe Partners.

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SilverSpot Cinema 13

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Director Bio

Gabriel London is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose career has focused on overlooked political issues in America. His feature The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest (14) won numerous awards at film festivals from Best Documentary Feature to Audience Favorite. His films have been broadcast nationally and internationally on television networks including MTV.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Gabriel London, Charlie Sadoff
  • Producer(s)
    Charlie Sadoff, Gabriel London, Eddie Del Carmen, Nick Clark
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Charlie Sadoff
  • Cast
    Steven Leifman

Film Info