Ostensibly embarking upon a portrait of a "modern-day Abraham Lincoln", Escaping History traces the development of a relationship between the videomaker and his subject. As the story unfolds, it veers from the objective to the highly personal. The tape relates the story of Mel Glasser, a recovering schizophrenic who, having adopted the persona of Abraham Lincoln, has made considerable progress in the last twenty years. The tape refuses to romanticize Mel's condition ; he speaks frankly with intelligence and humour, and takes Applegath on a special journey.
Awards and mentions
Meilleure vidéo canadienne
Festival international du nouveau cinéma et de la vidéo de Montréal
Canada, United States
Black and white
Respect, Mental illness, Pleasure, Madness, Lucidity, Humanism