Call Me Crazy: Probing Mental Illness

The original Lifetime movie, Call Me Crazy, brings new understanding to what happens as a loved one struggles with mental illness.

An anthology of five short films, Call Me Crazy: A Five Film explores the impact of mental illness on people’s lives and those around them. Each film highlights the powerful relationships built on hope and triumph while helping raise a new understanding of what happens when a loved one struggles.

The impressive ensemble includes Jennifer Hudson, Melissa Leo and Octavia Spencer, Sarah Hyland, Sofia Vassilieva, Brittany Snow, Ernie Hudson, Jason Ritter, Jean Smart, Lea Thompson, Melanie Griffith and Chelsea Handler.

An extension of the much-lauded Five franchise that started in 2011, this series of five, interwoven short films, each named for its main character, originally premiered on April 20 to more than 1.3 million viewers.

Written by Jan Oxenberg, Deirdre O’Connor, Stephen Godchaux, Erin Cressida Wilson, and Howard J. Morris, Call Me Crazy has star power behind the camera: Laura Dern, Bryce Dallas Howard, Bonnie Hunt, Ashley Judd, and Sharon Maguire directing the anthology.

The inspirational visions explored in the film take on issues including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Call Me Crazy is executive produced by Jennifer Aniston, Marta Kauffman, Kristin Hahn, Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri, all of whom executive produced last year’s Lifetime Original Movie “Five.”

The movie is produced by Sony Pictures Television, Echo Films, More Horses Productions and Freestyle Picture Company.