UNLISTED: A Story of Schizophrenia
Richard Ruston was afflicted with paranoid schizophrenia before his daughter Delaney Ruston’s birth. After many years of shame, frustration, and fear, she decided to hide from her father and keep her phone number and address unlisted. But now, 10 years later, Richard is more stable on a newer medicine and Delaney, given her experiences as a doctor and a mother, decides to reconnect with her father. What new understanding and acceptance of her dad and his illness can she now find? What obstacles to getting her dad treatment will she now face? Knowing that her earlier failed attempts to get needed treatment to her dad is a common occurrence in today’s starved mental health system, Delaney decides to bring her camera along with her during this journey of reconciliation.
Delaney Ruston is a filmmaker, Stanford trained physician and mother of two. Through her company, MyDoc Productions, Delaney has made other award-winning documentaries on mental health along with Unlisted. Titles include Crisis in Control, about psychiatric advance directives, and Hidden Pictures, about global mental health. Hidden Pictures was filmed in China, India, France, South Africa and the US and was screened in multiple film festivals, by 141 organizations on World Mental Health Day and aired on PBS. In January 2016, Delaney’s latest film, Screenagers, was released. The film probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to examine the impact of digital world on today’s kids and what can be done to help them find balance. The film is screening to packed audiences in multiple cities across the country and is gaining much attention in the press (Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, Forbes and many others).