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Celebration Film

Reflections on Johns Hopkins Psychiatry


The year 2013 marks 100 years since the dedication of the Henry Phipps Psychiatric Clinic at Johns Hopkins. With a single philanthropic gift from a generous industrialist and the vision of founding director Adolf Meyer, Hopkins helped to shift American psychiatry from asylums to academic medicine where psychiatric illnesses could be studied and treated. Through the voices of our present-day clinicians, researchers, students, patients, and donors, this film reflects on the history, guiding principles, and legacy of those who launched the department and those who sustained it throughout the last century. Here is a sampling of the people and ideas that make possible an exciting and hopeful future – the next 100 years of Johns Hopkins Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Meet the Filmmaker

A Century of Compassion was directed and shot by Richard Chisolm in collaboration with co-producer/editor Kindall Rende. This centennial project is part of a larger video archive project to capture the voices of faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Filmmaker Richard Chisolm

Richard Chisolm is an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and cinematographer based in Baltimore. He has over thirty years of professional credits on a wide variety of productions including for HBO, National Geographic, PBS, Discovery and History channels. Richard was the director of photography and a field producer for both ABC "Hopkins" and "Hopkins 24/7" television series. His 2011 feature documentary "Cafeteria Man" on school food reform has been screened at more than 20 international film festivals and will air on PBS stations in 2013/2014. A "Distinguished Alumnus" of the University of Maryland, Richard is also the recipient of a Columbia DuPont Journalism award, a Peabody award, two Kodak vision awards and four CINE Golden Eagles.