Guilty Except for Insanity - Maddening Journeys Through an American Asylum

"Unfolds as a profound critique of institutional care tragically overtaken by the criminal justice system."


— Lynne Layton, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School



Jan Haaken

Guilty Except for Insanity is directed by Jan Haaken, a professor of psychology, licensed clinical psychologist, community psychologist, and documentary filmmaker. Prior to joining the faculty at Portland State University in 1980, Haaken worked as a registered nurse and supervisor of a psychiatric inpatient unit in Santa Monica, California. She is author of numerous publications on the history of psychiatry and diagnostic categories, gender and psychopathology, the psychology of storytelling, and the dynamics of social change.

Haaken's documentaries focus on zones on the margins of society (e.g. domestic violence shelters, refugee camps, asylums, drag clubs, venues for marginalized youth), and on breaking down boundaries between stigmatized groups and the dominant society, from African refugees and immigrants (Diamonds, Guns and Rice), to youth engaged in hip-hop activism (Moving to the Beat), to gay/lesbian and gender identity issues (Queens of Heart: Community Therapists in Drag, awarded Best Documentary, Astoria International Film Festival 2008). These documentaries continue to reach wide audiences, including through film festivals, film/video distribution outlets, and through television broadcasting.

In addition to over a dozen Portland State University students serving as production assistants, the production team includes a highly talented and seasoned group of filmmakers.

Director of Photography

Caleb Heymann

Caleb Heymann, director of photography, is a cinematographer with Red One Africa, based in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. He graduated from the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA) with a BFA in Motion Picture Production in March, 2007. He has shot and edited numerous short films, music videos and live events on HD and SD video and super 16mm.

Heymann has been on the production team for three previous feature-length documentaries produced or directed by Haaken.


Carl Vandervoort

Carl Vandervoort, Editor, has 28 years of experience working with film and video. He attended London School of Film Technique in the 1980s and worked at Creative Media as post-production supervisor from 1995-1999. Vandervoort has edited six feature-length documentaries, including Olivia & Tim : Very Much Alive, All We're Asking Is for Peace, and he edited supplementary materials for Drugstore Cowboy.

Production Consultants

Eric Edwards

Serving as production consultant and providing additional camera work is Eric Edwards, director of photography on over twenty major motion pictures, including My Own Private Idaho, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Knocked Up, and the Break-up.

Meghan Caughey

Sarah Aline Ater

Dean Brooks

Production consultants include Meghan Caughey, artist, psychiatric survivor, and Peer Wellness Coordinator, Sarah Aline Ater, who brings her interests in art, drama, and documentary film to the project, and Dean Brooks, former Supervisor of the Oregon State Hospital. Dr. Brooks appeared in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and served as production consultant on that film.