From the website:
How To Touch A Hot Stove is a short documentary, narrated by actor John Turturro (Transformers, The Big Lebowski), which seeks to alter the way that people think about mental health. The film is a short documentary that considers the complex variations in human experience and differences in thinking, feeling, and perception. It identifies the new civil rights movement that has emerged to combat the marginalization of those with “mental disorders,” explores why that movement is more complex than other civil rights movements, and reveals the often disparate perspectives held both by professionals and those with lived experience — as it challenges audiences to go “beyond the movement” and make a difference.
Featuring Appearances by: Temple Grandin, Patch Adams, Dr. Oliver Sacks, Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Susanna Kaysen (Girl, Interrupted), Joanne Greenburg (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden), and others provide key insight. The collaboration of Dr. Anne Harrington, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, provides a compelling backdrop of the history of stigma.
Created by Lois Oppenheim, Ph.D., Alice Maher, M.D.
Directed by Sheryll Franko
Produced by Hot Stove Productions in association with Falling Awake Productions