Check out a recent Forbes article about our classmate, Sandra Luckow:
Exploitation Or Honesty: Should Filmmaker Use Her Brother's iPhone Video Of His Own Madness?
The video is shaky, amateurish and utterly chilling. As the narrator films the crashing waters of 611-foot Multnomah Falls outside of Portland, Ore. with his iPhone, he informs viewers that he means business.
“I’m tired of the games,” he shouts, brandishing a Bible in front of the iPhone. He cuts to a vertigo-inducing shot of the rapids hundreds of feet below. “I’ve warned people, I’ve told people. I come from the planet Pluto!”
Film like this doesn’t come along very often. Mental-health experts say the iPhone footage Duanne Luckow shot as he descended into madness in late 2010 offers a rare, first-person look at the mind of an untreated schizophrenic.
It also offers a tantalizing possibility – and agonizing questions – for Duanne’s sister Sandra, a documentary filmmaker who teaches at Yale and Columbia. Luckow is perhaps most famous for her film “Sharp Edges,” which detailed the up-from-nowhere trajectory of skater Tonya Harding. Excerpts from the film aired on “60 Minutes” right after Harding was implicated in the attack on her Olympic rival Nancy Kerrigan in 1994, drawing one of the biggest audiences in the show’s history.