Lichtenstein Creative Media, Inc. is a Peabody Award-winning independent media production company located in New York City. LCM has extensive multi-media production, distribution and educational outreach experience, particularly in the areas of mental health and social issues.
LCM produces and distributes The Infinite
Mind, a weekly radio show focusing on the art and science
of the human mind and spirit, behavior, and mental health. The
program is hosted by the former Director of the National Institute
of Mental Health, Dr. Fred Goodwin, and features weekly commentaries
by John Hockenberry, one of public radio's most respected voices.
The program is produced in association with WNYC/NY and is airing
in 200 markets across the country including in such top ten cities
as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Washington,
DC, and Boston.
The Infinite Mind has been honored with more than 20 major broadcast
and health awards, including three EDI Awards (from National Easter
Seals), a Clarion Award, three National Headliner Awards, three
International Radio Festivals awards, and four separate Unity
Awards in Media from Lincoln University in Missouri. Among the
programs honored were shows on Men and Suicide, Autism,
and a report on the closing of a psychiatric hospital in Philadelphia.
LCM also produced West 47th Street,
a documentary film for theatrical and broadcast release featuring
people living with serious mental illness. Inspired by the Voices
of an Illness radio series, the film will tell the stories
of three years in the life of members of Fountain House, a highly-acclaimed
mental health community support and rehabilitation program in
New York City.
Other LCM media productions in development include If I Get Out Alive, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress and youth advocate Diane Keaton, a one-hour public radio documentary which exposes the systematic brutality faced by juveniles in the adult prison system; "Voices," a made-for-television movie featuring the life of Murray Frances, a psychiatrist who recovered from schizophrenia, being co-produced with Michael Rhodes Productions; and No Condom, No Way!, an AIDS educational video with a "hip-hop" theme aimed at saving the lives of street and homeless youths.
Recent LCM productions include Peers and Partners, a 20-minute video documentary for and about the International Center for Clubhouse Development which documents the development and international growth of the mental health clubhouse program throughout the world and AMI On The Air, a public service announcement campaign created for the Alliance for the Mentally Ill of New York State (AMI/NYS). The radio spots, distributed to over 500 radio stations across the state, featured AMI/NYS members offering compelling first-person accounts of the "help, support and advocacy" they received from the organization.
LCM's corporate projects have included marketing and promotional videos for J. Walter Thompson, Kidder Peabody & Company, LePercq Capital Partners, Paine Webber, Chase Manhattan, N.A. and the Harvard Capital Group. LCM also created the pilot for an international news program emanating from the Pacific Rim for Telejapan.
LCM created and produced the highly-acclaimed Voices of an Illness radio documentary series which has provided millions with an extraordinary window on serious mental illness since the series premiere in 1992. The National Institute of Mental Health hailed the series as having "truly set new standards of creativity and scientific accuracy in broadcast journalism about mental illness." The Voices of an Illness series has been honored with 23 major broadcast journalism and mental health awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting, television and radio's highest honor. The series also received top honors from the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Psychiatric Association, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the National Mental Health Association, the National Easter Seal Society and the American Medical Writers Association. This three-part series was created by LCM founder and president Bill Lichtenstein as a way of relating his own experience following his recovery from manic depression.
Depression: Voices of an Illness, narrated by Rod Steiger, premiered in May 1996 during National Mental Health Month. Response from radio stations and the public was overwhelming. The show also generated significant press coverage, including a Newsweek story about Rod Steiger's recovery from depression that was assigned after a senior editor heard the program on his local station. The program has received a 1997 Robert L. Robinson Award from the American Psychiatric Association, an EDI Award from the National Easter Seal Society for broadcast journalism that promotes "equality, dignity and independence" for disabled people, a media award from the National Mental Health Association and a broadcast award from the International Radio Festival of New York.
The second show in the series, Schizophrenia: Voices of an Illness, narrated by Jason Robards, was the first documentary to feature people with the thought disorder telling their own stories in their own words. The documentary began airing in October 1994, and has been broadcast on more than 260 National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country, including stations in virtually every Top 50 market. In a feature article on the program, Time magazine called it "a remarkable documentary." The show has received eleven major awards, including a 1994 George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting -- television and radio's highest honor -- and a 1995 Grand EDI Award from the National Easter Seal Society. The program also received two awards from the 1994 International Radio Festival of New York for the Best Writing and Best Health and Medical Program, and honors from the American Psychiatric Association.
The first program in the Voices of an Illness series, Manic Depression: Voices of an Illness, narrated by Patty Duke, received an "unprecedented listener response," according to NPR Audience Services, when it was first broadcast on NPR stations in 1992. Additionally, the program has been awarded seven national broadcast journalism and mental health awards. These include four honors at the 1993 International Radio Festival of New York, among them a Gold Medal for Best Public Affairs Program, and the "Unity Award in Media" for coverage of issues affecting minorities and the disadvantaged.
The Voices of an Illness series was presented with the 1995 Outstanding Public Education Through the Media Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and with the 1996 Media Award from the National Mental Health Association. In addition, Bill Lichtenstein received a 1994 Public Service Award from the National Institute of Mental Health for his efforts in promoting public awareness of serious mental illness. More than 40,000 copies of the Voices of an Illness programs have been distributed to people with a psychiatric disability, families, clinicians, journalists, libraries, schools, media, mental health groups and others.