Reviews

“Fascinating doc about doctors who took too long to heal themselves… Scintillates… So many vibrant and articulate participants [recall] their part in a battle that did a great deal to change longstanding (and not yet extinct) prejudices.” The Hollywood Reporter

“Featuring interviews with queer activists next to survivors of electroshock conversion therapy, the film is uplifting despite its subject material, showing how resilience and persistence has always been at the heart of the ongoing LGBTQ+ Rights Movement.” —NYLON

“Suspenseful and furnishing a slam-dunk case about the landmark importance of this event, Cured is probably the best LGBTQ documentary of the year.” Bay Area Reporter

“Riveting … deserves its place alongside other seminal documentaries such as How to Survive a Plague, The Celluloid Closet, Before Stonewall and The Times of Harvey Milk.” —The Queer Review

“Both illuminating and engaging, it’s a timely opportunity to reflect upon a historical context for present-day struggles to ban conversion therapy and to address ongoing transphobia—a measure of how far social change can progress and yet how long-lasting impacts can also stubbornly and inexplicably resist them.” — Georgia Straight

[A] striking documentary. One of the five best LGBTQ+ films we watched [at Outfest]. USA TODAY

“Energizing [and] absorbing… Sammon and Singer have captured something mighty.” The Moveable Fest

“Patrick Sammon and Bennett Singer’s taut, informative 80-minute documentary ‘Cured’ illuminates the hidden history of how LGBTQ activists fought to remove the classification that being gay was a disease.” EDGE Media Network

“Eye-opening… A strong, timely testament to the power of persistence and righteous anger to effect change.” Rage Monthly

“A fitting tribute to many unsung heroes in the gay rights movement … highly recommended for younger viewers in the LGBTQ+ community who may not – but need to – know the history of their peers and their courageous efforts.” Brent Marchant

In the News

CURED was one of only nine documentaries featured at the 2021 edition of BFI Flare, London’s LGBTIQ+ Film Festival. Here’s a summary of the publicity we received. There were dozens of stories about CURED including features, interviews, reviews, and roundups.

Utah Film Center Damn These Heels 2021: Masterful examples of queer historiography and archival activism in Cured, The Utah Review

BBC News published an extensive feature story about the ways in which the mental illness classification was used to justify the denial of rights to LGBTQ Americans. “A new documentary recalls the struggle to change a definition which for years limited the rights of LGBT people in the US. But the film’s makers say the fight for equality was part of a bigger battle which continues today.”

CURED is the 2nd prize winner (out of 150 entrants) in the 2020 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film, which recognizes excellence in historical documentary filmmaking. The prize comes with a cash award of $50,000. The funds will be used to help cover final post-production expenses. The Washington Blade featured a news story with more details about the film and the award.

Queerty published an extensive interview with the co-directors of CURED. “Queerty caught up with Sammon & Singer just ahead of the Outfest premiere to discuss the film, the inspiring heroes it features, and the refreshing example of civil, social conversation that helped queer people on the path to acceptance.”

Deadline Hollywood featured an exclusive premiere of the new trailer for CURED. “With CURED, directors Patrick Sammon (CODEBREAKER) and Bennett Singer (BROTHER OUTSIDER) shed light on the seldom-told story of the LGBTQ activists who went toe-to-toe against the APA to remove homosexuality from its list of mental illnesses.”

Towleroad posted an article about the world premiere of CURED.

Gay Times in the United Kingdom featured an article about the film and the release of the trailer: “Guaranteed to leave you with goosebumps.”

Variety and other outlets reported that 20th Century Fox Television is optioning CURED. The option is to be used as the basis for a limited series on FX. Steven Canals, the co-creator of POSE, is leading the project. CURED co-directors Bennett Singer and Patrick Sammon will serve as producers on the project.

The Bergen Record featured an article in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in June of 2019. The article focuses on the ways in which Stonewall cured gay people — of psychiatrists — and “transformed therapists from enemies to allies in the struggle for equal rights.”

Los Angeles Blade ran a story that highlighted the filmmakers’ participation in the 2019 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

CURED poster with Barbara's hand raised up