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This article is about the film. For the medical act, see self-medication.

Self Medicated
File:Self-Medicated Final Poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Directed by Monty Lapica
Produced by Thomas Bell
Monty Lapica
Written by Monty Lapica
Starring Diane Venora
Monty Lapica
Greg Germann
Michael Bowen
Music by Anthony Marinelli
Cinematography Denis Maloney
Editing by Timothy Kendall
Distributed by THINKFilm
Release date(s)
Running time 107 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Self Medicated is a 2005 independent film based on real-life events from writer/director/lead actor Monty Lapica about Andrew, a troubled teenager whose mother has him kidnapped at age 17 by a private company and forcibly committed to a locked-down psychiatric institute.


On the edges of Las Vegas, 17-year-old Andrew’s life is spiraling out of control. Unable to cope with the loss of his father, Andrew’s descent into drugs and violence is gaining momentum, and the once promising young man is now headed for self-destruction (in what Variety calls “an especially blistering performance by Monty Lapica”).

Andrew’s mother (Golden Globe nominee Diane Venora), helpless to control her son and fighting an addiction of her own, refuses to watch idly as her only child destroys himself. As a last resort, she hires a private company to forcibly kidnap and confine him in a locked-down and corrupt psychiatric hospital. As Andrew is subjected to the secret physical and emotional abuses of the program something inside him is re-awakened. He must somehow get free to save what’s left of his life, but to do that, he knows he must first face his own demons head-on.


The film has toured the festival circuit extensively, collecting 39 awards.

Reviews have been generally favorable. The Hollywood Reporter said there was "a raw, unmannered intensity in Lapica's performance sets the requisite tone for the entire production. Self- Medicated is just what the doctor ordered." , and Daily Variety said the film was "a searing portrait of an out-of-control youth . . . strong acting from all quarters and an especially blistering performance from Lapica. Packs a startling punch!"


The film was theatrically released on August 31, 2007 in 15 markets, including New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Boston, San Diego, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver, Portland, Seattle, Indianapolis, Phoenix, Austin, and Las Vegas.


  • Rome Independent Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize
  • Australian International Film Festival – Best Feature Film/Best Actress (Diane Venora)
  • 2007 Angel Award Winner
  • 2006 PRISM Award Winner
  • WorldFest International Film Festival – Gold Remi Award
  • Phoenix Film FestivalSundance Channel Audience Award/Best Ensemble Acting
  • Berkeley Film Festival – Best Feature
  • Memphis International Film Festival – Best Feature
  • Tahoe/Reno International Film Festival – Best Spotlight Feature
  • Newport Beach International Film Festival – Best First Feature
  • San Luis Obispo International Film Festival – Best Feature
  • Zion International Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize
  • Santa Fe Film Festival – Best of the Southwest
  • Tiburon International Film Festival – Best Actor (Monty Lapica)
  • DIY Film Festival – Best Feature/Best Director
  • George Lindsey Film Festival – Best Feature
  • Cosmos International Film Festival – Best Feature
  • Flint International Film Festival – Competition Jury Prize
  • Twin Rivers Film Festival – Feature Film Award
  • Zoie Film Festival – Best Picture
  • Big Island Film Festival – Best Feature/Up-And-Coming Filmmaker Award
  • Santa Clarita Film Festival – Best Feature/Fuji Best Feature Shot on Film
  • Lake Arrowhead Film Festival – Best Feature
  • Trenton International Film Festival – Best Screenplay
  • BridgeFest Film Festival Canada – Best Feature
  • Staten Island Film Festival – Best New Filmmaker
  • Estes Park Film Festival – Best Feature/Audience Award
  • Tony Bennett / Mike Agassi Foundation – Inspiration Award
  • VisionFest Film Festival – Best Feature/Best Actor (Monty Lapica)/Best Editing
  • Charlotte Film Festival – Audience Award


See also

External links

  • Internet Movie Database
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