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Through The Lens: 'Cracked Up'

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Darrell Hammond getting make-up applied backstage at Saturday Night Live

When you think about Darrell Hammond, you probably think of the impressions he did on Saturday Night Live, not the childhood abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother.  Director Michelle Esrick’s new film, Cracked Up, tells Hammond’s story of trauma, repressed memory and recovery.

RadioWest divider.

When you think about the comedian Darrell Hammond, you probably think of the impressions he did on Saturday Night Live during the ‘90s and 2000s. His Bill Clinton imitation sounded more like the former president than even Clinton himself. But you might not associate Hammond with some of the most pivotal experiences of his life: the abuses his mother inflicted upon him when he was a child. Director Michelle Esrick’s new film, Cracked Up, tells Hammond’s story of trauma, repressed memory and recovery.

We're screening Cracked Up on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Details here.

You can listen to director Michelle Esrick's Ted Talk about making the film Cracked Up here.

GUESTS

  • Michelle Esrick, award-winning documentary filmmaker of, most recently, Cracked Up. 

  • Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, psychiatrist, author and educator. He is the author of, most recently,
    The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.