Lauren Damen of Media Mikes reviews Off Label:
"For me, the film’s most powerful figure is Mary Weiss. Weiss committed
her 26-year-old son, Dan Markingson, for psychiatric help. Though he was
committed, his personal consent to be put into a closed clinical study
for anti-psychotics was irreversible by Weiss as he was not a minor.
What resulted was Weiss being incapable of pulling her son from the drug
study even though she could tell he was much worse off and eventually
he committed a grisly suicide. Weiss became dedicated to fighting
corruption within the drug testing system and in the film she is a
striking and passionate interviewee. When she speaks to the filmmakers
she is composed but the rage she has felt since losing Dan is palpable.
Her account of her son’s death is haunting and I suspect will have many
viewers rally to her cause. She is truly remarkable."
Off Label is being shown at Hot Docs, the Canadian International Documentary Festival, on April 28, 29 and May 5.