A SUMMER IN THE CAGE is filmmaker Ben Selkow's feature-length documentary
chronicling his friend Sam's battle with manic-depressive illness,
also known as bipolar disorder. The film follows Sam for seven years
as he suffers delusional manic episodes, battles paralyzing depressions,
and tries to escape the legacy of his father. By showing the difficult
emotional impact of being bipolar on Sam, his family, and the filmmaker,
A Summer in the Cage hopes to put a human face on an illness
that affects millions of American families. But as this dramatic
story unfolds, it also becomes a unique tale about friendship and
the ethical responsibilities of a documentary filmmaker. The intent
was to make a film about successfully living with, and managing, a
mental illness. Throughout the process and when the Hollywood ending
proves too elusive, the filmmaker and the subject are forced to
ask themselves, "When do you turn off the camera?"
IS BIPOLAR DISORDER or MANIC-DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS?
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