OC87:The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie - 2 DVD Set (Amazon Exclusive)
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Can you make a movie while having mental illness? Bud Clayman is doing it.
Will making a documentary about your mental illness change your life? Maybe.
Mental illness interrupted his dream of a filmmaking career. Thirty years later, he's making the movie of his life. Bud Clayman is one of films' most unlikely heroes. This is a personal story with universal relevance—a wildly original documentary of pain and vulnerability, empowerment, and Bud's quest for belonging.
Throughout his youth, Bud's future was filmmaking. After college in Philadelphia, he headed to Hollywood in search of a break. Instead, he had a breakdown. As mental illness struck, it stuck. When distress and isolation set in, the diagnoses followed. For eight years, Bud lived in a therapeutic community.
Without waiting for his illness to vanish, Bud has reclaimed his quest as a filmmaker. As his camera chronicles the ups and downs of recovery, we also see the experience of what he calls "the fight inside my head." Behind the lens, a parallel journey unfolds as Bud the Director grapples with the challenges of making an incisive, highly personal documentary—a movie that he believes will transform his life.
When problems hit the fan, Bud sometimes feels defeated. More often, he draws strength and skills from therapy, humor, and relationships. Even so, he feels different, and the stigma of mental illness is fierce.
Meanwhile, directing this documentary film stretches Bud in ways that ultimately recast his quest. From the shadows of suffering, a portrait of imperfect courage emerges—a testament to acceptance, change, and hope.
The LA Times hailed OC87 as "uniquely inspiring." The New York Times called it "moving, penetrating" and The New York Post said, "it's easy to cheer his ultimate triumph."
This 2 DVD collector's edition includes over 45 minutes of additional footage and the documentary is closed captioned.
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This film grows on the viewer quickly. It's very personable as it takes a look at the life of Buddy Clayton who suffers from some or all these disorders. The beauty of the film is that it let's someone on the outside journey with Buddy and enter Buddy's mind on a day to day basis. It's impossible for a disease free person to understand the mental thoughts of someone with these diseases without help from someone walking them through it as Buddy has.
I commend Buddy and his staff for producing a "dead on" film.
I do believe through Amazon Reviews and other reviews that this film (in time) will find a place in the mental health media as a MUST to be seen. I give it 1 star for the simplicity of the film, 1 star for covering the complexity of a disease, 1 star for honesty, 1 star for Buddy's bravery, 1 star for overall education! This is a total of 5 stars.
I would like for Buddy to do more in this area helping others through his film work.
People having something to say with this kind of rare candor is not a situation that I ever really expect, it takes a bravery that will and does lift it up. His attitude toward his new-found life at age 47 is the glue that holds Buddy together in society with this type of severe mental illness. I was amazed at each and every turn he made, with his therapist who also suffers from the affliction of OCD himself, his friends, and with his parents' loving support.
Buddy explains to one of his Dr.s (Sally Gever PhD) about what "OC87" means to him. It is actually a state of mind when his Obsessive-Compulsive thoughts are overtaking him; "out of control of everything" is a dark and terrifying place for him. He must constantly be aware of and talk himself through thought-processes that would come into our minds so quickly that we don't even notice them. With Buddy, "these words are a command" (his therapist, Jonathan Grayson PhD, teaches him) and Buddy must choose an action in these terribly difficult times. The film teaches all the different types and ways these thoughts are so intrusive.
The group therapy sessions lend such valuable insight to experiences that people who suffer from mental illness go through every day. The kinds of things that can seem as easy as making a decision are difficult for some and impossible for others. Feelings are forgotten as soon as a person leaves. Remembering those feelings felt within the experience is impossible. This is just a minor look into Asperger's Syndrome (Neuro-biologically based, Autistic-Spectrum Disorder), for Buddy, OCD, and the former overlap at times. Actor and friend Maurice Benard ("Sonny Corinthos" of 'General Hospital'), weighs in about the Bipolar aspect of Buddy's illness. They shared a "breakdown" on the exact date and "feel a connection because of their shared struggle".
I am amazed by writer-filmmaker Buddy Clayman. What his documentary teaches us is brilliant and insightful. It also inspired this personal look at what it is to suffer such illnesses.
It's a film about heartbreak , hope and recovery.
I think it should be a part of all educational training that pertains to the treatment and undestanding
for those who treat and those have a mental health diagnosis
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