OC87:The Obsessive Compulsive Major Depression Bipolar Asperger's Movie
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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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It's generally an upbeat film, showing Buddy in good, healthy social situations with friends, coworkers, therapists, and family. He's most often shown laughing and having a good time. Buddy certainly seems to have a good attitude toward life. He also seems to be at a good place in the period of his life when he's making the film. What's missing somewhat is coverage of Buddy's more difficult and troubled moments, alone. Those are the hardest times for patients to deal with, and it describes those times only in the recollections of the film maker and people who know him. The documentary would have been more complete if it had shown him in some of his darker moments.
Overall, I found it moving, insightful.and enlightening. I especially loved how Clayman integrated footage from Lost in Space while describing its significance in his life and dreams.
Like the actor/boxer, and the broadcaster, the distraction is therapeutic.
Story about a man with mental illness who has low self-esteem, loneliness, fears, anxiety and troubles that go with.it. He has great talent ,though, and he speaks to all of us who watch the movie with real life sincerity. I loved it!