Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A Summer in the Cage nominated for a PRISM award

A Summer in the Cage has been nominated for a PRISM award for "Bipolar Disorder Depiction."

The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc. (EIC) annually presents the PRISM Awards™, a nationally-televised awards show recognizing the accurate depiction of drug, alcohol and tobacco use and addiction in film, television, interactive, music, video, and comic book entertainment. 

The awards ceremony will be April 24th in Los Angeles.

The fellow nominees are Michael Clayton, Friday Night Lights (TV), and Half of Us.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Summer in the Cage on Sundance Channel 3/6/08 10AM

Sundance Channel is re-airing A Summer in the Cage tomorrow March 6, 2008 at 10:00 AM. It will air again on Sundance Channel March 24, 2008 at 11:30 AM.

A Summer in the Cage follows the friendship and eventual explosive downfall of a documentary filmmaker and his embattled subject who is diagnosed with manic-depressive illness. The film is a seven year chronicle. The film contains interviews with Johns Hopkins University author, professor and renown clinician Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, who herself is bipolar.

Much more on the film at

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

6 days and counting...questions remain

The cable television premiere of A SUMMER IN THE CAGE is right around the corner on Sundance Channel at 9pm on Monday, October 22, 2007. A DocDay premiere.

I have to say I am bit nervous, excited and curious. I wonder what will be the the response by the public audience. I wonder how mental health professionals will react to the film. I wonder how Sam will respond, if he watches it.

Sam's mother and sister have seen A SUMMER IN THE CAGE and have been outrageously supportive and generous. But we all think about Sam in this, even as we are trying to use the film as a jump off for advocacy. The conundrum that the film could provide some community and relief for those afflicted and their families, but not Sam weighs on us.

This dilemma takes me back to some of the questions this film raised for me in the first place...when do you turn the camera off? I still am not sure how to answer that.

We had a screening of the film at Tribeca Cinemas in Manhattan sponsored by the IFP. After the screening, there was a Q&A and I was asked how the making of this film will shape my approach to documentary filmmaking in the future. I said and felt that I would need to be even more fierce in the future. Again, from a filmmaking standpoint there is no question to that assertion. Yet these are still human stories being told and respect for them is imperative. I still have not resolved these questions.

Huffington Post Blog

Recently the Huffington Post posted a blog from me regarding mental health.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Coming Soon!

Stay tuned, the Summer in the Cage blog is coming soon!