A Summer In The Cage w/ filmmaker Ben Selkow

Date/Time
Date(s) - Friday 10/24/2008
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 

Still image from A Summer in the Cage.

A stunning portrait of a battle with manic-depressive (bipolar) disorder that puts a human face on an illness that affects millions of American families. 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—but when the Hollywood ending proves too elusive, the filmmaker and the subject are forced to ask themselves, "When do you turn off the camera?"

Filmmaker Ben Selkow will be on hand to introduce this film and lead a discussion afterwards.

Watch the trailer for A Summer in the Cage.

This event is co-sponsored by The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley.

 

Our press release:

FILM ABOUT BIPOLAR DISORDER SHREDS STEREOTYPES
Documentary shows the human face of a common mental illness

Troy, NY – Rising filmmaker Ben Selkow will present his award-winning
documentary film about a friend’s struggle with manic-depressive
(bipolar) disorder on October 24, 2008, at 7pm, at The Sanctuary for
Independent Media (3361 6th Avenue in north Troy). An important film
on a little-discussed topic that affects many American families, "A
Summer in the Cage" is Selkow’s stunning portrait of a friend’s battle
with manic depression and its effect on his family and friends.
Admission to this event is by donation ($10 suggested, $5 student/low
income). Call 518-272-2390 for more information; for directions to The
Sanctuary for Independent Media:
http://www.mediasanctuary.org/directions

The event is co-sponsored by the Independent Living Center of the
Hudson Valley, which provides services and advocacy by and for persons
with all types of disabilities.

"A Summer in the Cage" follows Selkow’s friend 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. When the "Hollywood ending" proved too
elusive, the filmmaker and the subject are forced to ask themselves,
"When do you turn off the camera?"

"I saw this film earlier this year at a film festival," says Sanctuary
programmer Penny Lane, "and I had never seen anything like it. The
video diaries made by Sam during his manias are some of the most raw
and powerful images I have ever encountered." Lane was compelled to
bring the film and its maker to her community after witnessing the
dialogue the film provoked in the audience.

"Quite frankly, one of the most powerful documentaries I have seen,"
says author Peter Earley (CRAZY: A Father’s Search Through America’s
Mental Health Madness), "I do not know of any other filmmaker who has
captured the frantic highs of mania, the devastation of depression and
roller coaster of ordinary life that a person with a diagnosis of
bipolar disorder experiences."

Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, well known professor, author and psychiatrist, highly recommended the film, calling it "powerful, affecting and honest."

Ben Selkow is the director/producer/director of photography/writer of "A Summer in the Cage," which premiered on the Sundance Channel in
October 2007 and is being distributed for home video by Indiepix. The
film was nominated for a 2008 Prism Bipolar Disorder Depiction Award.
In 2003, Ben was a participant in the annual Sundance Producer’s
Conference at the Sundance Institute in Utah.

Mr. Selkow is available for interviews and can be reached at bselkow@gmail.com. The DVD can be purchased at www.cagethemovie.com or at http://www.indiepixfilms.com/film/3559.

The Sanctuary for Independent Media is a telecommunications production
facility dedicated to community media arts, located in an historic
former church at 3361 6th Avenue in north Troy, NY. The Sanctuary
hosts screening, production and performance facilities, training in
media production and a meeting space for artists, activists and
independent media makers of all kinds.

The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley seeks to help
persons with disabilities do for themselves instead of depending on
others to do for them. The majority of our staff and Board of
Directors are persons with a disability. Our approach is rooted in the
philosophy of self-reliance and self-determination.

Links/more info:
The Sanctuary for Independent Media: http://www.mediasanctuary.org/
Film website/trailer: http://cagethemovie.com/
Hi-res stills and press kit: http://cagethemovie.com/press.html
The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley: http://www.ilchv.org/

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