OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger’s Movie (2010)

74.

★★★★

Directed by: Bud Clayman, Glenn Holsten
Written by: Bud Clayman, Scott Johnston
Starring: Buddy Clayman, Jeff Bell and Maurice Benard

All on film

It was 1987 when Buddy Clayman’s mental illness was at its height. As a film and TV student at Temple University, Buddy retreated from human contact because of the combined symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder, major depression, bipolar and asperger’s, which were making him see the world through a very sharp focus on the negative and the antisocial.

After years of therapy and support from his parents and filmmaking friends, OC87 is Buddy’s product. In trying to show the world that the limits created and imposed on our lives can be overcome with the right measure of love and passion, Buddy meets his own limitations and faces them with a smile and bravery rarely captured so naturally and engagingly in documentary film.

As Buddy creatively explains and expresses his experience of mental illness through film – helped along the way with interesting interviews and memories of his childhood – OC87 is a touching and memorable film that produces a message of hope that feels as authentic and real as its central subject.

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