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Mip TV Picks 2008: A Summer in the Cage

A Summer in the Cage is a feature-length peek into the relationship between filmmaker Ben Selkow and his friend Sam Murchison, who suffers from bipolar disorder.
March 31, 2008


A Summer in the Cage is a feature-length peek into the relationship between filmmaker Ben Selkow and his friend Sam Murchison, who suffers from bipolar disorder. More familiar to many as manic depression, a bipolar disorder is an affliction that causes dramatic shifts in personality, from dizzying highs to abysmal depressions. The film follows Murchison for seven years, through high and low periods, until a final confrontation between the filmmaker and his subject.

Though an incredible insight into the condition, the film is more than just a voyeuristic peek into a broken brain. As the filmmaker suggests, ‘it also becomes a unique tale about friendship and the ethical responsibilities of a documentary filmmaker… Ultimately, the film asks the question: when do you turn off the camera?’ Partners: 34lukefilms (New York) in association with Sundance Channel (US) and distributed by re:think Entertainment (Toronto)
Aired: Sundance Channel, October 2007
Length: 52/82 minutes
Rights available: All worldwide, excluding the US

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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