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