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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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