A Summer in the Cage is a feature-length documentary about Sam's battle with manic-depressive illness--a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person's mood, energy, and ability to function marked by manic highs and depressive lows, also known as bipolar disorder. The film begins before Sam's diagnosis with bipolar disorder and follows him through his seven-year battle to repair the damage of delusional manic episodes, overcome paralyzing depressions, and escape the legacy of a bipolar father who committed suicide when Sam was eight.
- PRISM Award for Bipolar Disorder Depiction (Nominated)
2008 Prism Awards (United States)
"I highly recommend A Summer in the Cage. It is an extraordinary film: powerful, affecting and honest."
-Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison, Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University
Author of An Unquiet Mind and Touched with Fire
"A Summer in the Cage is an exceptional and deeply humanizing look at bipolar disorder. The result is a haunting film about the power and the limits of a friendship to save a good man from his inner demons."
-Tim Dickinson, National Affairs Contributing Editor
A powerful documentary~written by oakislandgirl on Jun 7th, 2012read all my reviews
this review is from: A Summer in the Cage (ON DEMAND)
This is a very moving and heartfelt documentary about a young man dealing with a mental illness that he feared for his entire life. Through the lens he takes us on a journey of the highs and very lows of Manic Depression and he is very self aware at the same time, which I find very impressive. The relationship he has with the film director is also full of highs and lows. This is about awareness, self discovery and at times pain. I really enjoyed this and my teens watched with me, very informative and important for all of us to learn more and break the taboos of mental illnesses. Great job to the director and Sam~!