OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie
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OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie
Mental illness interrupted his dream of a film-making career. Thirty years later, he's directing the movie of his life. Bud Clayman is one of film's most unlikely heroes. This is a personal story with universal relevance... a wildly original documentary of pain and vulnerability, empowerment, and Bud's quest for belonging. -- (C) Official Site
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It feels like a journey of self-discovery; Clayman constantly reminds us of how difficult that journey is."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"The film brings us vividly inside the life - and head - of its determined hero, Bud Clayman, as he depicts the process of what he calls "getting normal.""
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"At once a remarkable achievement, and a fatally compromised film."
‑ Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"Illustration is the best example of his condition, and it shows that it is just that - a condition, not the defining element of his personality."
‑ Fred Topel, CraveOnline
"Insightful look into the world of the mentally disturbed-by a filmmaker who is also his own subject."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"[An] engaging mix of diaristic, interview-based and whimsical elements."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Through it all, Clayman struggles to keep himself, and "OC87,'' on track - and it's easy to cheer his ultimate triumph."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A work of advocacy, no doubt. But it transcends those parameters, and the condescension such a description connotes, connecting Clayman's struggles to the outside world in smart fashion."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"A warts-and-all biopic about a cautious, creative genius burdened by a vivid imagination apt to take superstitions like 'Step on a crack and you break your mother's back' very seriously."
‑ Kam Williams, AALBC.com
"A tender, painful, and frustrating work of vulnerability, and because of this in some ways deflects critical commentary."
‑ Kalvin Henely, Slant Magazine
"Poignant and personal doc brings filmmaker's mental illness into focus."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"This moving, penetrating documentary records his attempt to describe his conditions, confront them and learn to manage them."
‑ Andy Webster, New York Times
"Just because we hope for someone's therapy to succeed doesn't mean that we want to sit in on every session."
‑ Josh Bell, Las Vegas Weekly
"Stunning example of the redemptive power of art. Despite his considerable disabilities, the subject of this documentary understands what goes into a powerful film. Raw, honest, and engaging, it is the definitive account of what "madness" is about."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews