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New Film: A Light Beneath Their Feet

We recently received an email message from Jeffrey Loeb, a film producer, announcing the release of his new film, A Light Beneath Their Feet. We haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but here are the details from Jeffrey: A Light Beneath Their Feet stars 2016 SAG Award-winning actress Taryn Manning (Orange Is the New Black) as a young mother with bipolar disorder struggling with the looming departure of her daughter, the one force of stability in her life. Seventeen-year old Madison Davenport (Noah in From Dusk Till Dawn, and Tina Fey's daughter in Sisters), gives a breakout performance as a daughter struggling with the decision of whether to stay local for college where she can remain the stable rock in her mother's life, or to detach and go to her dream college across country. Kurt Fuller, Nora Dunn, Kali Hawk, Maddie Hasson, and Carter Jenkins give standout supporting performances.
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Lady Dynamite Hits All the Right Notes on Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder—mental illness in general—has not fared well in popular culture. "Crazy" patients and "crazier" doctors populate story lines based on stereotypes and stigma. The last few years have seen some evolution toward more realistic portrayals and narratives, including the movie Silver Linings Playbook and the Broadway musical Next to Normal, telling human stories of illness rather than just punchlines. Add to this burgeoning cannon a new Netflix comedy, Lady Dynamite, by the comedian Maria Bamford.
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“Unlisted” Impressions

Last Thursday, my wife and I attended a viewing of Dr. Delaney Ruston's documentary film Unlisted followed by a panel discussion. The film and panel discussion focused primarily on schizophrenia, but individuals with bipolar disorder and their families face similar struggles. I was very impressed by the keynote speaker, Dr. Alan Breier, MD, who passionately and compassionately described the struggles of people living with schizophrenia. He called schizophrenia the "quintessential human experience," because it affects the two qualities most responsible for making a person feel human: The ability to work The ability to love
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Bipolar Stories

Wishful Drinking

Last night my wife and I watched Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking – the HBO film version of her solo Broadway performance based on her book of the same title. In Wishful Drinking, Fisher recounts the emotional ups and downs of her childhood and career and her struggles with depression and mania, all in a very humorous way. One thing that struck me, and I've noticed this in other situations, is that families are often pretty screwed up and sometimes it's the most "normal" person in the family, the one who seems to really have it all together, takes the hit and ends up with the bipolar label. Then the family treats that person as the crazy one – the problem. I can't claim that this is usually how it plays out, but I've observed it in a couple cases.
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Black Swan

I recently had the pleasure of seeing the new film Black Swan. It is the best movie I have seen this year, and I believe is the best artistic depiction of a psychotic break that I have ever witnessed.
I do NOT recommend it for those who are currently in a fragile mental state or those who are easily upset. The film is VERY...
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