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New Film: A Light Beneath Their Feet

A Light Beneath Their FeetWe 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.

Authentic Portrayal of Bipolar Disorder

So often in films, the portrayal of mentally ill characters are overblown and played to be sensational. That is not what we wanted from our film; it was imperative that Taryn Manning’s performance as Gloria be subtle, nuanced, and most important — authentic. To ensure authenticity, we sought advice from psychiatric experts as well as from those living with bipolar disorder. We studied memoirs written by authors living with bipolar disorder to get a better understanding of how the condition not only affects a person’s inner thoughts, but also manifests in her physicality. Linea and Cinda Johnson, authors of Perfect Chaos, an extremely personal and detailed account of Linea’s struggle to survive bipolar disorder and her mother’s attempt to save her, were particularly gracious to speak with director Valerie Weiss and Taryn Manning and provide additional insights into specific thoughts and behaviors Linea experiences living with bipolar disorder and those leading up to her suicide attempts.

How to Watch It

A Light Beneath Their Feet is available to watch at home on TV and on any digital device through various streaming platforms:

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Beat, B. (2016). New Film: A Light Beneath Their Feet. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 21, 2019, from


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