OC87 is a very good film. Bud Clayman does an excellent job of articulating his obsessive compulsive thinking, giving good insight and a rare glimpse into the thought processes that accompany not only OCD but also depression and paranoia. This can be very helpful to patients, professionals and family.
It's generally an upbeat film, showing Buddy in good, healthy social situations with friends, coworkers, therapists, and family. He's most often shown laughing and having a good time. Buddy certainly seems to have a good attitude toward life. He also seems to be at a good place in the period of his life when he's making the film. What's missing somewhat is coverage of Buddy's more difficult and troubled moments, alone. Those are the hardest times for patients to deal with, and it describes those times only in the recollections of the film maker and people who know him. The documentary would have been more complete if it had shown him in some of his darker moments...
I find most films about mental illness are unbearably sad. This film-maker pokes fun at himself, his parents and the frustrations of those who try to work with him. There is a lot of "New York" humor that may not work in the Heartland. However, I found it delightful and remarkable that after many years of an inability to do anything, Bud Clayton put together a film that is eye-opening for anyone who knows nothing about mental illness and inspirational to anyone who may be struggling to regain balance after developing a mental illness.
First, having some experience with similar issues, the fact that he started, and I'm assuming finished this project, was a HUGH step for Buddy. I can only imagine he contemplated it for many years before actually beginning the process. When you, day to day, have no feelings, of sadness, enjoyment, achievement or any other drive, then there is really very little point in doing much, weather it be paying bills, taking a walk, calling a friend, making your bed, or much less making a film. So I give him a thumbs up for it, and like his father said, its not about the project being a financial success, the success is that he had something inside to drive him, and ironically it probably wasn't a feeling, you just do it. Like the actor/boxer, and the broadcaster, the distraction is therapeutic.
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