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LA Times, Gary Goldstein “Uniquely Inspiring!” 

New York Times, Andy Webster “Moving, penetrating!” 

Huffington Post, George Heymont “A remarkable achievement for the filmmaker… a film of surprising intimacy … OC87 helps to explain the emotional pain someone like Clayman suffers from obsessing over poor judgments, inappropriate statements, and moments that would otherwise roll off a normal person’s back. It is a film in which a grown man reacts to some situations like a child, dreads regressing from the progress he has made, and continually struggles to rejoin the human race.”

New York Post, Lou Lumenick “Through it all, Clayman struggles to keep himself, and “OC87,” on track – and it’s easy to cheer his ultimate triumph.”

New York Daily News, Joe Neumaier “Clayman, who co-directed with filmmaker friends, is fascinating company. The camera allows a necessary distance for him, as evidenced by the ladies who sit with him at a speed-dating session. They don’t get him, but he’s not the one missing out.”

Time Out New York, Andrew Schenker “Rendered with cinematic brio and forceful clarity.”

Film Journal International, Eric Monder “Insightful look into the world of the mentally disturbed-by a filmmaker who is also his own subject.”

NPR, Andrew Lapin “A message of hope”


Larry Real, MD, Medical Director, Horizon House, Philadelphia, PA, Director, Center for Excellence and Innovation in Public Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania “OC87 takes viewers beyond the genre of movies that include Shine, A Beautiful Mind, and The Soloist. An engaging strength of this entertaining documentary is that we see how a person with severe mental illness needn’t be a genius or a virtuoso to be worthy of our respect, admiration, and love. Instead, the person can be a teacher, a waiter, a student, or Bud Clayman – a late-blooming filmmaker with a great sense of humor who’s doing his best to get by. OC87 reminds us that when people with mental illness invest in what gives their lives meaning, they enrich and dignify our communities with their embodiment of courage, hope, and resilience.”

Sara Watters, LMHC, Windhorse Integrative Mental Health, MA “Funny, poignant, moving – this film is transformational.”

Eric Emery, PhD, Spirit of Gheel, PA “An extraordinary description of the pain, anguish, and courage of the journey through serious mental illness. The loving intentions of Buddy’s family members, film crew, therapy team, and Buddy fully emerge.”

Willem Leenman, MHSA, Forty Seven Main Street, Inc., VT “This documentary provides hope to anyone suffering from mental illness. It comforts family members. To anyone working in the mental health field: see this film – it will help you understand.”

John Ahman, MA, LADC Westbridge Community Services, MA “Each scene becomes more meaningful… so many great moments – mesmerizing, informative, and zany humorous.”

Richard Karges, LISW, ACSW, Hopewell Therapeutic Farm Community, OH “Profound… this film is great ‘connector’ that enhances the audience’s understanding of the potential for recovery and success.”

Deborah Betts, Hundred Acres Homestead, VT “An inspiration – THANK YOU! This film is transformation in its highest form – a story of accepting ‘what is’ and moving through a reconnecting and healing process, no matter how long it takes.”