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‘OC87’ A ‘Painful And Encouraging’ Self-Portrait

Robert Siegel talks with Bud Clayman — director of the documentary OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive Major Depression Bipolar Asperger’s Movie. Clayman always wanted to be a filmmaker, but a mental breakdown years ago interrupted that dream. Now, nearly 30 years later, Clayman has produced and directed a chronicle of what living with mental illness is really like.

Listen to the full interview on NPR.

Soon after college, mental illness interrupted Bud Clayman’s dreams of a filmmaking career. Thirty years later, he’s made the movie of his life. After making this documentary, Bud founded the website OC87 Recovery Diaries, which expands on that story by allowing others to share their own stories of mental health, empowerment, and change.