A Summer in the Cage

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A Summer in the Cage
Directed by Ben Selkow
Produced by Ben Selkow
Written by John Mims
Ben Selkow
Music by Hajo Carl
Cinematography Ben Selkow
Edited by John Mims
Release date
  • October 22, 2007 (2007-10-22)
Running time
82 minutes
Country United States
Language English

A Summer in the Cage is a 2007 documentary film about a man's experiences with bipolar disorder. The film follows the filmmaker's friend Sam and features an interview with mental health scholar Kay Redfield Jamison. It was directed by Benjamin Selkow. The documentary debuted on the Sundance Channel in 2007.


A Summer in the Cage is filmmaker Ben Selkow's feature length documentary chronicling his friend Sam's battle with manic-depressive illness. The film follows Sam for seven years as he suffers delusional manic episodes, battles paralyzing depressions, and tries to escape the legacy of his bipolar father who committed suicide when Sam was eight years old. By showing the difficult emotional impact of being bipolar on Sam, his family, and the filmmaker, A Summer in the Cage puts a human face on an illness that affects millions of American families. But as this dramatic story unfolds and finally reaches an explosive standoff, it also becomes a unique tale about friendship and the ethical responsibilities of a documentary filmmaker.

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