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  • Summary: Can you make a movie while having mental illness? Bud Clayman is doing it. Will making a documentary about your mental illness change your life? Maybe. Mental illness interrupted Bud's dream of a filmmaking career. Thirty years later, he’s making the movie of his life. This is a personal story with universal relevance as Bud documents his quest for belonging. (Fisher Klingenstein Films) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jun 8, 2012
    80
    OC87 serves both its subject and its viewers well by chronicling a process that is actually insightful, entertaining and apparently successful.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jun 7, 2012
    80
    The film brings us vividly inside the life - and head - of its determined hero, Bud Clayman, as he depicts the process of what he calls "getting normal."
  3. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    May 25, 2012
    75
    Through it all, Clayman struggles to keep himself, and OC87, on track - and it's easy to cheer his ultimate triumph.
  4. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    May 23, 2012
    70
    To be sure, there are more artful and focused documentaries, but OC87 still stands as moving evidence that Clayman's trust in the value of the filmmaking process ultimately outweighed the extreme difficulty he says he has making even the smallest decisions.
  5. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    May 29, 2012
    65
    Yet as viewers, we may instinctively crave more than what Clayman alone can offer us. Segments where he cedes screen time to others, including the bipolar General Hospital actor and mental-health advocate Maurice Benard, are a relief.
  6. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    May 24, 2012
    63
    A tender, painful, and frustrating work of vulnerability, and because of this in some ways deflects critical commentary.
  7. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Sep 13, 2012
    50
    It's unclear where the buck stops in terms of creative authority – at one point, Clayman complains that "the only thing I feel in control of is the money" – which renders OC87 at once a remarkable achievement, and a fatally compromised film.

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