Millions of Americans have OCD or better known as Obsessive Compulsion Disorder. And some OCD sufferers go through certain anxiety, depression, and extreme hoarding or even with sexual, violent and religious thoughts.
Director Bud Clayman self-financed his own documentary to show audiences his mental illness that was first diagnosed back in college. His OCD disrupted his filmmaking career, but thirty-years later he had a chance to tell a story—his life living with OCD.
The documentary follows Clayman as he re-traced the steps of his life from Philadelphia and Hollywood with the struggles with OCD. It also captured his quest trying to recover from the mental illness and explained the conditions behind it.
With the help of a small crew, Clayman tells the story in combination with video diaries and interviews with his therapist and family members.
He also managed to interview Hispanic actor Maurice Benard (“General Hospital”) about his bipolar disorder and radio news anchor Jeff Bell about his OCD.
“OC87” is a refreshing look into a mental disease that everyone has heard of and without a complete understanding on the sufferings living with OCD. Clayman used a good blend of nerdy humor and touching interviews that gives us a real human side to OCD sufferers.
The interviews with Benard and Bell were interesting to show how these men would not let their mental illness stand in the way of their prospering careers. Benard showed Clayman on how he used boxing to release the mental frustrations of his bipolar disorder and Bell explained about just confronting his fears.
Benard made his first appearance on “General Hospital” in 1993 as Sonny Corinthos and received an Emmy Nomination in 1996. And Bell is a 20-year veteran of radio and television news. Bell currently co-anchors the afternoon news at San Francisco’s KCBS Radio.
The best part of the documentary is how Clayman described his life with OCD and Asperger’s Disease. He showed his compulsion to hoard unnecessary items in his apartment and trying to resist violent thoughts when he is in public.
After watching the documentary, it makes one realize that OCD is just not necessarily about Howie Mandel’s obsessive cleanliness and fear of germs. But a range and variety of OCD sufferers that helps one understand this common mental illness.
It is a delightful human tale that opens our eyes into the world of OCD. For Clayman, it was a brave move to put his mental illness on to film.
Directors Glenn Holsten (“Saint of 9/11”) and Scott Johnson also helmed the project.
“OC87” will be released in limited locations beginning in New York on May 25th and then expanded to Los Angeles on June 8th and San Francisco on June 15th.
Check out the trailer below.