About the Film
Ride the Tiger: A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain - Preview A documentary that tells the stories of individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
The reality of bipolar disorder is hard to fathom: nearly six million Americans have been diagnosed with the disorder and yet so little is known about how the illness manifests itself in our brains. On April 13, 2016 Detroit Public Television (DPTV) brought you Ride the Tiger: A Guide Through the Bipolar Brain, a one-hour documentary that tells the stories of highly accomplished individuals who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Narrated by David Ogden Stiers (American Experience), co-written by National Book Award-winning author Andrew Solomon (The Noonday Demon) and directed by duPont-Columbia Award-winner, Ed Moore, the documentary seeks to find out where the biological breakdowns occur and how we can possibly pre-empt, fix or rewire our brains back to recovery.
“The popular headline we keep hearing today is ‘Rewire your brain for happiness'," said Ed Moore executive producer, National Documentary Unit at Detroit Public Television. "And while it’s not that simple for those with severe mental illness, there is some truth to it—that the brain is far more malleable than we ever knew. And researchers are just now starting to understand how that works and how it could be harnessed for future treatments.”
Ride The Tiger weaves together brave and compelling stories of people with mood disorders with a new narrative of scientists and scholars on the cusp of discovery. It explores questions and connections that are spurring four scientific disciplines of mental health research: genetics, the brain, treatment, and basic science.