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 An Official Selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival

 A screening of the documentary and panel discussion to raise public awareness of bipolar disorder and to benefit the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund at the University of Michigan Depression Center.

The film tells the heartbreaking story of Evan Perry, a 15-year-old boy
who took his own life after a lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder.


5 - 6:30 p.m. VIP Reception for our sponsors with remarks by University of Michigan faculty & the filmmaker
7 - 8:30 p.m. Screening of “Boy Interrupted”
8:30 - 9:30 p.m. Panel Discussion with the filmmaker, students & researchers affiliated with the University of Michigan Depression Center

The film recounts Evan’s life and death in the words of his parents, filmmakers Hart and Dana Perry, and others who knew him. His suicide sent his parents looking for answers from experts, friends and family members, as well as from the reams of video they’d taken of Evan through the years. Illustrating how one family deals with loss and grief, this moving film confronts the stigma associated with mental illness and suicide among children.

Bipolar Disorder is a chronic brain illness marked by extreme and impairing changes in mood, energy, and behavior. The average suicide rate of children and adults suffering from Bipolar Disorder is 10 to 20 times that of the general population.

The Prechter Bipolar Research Fund’s goal is to find better treatments, individualized solutions, and, ultimately, a cure for Bipolar Disorder.

For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, information, or if you would like to help us get the word out about this event, please contact:

Kat Bergman, Marketing & Communications Specialist



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