Two bipolar poets meet in a psychiatric hospital and begin a romance which brings out all the horror and beauty of their condition until they have to choose between sanity and love.
"An extraordinarily sensitive, nonjudgmental exploration of bipolar disorder and creativity." FULL REVIEW
"Courageous and accomplished - a gift to the young and passionately creative." FULL REVIEW
"The expression “madly in love” proves apt for the lead characters in writer-director Paul Dalio's sensitively detailed and emotionally compelling drama - They mesh, they impress, they move." FULL REVIEW
"Sheds fresh light on the unique ways in which manic-depressive individuals experience love and creativity."FULL REVIEW
"Catapults the audience into the minds of a bipolar person - authentically conveys the highest of highs and unbearable lows of mental illness." FULL REVIEW
"Dalio establishes a gentle, honest tone that never wavers — and demonstrates a knack for vivid imagery that makes him a filmmaker to watch." FULL REVIEW
ELLE MAGAZINE - DIRECTOR'S SPOTLIGHT
"Dalio's script and direction, and the marvelously evocative score he composed for the film as well, are all of a caliber that easily takes us far beyond movie-of-the-week territory." FULL ARTICLE
CHARLIE ROSE INTERVIEW
DR. OZ SHOW - WATCH
"It captures the heart of the “genius disease". If you see one film this year, make it Touched with Fire."
THE HUFFINGTON POST "GIFTED WITH BIPOLAR"
"Touched with Fire is a unique love story that breaks outside conventional boundaries and explores dramatic emotional extremes"
- Arianna Huffington
INTERVIEW WITH BOB ROTH OF THE DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION
SAMSHA voice award
International bipolar foundation Vision Award
Sang Foundation Shining Star Award
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services 2017 Erasing the Stigma Award
Fountain House 2016 Fall Fete Honoree
NAMI - National Alliance of Mental Illness
International Bipolar Foundation
DBSA - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
MHA - Mental Health America
Bring Change to Mind
NNDC - National Network of Depressions Center
Partners for Strong Minds
The International Society for Bipolar Disorders
The Sang Foundation
The Shine Initiative
The Fountain House