TOUCHED WITH FIRE

writer/director/composer

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

                                                                                             

90% Audience Approval on Rotten Tomatoes

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REVIEWS

"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

OTHER PRESS

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 SHOWWATCH

"It captures the heart of the “genius disease". If you see one film this year, make it Touched with Fire." 

 -Dr. Oz

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


BIPOLAR MAGAZINE COVER STORY


MENTAL HEALTH AWARDS/HONORS

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 Feta Honoree


PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS:

NAMI - National Alliance of Mental Illness      

International Bipolar Foundation

DBSA - Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

MHA - Mental Health America

Psych Central

Johns Hopkins 

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