Title: Touched With Fire (aka. Mania Days)
Directed by: Paul Dalio
Written by: Paul Dalio
Starring: Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby and Christine Lahti
Release Date: 2/12/2016
Running Time: 110 minutes
Touched with Fire stars Katie Homes and Luke Kirby as two poets with bipolar disorder whose art is fueled by their emotional extremes. When they meet in a treatment facility, their chemistry is instant and intense driving each other’s mania to new heights. They pursue their passion which breaks outside the bounds of sanity, swinging them from fantastical highs to tormented lows until they ultimately must choose between sanity and love. Inspired by the film maker’s own struggles overcoming bipolar disorder, Paul Dalio wrote, directed, edited and scored his feature film debut which also includes performances by Griffin Dunne, Christine Lahti and Bruce Altman.
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Dedication: “This film is dedicated to the following artists listed in Kay Jamison’s book: Lord Byron, Robert Lowell, Emily Dickinson, William Blake, Sylvia Plath, Edgar Allan Poe, John Berryman, William Cowper, Robert Fergusson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Gustaf Fröding, Ezra Pound, Anne Sexton, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Theodore Roethke, Charles Baudelaire, John Ruskin, Dylan Thomas, Victor Hugo, Joseph Conrad, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Herman Melville, Malcolm Lowry, Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Virginia Woolf, Robert Schumann, Hector Berlioz, Anton Bruckner, Hugo Wolf, Gustav Mahler, Otto Klemperer, Peter Tchaikovsky, Bud Powell, Charles Parker, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Paul Gauguin, Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Edvard Munch and Vincent van Gogh” also “For my wife who shed light on this cold, dark stone.”