The story of Linda Bishop, eerily depicted with immeasurable importance in God Knows Where I am, is a compelling and suspenseful watch where the viewer examines mental illness with a microscope, and the hopes are you come out with more understanding and compassion for those suffering. This Documentary feature is stunningly impactful, and took me by surprise at how beautifully done it is. Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of documentaries, as I generally come away feeling like the cinematography and filmmaking quality is lacking, and the storyline isn’t complex or deep enough to warrant a feature length. God Knows Where I Am has changed that view, or at least become the exception to that rule. This documentary is 97 minutes of pure artistry, elegance, and substance. It tells the story of Linda Bishop: A loving, caring, beautiful individual struggling with a disturbing disease. Her ghostly story of survival, captured largely by her adroit writings she kept daily leading the her eventual demise. The viewer feels like we’re listening to Linda, slowly become less and less rational and put together, as we hear a woman, Lori Singer, who artfully reads her writings, an aspect to the film I believe to be invaluable. Poignant interviews with Bishop’s loved ones, most notably her daughter Caitlin and sister Joan, who we gather did anything and everything in her power to help her sister, to no avail. These accounts add a tremendous amount of pleasure to the viewer, as the allow a pure connection between the woman and the audience.
Paul Appelbaum, Joan Bishop, Doug Bixby, Kevin Carbone, Wayne DiGeronimo, James E. Duggan, Jennie Duval, Lora Goss, Judith E. Kolada, Caitlin Murtagh, Matthew Nelson, Stephanie Savard, Thomas Scarlato, Brian Smith, E. Fuller Torrey, Kathy White