PBS Documentary “God Knows Where I Am” Tells the Story of One Person's Struggle with Bipolarism and Homelessness

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13 October 2018
God Knows Where I Am
Courtesy of Wider Film Projects
“God Knows Where I Am”
Premieres Monday, October 15 at 10 PM ET on PBS
(Check local listings)

          On May 3, 2008, the body of a homeless woman was found in an abandoned New Hampshire home. A journal found beside the body documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity with poignancy, humor and spirituality. God Knows Where I Am tells the story of Linda Bishop, a well-educated New Hampshire mother diagnosed with severe bipolar disorder with psychosis, who was intermittently incarcerated and homeless. Through interviews with family, friends and medical and legal professionals involved with Bishop’s case, as well as readings from Bishop’s journal entries by Golden Globe-winning actress Lori Singer (Footloose, Short Cuts), the documentary traces the events leading up to Bishop’s hospitalization and investigates the final months of her life following her discharge.

          These intimate accounts of Bishop’s experience raise questions about society’s treatment of people with mental health conditions and those who are displaced, exposing systemic failures to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Following the documentary’s premiere, PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor and Amanpour and Company contributor Hari Sreenivasan hosts a new panel discussion with filmmakers Todd and Jedd Wider and psychiatrist and former president of the American Psychiatric Association Carol Bernstein about mental illness, homelessness and other issues raised in the film.

Film Interviewees:
  • Joan Bishop – sister of Linda Bishop
  • Doug Bixby – friend of Linda Bishop
  • Kevin Carbone – prospective buyer of the home Linda Bishop was found in
  • Wayne DiGeronimo – asst. deputy medical examiner, New Hampshire
  • Justice James E. Duggan – judge, New Hampshire Supreme Court
  • Jennie Duval, M.D. – chief medical examiner, New Hampshire
  • Lora Goss – co-owner of the home Linda Bishop was found in
  • Judith E. Kolada – occupational therapist, New Hampshire Hospital
  • Caitlin Murtagh – daughter of Linda Bishop
  • Matthew Nelson – police officer, Concord Police Department
  • Stephanie Savard – clinical social worker, Families in Transition
  • Thomas Scarlato – Ground Zero site volunteer
  • Brian Smith – co-owner of the home Linda Bishop was found in
  • Kathy White – friend of Linda Bishop

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