Down Again is an exploration of the connection between mental illness and creativity told through the lens of photographer and Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter. The film explores the catharsis of making music and art and how the result affects the fans.




Mark talks to Michael Friedman Ph.D about Bipolar II and the making of Down Again. 

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Nick and Mark speak with renowned writer Jon Weiderhorn about the making of Down Again.

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Mark talks about the making of Down Again, Chimaira and much more with Metal Insider.

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It may feel like it's skimming the surface, the film manages to cover a lot of ground and looks gorgeous while doing it. 

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This week Metal Nation spoke with Mark Hunter about the film and mental health awareness. 


Cool Cleveland chats with Mark Hunter about making Down Again and working with Nick. 

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Metal and Mike sit down with Mark to talk mental illness, Chimaira, and the making of Down Again

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Decibel talks with Mark Hunter about Down Again, photography and the name of the film. 

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Kyle McGinn interviews Mark Hunter about the impact of mental health and creativity, Chimaira and more.

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Within the first 60 seconds of Mark Hunter’s film Down Again, I am hooked into a world that immediately connects.

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Jon's Untitled Podcast sits down with Mark Hunter and discuss all things Down Again as well as Twin Peaks, and Mandy the movie. 

Nick Cavalier and Michael Farris from Coffee and a Mike discuss Nick's creative style and influence and the making of Down Again.

The Mosh Zone chats with Mark about his discovery of music, how he dealt with the ending of the band, his photography career, the recent doco “Down Again”, his battles with mental illness over the years and much much more.

Mark talks with old middle school friend and podcast host Mike Farris to discuss Down Again and their hometown Strongsville. 

Mark sits down with My Own Worst Enemy podcast. They discuss hypomania, and the relationship between art and mental illness. 

Join hosts Johnny Crowder and Kristin Sunanta Walker from Mental Health News Radio Network as they speak with Mark Hunter.

Metal Wani‘s Carl O’Rourke sat down with Mark Hunter and director Nick Cavalier to talk about the collaborative effort between the two that produced their documentary, Down Again’.



Cast and crew

Nick Cavalier - Director

A visual and character-focused storyteller, Nick is known for his high production value docu-driven films with poetic hero centered themes. Nick has been honored with awards and selections at festivals such as SXSW, Palm Springs, and Cleveland International. His work is featured in multiple national publications including New York Times, VICE, Shorts TV, Devour, HYPEBEAST, Alternative Press, Funny Or Die, G4, MTV, Fast Company, Juxtapoz Magazine and many more.

Mark Hunter - Artist

Mark Hunter is a musician and photographer from Cleveland, Ohio. He is most well known as the frontman of the heavy metal band Chimaira. After retiring from music in 2014 Hunter became a commercial photographer utilizing his knowledge from the music industry to help businesses enhance their brand.

Executive Producer: Marty Geramita
Produced By: James Waters
Cinematography By: Tyler Clark
First AC: Mikey Tell
Additional Camera Work: Nolan Ritter
Location Sound: Luke De Jue
Art Department: Magan Mclaughlin
Edited By: Nick Cavalier & Mike La Hood
Color: Clifton Stommel
VFX: Roman Micevic
Original Score: Michael Siefert
Post Mix & Sound Design: Dave Shaw
Live Performance Audio Recorded By: "Big" John Winter

Live Lighting Director: Brian Lareau
Live Performance Audio Mixed By: Rob Arnold
Additional Footage From "The Dehumanizing Process" DVD 2004 Dir: Todd Bell


Mark Hunter
Jim Lamarca
Rob Arnold
Matt Devries
Chris Spicuzza
Austin D'Amond
Andols Herrick
Dr. Patrick Runnels
Emily Kmiecik

Special Thanks:

The Centers Ohio
The Agora
Siedel's Barber Shop
Rob Arnold World Studios
The James Douglas Studio
Martin Geramita
Mike Clum

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