Aphasia, the movie, premieres May 1 at UNC

The Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences has been involved in an innovative project that unites education, science and art. The short film Aphasia features a UNC patient's story of life after a stroke.

The Division has partnered with Little Word Films in support of the production of the short film Aphasia, which is about Charlotte actor Carl McIntyre, one of the program’s successful research patients. Carl McIntyre stars as himself in the film which seeks to raise awareness about the disorder of aphasia and give hope to those whose lives are affected by this disorder while providing a source of inspiration to stroke survivors and their families.

There will be a premier screening of the film on Saturday, May 1 for the 40th anniversary celebration of the Division of Speech Hearing Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill.  The screening will be held at Medical Biomolecular Research Building (MBRB) Auditorium, Second Floor from 1:30 - 3 p.m.  A talkback with Carl McIntyre, writer/director Jim Gloster and other members of the production team will be held immediately after the screening.

The UNC Chapel Hill Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences would like to extend a personal invitation to the faculty and students to attend this screening and provide an educational opportunity with the production team that will be present to speak and take questions about the writing, filmmaking and production process.

Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you would like to reserve a seat, contact Katherine Pearl at kpearl@med.unc.edu or (919) 966-5975 by Monday, April 26.

Aphasia recounts Carl McIntyre’s first person experience during the stroke he survived in 2005, the therapy process and his personal struggle with his inability to communicate.  Both poignant and humorous, Aphasia will speak to anyone who has triumphed over life’s adversity.   The film was self-funded through money raised by the production team from over 100 individual donors and was shot in an eight day time period in and around the Charlotte area in March and April 2010. Over 170 members of the Charlotte film community came together and volunteered their time as crew, cast and extras for this special project.

Carl has been a participant in the UNC Chapel Hill Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences-led Aphasia support group that is held each week in UNC Hospitals.

To learn more about the Carl McIntyre Aphasia Project, please check our website and social media pages: http://www.aphasiathemovie.com and fan us as ‘Aphasia the Movie’ on facebook. 

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