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"Aphasia" is the true story of Carl McIntyre who, after suffering a massive stroke and losing his ability to read, write and talk, struggles against overwhelming odds to redefine his life. Carl McIntyre stars as himself and gives a compelling and nuanced performance in this life-affirming film which puts the audience in the seat of the stroke and provides an emotional and humorous ride as Carl navigates the waters of his new normal. 2010, Main Feature 40 minutes. Over 100 minutes of Extra Features! Including: -Extensive Interviews with renowned Speech Pathologist Dr. Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, -Interview with Denise Caignon, MS, CCC-SLP, Carl's Speech Pathologist, -"Finding Purpose" (Behind the Scenes Documentary), -"Next…" (Fundraising Documentary), -Deleted Scenes *Winner - 2010 - Big Bear Lake Film Festival *Winner - 2011 - Feel Good Film Festival (Los Angeles) - Film and extra features are not rated. Contains adult language.
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Carl McIntyre, a former actor, stars in his own film, and shows through speech, gesture, and uncomfortable silences, the challenges he, and so many others, face, all day, every day, usually for the rest of their lives. Like most, he had to give up his former career after a massive stroke. Almost every form of work requires speaking, reading, writing, or listening comprehension. Unlike most, he was able to create this extraordinary film, with the help of therapists, family, and a loving community of friends.
Mixing humor, heartbreak, frustration, and acceptance, the story shows Carl's adaptation to his profound loss of language. It also shows that he did not lose his enthusiasm, intelligence, drive, and willingness to participate in life. Extra footage also reveals the progress that he made in the years that followed. Two interviews with speech therapists are also very instructive for anyone wanting to know more about aphasia.
This is a wonderful film for general audiences. It would be an excellent resource for speech therapists and students, as well as, aphasia patients their families and friends.