RCP helps gives voice to aphasia with free movie on Saturday
Thursday, May 19, 2011
The short film Aphasia, an engaging look at a N.C. man as he battles back from a stroke, will be screened at Greenville Memorial Hospital’s Medical Staff Auditorium at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21. The screening will be followed by a short talk and then a question-and-answer period with its protagonist Carl McIntyre and GHS clinicians and therapists.
The event is free, but seating is limited; please register at http://www.ghs.org/360healthed or call 1-877-GHS-INFO (447-4636)
Aphasia was written by Jim Gloster, a Charlotte, N.C. director, actor and writer. Gloster wanted to capture the story of his friend, N.C. actor Carl McIntyre, who suffered a massive stroke in 2005 at just 44 years of age. As a result, McIntyre lives with aphasia, an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person's ability to process language but does not affect intelligence.
Aphasia is a true story in which Carl McIntyre stars as himself and gives a powerful performance that provides hope and inspiration to anyone working to overcome obstacles. The film recounts McIntyre’s first-person experience during his stroke and uses both comedy and pathos to tell the story of his recovery and his struggle with his inability to communicate.
Aphasia affects about one million Americans, or 1 in 300 people; more than 100,000 Americans develop the disorder annually. It is more common than Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy -- however, most people have never heard of aphasia. While the most common cause is stroke, aphasia can also result from head injury, brain tumor or other neurological causes.
S.C. has one of the nation’s highest stroke rates and is among a group of southeastern states referred to as the “Stroke Belt” because of their high number of stroke deaths. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in South Carolina and resulted in 2,460 deaths during 2007.
Greenville Memorial Hospital is Greenville’s only Certified Primary Stroke Center. GHS’ Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital, which provides extensive in-patient and out-patient therapies for stroke survivors, sponsored the movie to help spark a local conversation about stroke and raise awareness of side effects like aphasia.
Roger C. Peace is the only stroke program in the Greenville area accredited by the international Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Aphasia was given the El Capitan award from the Yosemite Film Fest and won the audience favorite award as Best Short Film of the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, both in September 2010. In July 2010, the film was screened as an Official Selection of the Prince Edward Island International Film Festival in Canada and as an Official Selection of both the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival in October 2010. Aphasia screened at the Radar Hamburg International Film Festival in Germany and at the Oscar® affiliated Foyle Film Festival in Northern Ireland in November 2010.
More than 200 North Carolina film artists volunteered their time to make the film a reality; most of them had worked with Carl in the past and knew him prior to his stroke.
To learn more about the Carl McIntyre Aphasia Project, go to http://www.aphasiathemovie.com .