Local Filmmaker’s Award-winning Parkinson’s Documentary will Premiere Saturday, May 2 at 9 p.m. on Channel 12
DENVER – (April 15, 2009) – Two documentaries about Parkinson’s Disease – including an award-winning film written, produced and directed by Boulder filmmaker Deborah Fryer – will air Saturday, May 2 on KBDI-Channel 12.
SHAKEN: Journey into the mind of a Parkinson’s Patient is the story of Denver resident Paul Schroder, an electrical engineer whose dreams were short-circuited at age 33 by the early onset of Parkinson’s disease. It will premiere on KBDI at 9 p.m.
Fryer’s documentary follows Schroder’s story – diagnosis, a decade of medication and increasing debilitation, his decision for radical brain surgery and the results of that surgery which are described as “mysterious, miraculous and bittersweet.”
Shaken has received numerous awards, including The Accolade, an annual international honor that is awarded to the one production it considers to have made the most significant contribution to social change or a humanitarian effort. The version KBDI will air includes an update following Schroder’s second surgery in 2007.
“SHAKEN is an outstanding portrayal of the reality of Parkinson’s disease,” Amy Comstock Rick, CEO of the Parkinson’s Action Network, says. “It accurately and emotionally combats the myth that Parkinson’s is a chronic, manageable disease of the elderly.”
The locally-produced documentary will be preceded by a FRONTLINE documentary on Parkinson’s, My Father, My Brother, and Me at 8 p.m. In the program, FRONTLINE correspondent Dave Iverson, who, like his father and older brother before him, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004, investigates the neurological disorder on both a personal and large scale, talking to scientists on the cutting edge of new cures and interviewing fellow patients like actor Michael J. Fox and writer Michael Kinsley.
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