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The documentary films listed below have incredible input by people living with Parkinson’s as they were either directed by people living with Parkinson’s or they highlighted the lives and stories of people living with Parkinson’s. In some cases, the person behind the camera and those in front of the lens were both living with PD.

Stories about living with Parkinson’s, real stories, are very powerful messages for the global community. They not only educate others about this disease, but can inspire people to keep striving for ways to live positively or, in the case of neuroscientists or clinicians, to keep striving to find a cure or better options for living with PD.



Living with Parkinson’s


  A documentary highlighting the WPC 2013 in Montreal and a WPC committee member, Margaret “Mags” Mullarney recently began making the rounds on PBS stations across the USA. A full list of stations and showings can by clicking here.

Capturing Grace


  "Capturing Grace" about a group of dancers with Parkinson's preparing for, and performing in a professional level dance production led by WPC 2013 Speaker David Leventhal will premiere in NYC Nov 18th and 20th at NY City Documentary Film Festival. Click the image to view the trailer and click here to learn more about purchasing tickets for the NYC premiere.



The Healthiest Man on Earth



"I’m not going to tell you everything is alright” are the opening words of The Healthiest Man On Earth, (26 minutes) a documentary film featuring the life and poetry of Gary Turchin. Turchin, a Berkeley, CA-based poet, performer and visual artist, writes and speaks in an accessible and entertaining style that belies the depth of his craft. But things aren’t "going to be alright” because we soon learn that Turchin is living with Parkinson’s disease, a disabling neurodegenerative disorder. Rather than surrender or lose faith, Turchin is spurred on by his illness, determined to carry on his work. He tells us that as long as he’s creative, and his work continues to move people, then he still feels like "the healthiest man on Earth.” Click here to watch "The Healthiest Man on Earth."

Awards, Notes:

The Healthiest Man On Earth won the Audience Favorite Award at the 2013 Albany (CA) Film Fest, as well as honorable mention in the Documentary category. It was also showcased at the 2013 Davis Film Festival, Davis, CA; the 2013 Rob Knox Film Festival, in London England and the 3rd World Parkinson Congress in Montreal, Canada.



Living with Parkinson's & Andy McDowell... Switched On



Watch these two documentaries about WPC 2013 Video Competition winner Andy McDowell (New Zealand). "Living with Parkinson's" is an introduction to Andy, a 48-year old marketing consultant, husband and father of two young girls. Andy was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson's disease at the age of 44. "Andy McDowell...Switched On" follows Andy's journey with getting Deep Brain Stimulation.


Click here to watch Living with Parkinson's and Andy McDowell...Switched On.

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