Denison Presents Director Of Parkinson's Documentary
Posted: February 26, 2007
With almost 200 documentaries and educational videos under her belt, Deborah Fryer, an author, director, and producer, will visit Denison University to talk about "Shaken: An Electrifying Journey Into the World of a Parkinson's Disease Patient." The lecture, sponsored by a Neuroscience Program Mellon Foundation Grant, is set for 7 p.m. on Thursday (March 8) in room 212 of Talbot Hall, and is free and open to the public.
Fryer's film "Shaken" is about Paul Schroder, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease shortly after graduating as an electrical engineer. After a decade of medication and growing increasingly debilitated, Schroder opts to try radical brain surgery. The results of this electrifying surgery are mysterious, miraculous and bittersweet.
Fryer has researched, written, produced, directed, negotiated usage rights, edited, and/or created and tracked budgets for documentaries and educational videos covering the environment, history, science, medicine, health care, energy, archaeology and anthropology. She has worked on projects for NOVA, Frontline, History Channel, HGTV, MSNBC, and National Audubon Society. Fryer has also received much recognition for her creative nonfiction writing, which has been published in "The Best Women's Travel Writing 2006," and "The Best Travel Writing 2005."
She won the Moondance International Film Festival Short Story Award in 2004 and 2005, and received an Honorable Mention in 2004 and 2005 from "New Millennium Writings," a literary journal which called her "one of the 20 up-and-coming writers in the U.S. to watch."
Fryer earned her bachelor's degree in classics and art history at Oberlin College in 1984, a master's degree in Latin at Columbia University in 1986, and went on to complete her doctoral degree in comparative literature and classics at Princeton University in 1993. She has been a workshop presenter at the Boulder International Film Festival in 2005, a panelist on the making of NOVA's "Roman Bath" at the Jackson Hole Film Festival in 1999, and a workshop presenter at Moondance Film Festival in 2004. She is the founder of Lila Films Inc., an independent production company that crafts documentary movies on medical and environmental topics.
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- The Neuroscience Program Mellon Foundation Grant presents Deborah Fryer to lecture on "Shaken: An Electrifying Journey Into The World of a Parkinson's Disease Patient," 7 p.m., Thursday (March 8), in Talbot Hall Room 212. Call 740-587-6339 to confirm information.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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