April 24, 2014 | by Darcy Blake | The Neuro Film Festival is a contest by the American Brain Foundation to raise awareness and support research through video about brain diseases, and it is also a way to connect with the people who make the films. I met online with Alicia Zukas, the filmmaker for Back to Life, the story of Delanie Stephenson, a courageous, young, ischemic stroke survivor. Alicia is also a neurology resident at VCU Medical College of Virgina.
To See Back to Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MznvtuvS4s&list=PLYNSC2T2aPD4JE4B7b2_VI9yWS0R3WpTx&index=66
Alicia, who made the film with Dr. Ken Ono said, “I definitely have never done a film before, and I sure had a lot of fun doing it. It gave me an excuse to figure out how to use a camera and editing software, which was quite a departure from my regular life!” She said, “I had so much fun watching these videos as they were being posted to YouTube–I watched every single one more than once and then showed many of them to my medical students and co-residents. I am sure we all took away something different from this experience and I would not trade it for the world.”
Alicia’s film competed closely with my film, Before and After DBS for 3rd place in the public vote. In the end, Alicia’s film pulled ahead of mine, and it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person.
Alicia is attending the AAN conference in Philadelphia, where the first place and runner up winners will be announced on April 29. I’m hoping that she can fill us in on the Neuro Film winners and the conference itself. Glad to meet you, Alicia. We’ll be watching for your next neuro film!
To watch Before and After DBS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gaez44eqKk&index=10&list=PLYNSC2T2aPD4JE4B7b2_VI9yWS0R3WpTx
To watch the 2014 Neuro Film Entries: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYNSC2T2aPD4JE4B7b2_VI9yWS0R3WpTx
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