So Well..." Living with MS - Video
Audrey Geyer / Kevin Lindenmuth Production
Time: 60 minutes
US$25.00 for home video users and US$40.00 for organizations/institutions
(includes shipping and handling)
This often overlooked and
misunderstood illness is in fact the most common serious neurological disease of young
adults. Multiple Sclerosis is more prevalent amongst women, and more and more
research has pointed to the strong hereditary nature of the illness. When the
average person thinks about Multiple Sclerosis, they either think about
Jerry"s Kids or Annette Funicello. That is, if they have any association to the illness
at all. MS has nothing to do with Muscular Dystrophy and only one third of
those diagnosed require a wheelchair for mobility over time.
It is the other two thirds of the MS
population that this documentary will focus upon. Those people who "look so
well" to the outside world yet suffer from such invisible physical symptoms as numbness,
tingling and pain in their limbs, fatigue, headaches, as well as vision and cognitive
problems. The psychological ramifications and challenges are immense. MS is an illness
of loss. It is most often characterized by unanticipated periods of exacerbation/
attack and remission. Among other things, those diagnosed have to learn to live
within a world of unknowns and unpredictable changes in functioning and
self-definition throughout their lifetime. Peoples perceptions of them as looking well
further adds to the emotional complexity of dealing with the illness.
Four diverse individuals living and striving
to cope on a daily basis with this difficult illness were filmed in April-August
of 2001 in the Detroit Metro area, with over forty hours of shot footage.
Interviews/footage was also shot of family members and medical professionals.
The purpose is for viewers to come to an
empathic understanding of the emotional, relational and concrete challenges facing
people who "look so well" yet have a life altering diagnosis of MS. Also, the
goal is to help people begin to confront their own fears about the illness and towards
human vulnerability in general.
Price: US$40.00 (includes shipping and
Check or money orders should be made out to
GL Productions and mailed to
7900 State Street
has worked in the video production field for 20 years. He received his BA in
film/video production from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Most of his professional life was
spent working in New York City in all the major aspects of video
production -- such as producing, directing, editing and camera work.
During the past 10 years, he has worked with
his wife Audrey Geyer, on producing video documentaries, through
their company GL Productions, with a special emphasis on health-related
programming. Their first healthcare documentary was a one-hour program on cancer caregivers
entitled, "Caring for the Caregivers". It received wide spread distribution in the
educational markets by Films for the Humanities.
Their most recent health-related program was
on Multiple Sclerosis and was entitled. But You Look So Well...". It was a
one-hour program released in 2002. This documentary was broadcast, with underwriter
support from two major pharmaceutical companies (Teva and Biogen), on all the major
Michigan PBS stations. In addition, the program was broadcast nationally by NETA to the PBS system in February of 2003, with much success. It continues to be
broadcast on PBS stations throughout the country to this day.