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This is the best documentary about stuttering so far... Ultimately it is a movie about our need for acceptance and the power of unconditional love to heal the soul... This film can replace text books for Speech Pathology students and professionals as well as providing support and hope for parents and youngsters struggling with this physical challenge...
— PHIL SCHNEIDER, EDD, CCC-SLP, BRFS, FOUNDER & CO-DIRECTOR AT SCHNEIDER SPEECH

 

Quick Facts

1 in 20 children stutter.

Many will stutter for life, facing bullying, stigmatization, emotional and sometimes physical violence, all at the hands of classmates, teachers, family members and society at large.

Many hide, shut down, rigorously work toward fluency, or develop tricks to mask their stutter. Some, driven to despair, attempt to take their own lives.

Their story has never been told.

Until now.


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2019 SCREENINGS

MAY 7, INDIANAPOLIS, IN*

INDY Film Fest, Presented by Indiana State University


JUNE 15, MULVANE, KS

Doc Sunback Film Festival

***WINNER, BEST DOCUMENTARY!***



JUNE 29 & 30 - HOUSTON, TEXAS

Private Screenings - Camp SAY, Houston


JULY 14 - CHARLOTTE, NC

Private Screenings - Camp SAY, Charlotte


JULY 16 - NEW YORK, NY*

Private Screening


AUGUST 11 - PROVIDENCE, RI*

Rhode Island International Film Festival

***WINNER, VIOLA A. MARHSALL AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY!***


SEPT 20 - JERSEY CITY, NJ*

Golden Door International Film Festival

7:30pm Red Carpet, 8:30pm Screening

***WINNER, BEST DOCUMENTARY!***


SEPT 22 - LOS ANGELES, CA

Private Screenings - Camp SAY, LA







NOVEMBER 10 - PARSIPPANY, NJ

Parsippany Presbyterian Church


NOVEMBER 13 - IOWA CITY, IA

University of Iowa - Ticketing & Location Info Coming Soon




NOVEMBER 20 - GLOUCESTER, MA

Gloucester Stage Company


NOVEMBER 21 - ORLANDO, FL

ASHA Convention @ Hyatt Regency Orlando, Hall H

Public Screening - Ticketing Details from ASHA Soon




 

host a screening

We want to make it as easy as possible for communities to screen My Beautiful Stutter. Young people who stutter face immense challenges - bullying, isolation, and balancing the desire for fluency against the desire to be yourself are just the tip of the iceberg.

Screening this film is an opportunity not only to support young people who stutter, but to enlighten and empower those who do not. If you’re interested in hosting a community screening of any kind, please fill out this simple form.


Sponsor or Donate

If you represent a donor or impact organization and would like to sponsor a screening or an awareness/impact campaign, please use our contact form and mention “SPONSOR” in the subject line to ensure this gets routed correctly and a prompt response. We can’t thank you enough for your support!


ABOUT

My Beautiful Stutter follows five kids who stutter, ages 9 to 18, from all over the United States and all walks of life, who, after experiencing a lifetime of bullying and stigmatization, meet other children who stutter at an interactive arts-based program, The Stuttering Association for the Young, based in New York City. Their journey to SAY find some close to suicide, others withdrawn and fearful, exhausted and defeated from failed fluency training, societal pressures to not stutter or the decision to remain silent. Over the course of a year we witness first hand the incredible transformation that happens when these young people of wildly different backgrounds experience for the first time the revolutionary idea at the heart of SAY: that it's okay to stutter.

Executive Producers: Paul Rudd, George Springer, Patrick James Lynch. Producers: Ryan Gielen, Michael Alden. Director: Ryan Gielen. Writer: Steven Sander.




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QUOTES FROM THE FILM

We are all human beings who want to be heard, and that means letting everyone have as much time as they need to speak...
— Taro
There’s always in the back of your head, what could I have done differently?
— MARGO
This is not a speech impediment. My voice is an instrument, my stutter its greatest symphony. My speech, composed by god...
— Emily, reading from the poem "honest speech" by Erin Schick
That sentence, “It’s okay that I stutter” took a long time for me. It takes a lifetime for some people...
— Taro
I remember so clearly just being like hit with this wave of fear about, will I ever find somebody to really love me for who I am and accept me for the way that I speak?
— Taro
The pain associated with stuttering is not based on your age, but on how long you go without knowing it’s okay to stutter...
— Jake
Before you meet anyone cool or accepting you just feel like, will I ever meet someone that will love me the same way I could love another person?
— Julianna
What pediatricians for years were actually trained to do was to advise parents not to talk about the stuttering and that if you don’t talk about it, if you don’t mention it, it will just go away...
— JOE KLEIN, SLP
I would talk to myself a lot, just like, my thoughts, you know, my dreams or just random conversations... because that’s when I felt most comfortable, when no one was judging me and I could get out all I wanted to say
— travis
 

Contact the Filmmakers

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We know that stuttering can be a struggle for many people. The most important thing is for you to know that you are not alone. If you are an adult who stutters, you can connect with others in your area through the National Stuttering Association. If you are a parent or younger than 18 years old, you can contact SAY: the Stuttering Association for the Young (info@say.org) for help and support.


Host a Screening

We want to make it as easy as possible for communities to screen My Beautiful Stutter. Click below to sign up in under 5 minutes.

For questions about community screenings, please reach out to mybeautifulstutter@picturemotion.com


Sponsor or Donate

If you represent a donor or impact organization and would like to sponsor a screening or an awareness/impact campaign, please use our contact form on this page, and mention “SPONSOR” in the subject line to ensure this gets routed correctly and a prompt response. We can’t thank you enough for your support!


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