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The Stephen King Thing and You

Stephen King is my favorite author. I believe I've read everything he's published, though every so often something pops up that I didn't know about and delights me. I've also had the pleasure of adapting two of his works into short films and meeting him in person to share these works. You can click the video below to see when my wife and I met him at Simon & Schuster in NYC after winning the American Gunslinger contest.

 

 

 

 

 

Please read the blogs for my full history with Stephen King. 

I've long felt there's more to his work than what gets the headlines - particularly the blood, guts and monsters. While they are no doubt real in his realm and a significant part of what he does, so is hope, faith and love. These are themes I invite you to explore with me in the three King-based films below. Each of these films is offered as its own 16-week online course. We meet once a week to look at the selected film through the lens of Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey. Your goal is to discover what lies beneath the surface for you with this film - in other words, why is it your favorite?  Why do you keep coming back to it? What do you have to reflect back to the film that keeps reflecting back to you?

Participants will write one page per week and share with fellow classmates in a password-protected Google Drive. The most important writing you'll do will be the feedback you offer your classmates. As King says, there are two ways to become a better writer: read and write. We'll do both here. 

Cinema Therapy Writing Courses

Stand by Me

The Shawshank Redemption

The Green Mile

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Origin and Connection to Parkinson's disease

Yes, And...eXercise is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving quality of life within the Parkinson's community. My father, Dan, was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD) in 2001. We've been on the journey to figure out how to live our best since then. You can see more about our story, including a two month, 20,000 mile road trip to see al 30 Major League Baseball parks at the Boys of Summer website

 

While researching the effects of improvisation and storytelling on PD during my doctoral studies in the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at UNLV, the theme of people with PD feeling imprisoned by the disease emerged. This led me to try framing our storytelling program with the Shawshank Redemption - calling it the Parkinson's Prison and the Hero's Journey to Escape! We've run this 16-week program several times and some of the writing that has come from it can be seen here

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