The story so far

These are previous screenings of I AM BREATHING. For upcoming events, go here.

Dehradun, India

June 29, 2013 at 3:00pm · 1 rsvp
The Doon Library and Research Center in Dehradun, India

Read about the host here.

Hollywood, California

June 29, 2013 at 2:00pm · 15 rsvps
Will & Ariel Durant Branch of LA Public Library in Los Angeles, CA

This free screening with take place on Saturday afternoon. The library is located on Sunset Blvd, one block West of La Brea Ave. There is parking on site (enter off of Detroit).

Representatives of ALS Association Golden West Chapter and the local ALS community will participate in a Q&A after the screening.

East London, England

June 30, 2013 at 7:00pm
Private in London, United Kingdom

An intimate screening among close friends and relatives. I am studying to become an Occupational Therapist and already feel so inspired and touched by Neils story. I am looking forward to sharing and watching it with loved ones.

If anyone would like to join please get in touch.

Galway, Ireland

June 30, 2013 at 8:00pm · €9.00 EUR
Town Hall Theatre in Galway, Ireland

New York City

June 30, 2013 at 8:00pm · $20.00 USD · 14 rsvps
Suite ThreeOhSix in New York, NY

June is Motor Neuron Disease Awareness month and we're hosting a screening of "I Am Breathing" to raise awareness. 

The disease is relatively unknown despite the fact that prominent physicist Stephen Hawking has been paralysed from it. It can affect any adult at any time and attacks the motor neurones that send messages from the brain to the muscles, leaving people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves. The cause of the disease is unknown and there is no known cure.

We're asking a $20 donation at the door that includes assorted popcorn, light savory snacks, and vegan ice cream. There will also be beverages for purchase. 100% of proceeds will be donated to MNDA (Motor Neuron Disease Association).

Its a private venue so we're limited to 25 people only. 

I AM BREATHING is about the thin space between life and death.

Neil Platt ponders the last months of his life. Within a year, he goes from being a healthy young father to becoming completely paralysed from the neck down. As his body gets weaker, his perspective on life changes:

"It's amazing how adaptable we are when we have to be. 
It's what separates us and defines us as human beings."

Knowing he only has a few months left to live, and while he still has the ability to speak, Neil puts together a letter and memory box for his baby son Oscar. How can he make sense of the last 34 years? How can he anticipate what Oscar might want to know about his father in a future Neil can only imagine? He tries to tell the story of his life from his memories and impressions of love, friends and motorbike rides. 

Neil faces Motor Neurone Disease with incredible humour and honesty, determined to share this last stage of his life through a blog that touched many people. With his posts forming the film’s narration, I AM BREATHING tries to listen to Neil as he asks in the last months of his life: "What makes us human?"

Portobello, Scotland

July 01, 2013 at 8:00pm
The Skylark in Portobello, United Kingdom

Taipei, Taiwan

July 02, 2013 at 2:00pm
private in Taipei, Taiwan

South East London, England

July 02, 2013 at 5:00pm
Private in London, United Kingdom

IDFA by Night, Amsterdam, Netherlands

July 02, 2013 - July 03, 2013 · 2 rsvps
PDZ* terras in Amsterdam, Netherlands

De 33-jarige Neil Platt uit Yorkshire leidt aan Motor Neurone Disease. Verlamd vanaf zijn nek, en met nog maar een paar maanden te leven, probeert hij een manier te verzinnen om waardig afscheid te nemen van zijn 1-jarige zoontje Oscar. Met behulp van spraakherkenningssoftware stuurt hij via zijn blog openhartig en humorvol zijn observaties de wereld in. Met een soort stofzuigerslang aan de neus geklemd om te kunnen ademen, vertrouwt hij zijn gedachtes en soms tragikomische beslommeringen toe aan de camera. De extreme close-ups, de stand van de camera die veel vanuit Platts gezichtspunt filmt en het eeuwig ronkende beademingsapparaat dat al het andere geluid overstemt, zuigt de kijker het verhaal van Platt in.

Gratis entree. Deze documentaire zal om 21:45 uur worden ingeleid door documentairemaakster Emma Davie.

Exeter, England

July 03, 2013 at 6:00pm · £3.00 GBP
The Bike Shed Theatre in Exeter, United Kingdom

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