Actress, producer and activist Mariska Hargitay and actor and writer Peter Hermann join actor, writer and film producer Paul Rudd and 2017 World Series MVP George Springer as executive producers on the new documentary My Beautiful Stutter. They join the producing team of Michael Alden Productions and Ryan Gielen and Patrick James Lynch of Believe Limited. Gielen directs.
During the film’s 2019 festival run, Stutter was honored with multiple Best Documentary awards, including being selected as the INSPIRE film at the Napa Valley Film Festival, screening for over 1,500 middle and high school students. Over 2019 and early 2020, Stutter partnered with impact campaign specialists Picture Motion for over 150 worldwide impact screenings for over 11,000 attendees in 12 countries.
I am extremely proud to have played a role in realizing director Ryan Gielen’s vision and look forward to bringing this more than timely documentary to the marketplace states Producer Michael Alden. My Beautiful Stutter is represented by Passion River Films for all broadcast and digital licensing.
My Beautiful Stutter follows five kids who stutter, ages 9 to 18, through a transformative arts-based summer camp created and run by SAY-the Stuttering Association for the Young-based in New York City. After a lifetime of bullying and stigmatization, exhausted from failed fluency training and societal pressure to remain silent, some close to suicide, these determined young people step into a compassionate community of other kids who stutter and encounter for the first time the revolutionary message at the heart of SAY: that it’s okay to stutter.
For over two years, director Ryan Gielen immersed himself in the lives of five young people from all walks of life and all over the country as they pursued SAY’s revolutionary approach to stuttering. Gielen shows us their profound, rocky, and life-changing journeys through experiences in art, performance, music and expression, and gives us a film that paints one of the most intimate, inspiring and hopeful portraits of youth today. At a time when our differences are being used to divide us, My Beautiful Stutter is a call to arms for those who believe in kindness, empathy and the rights of all children.