Shaken: Journey Into the Mind of a Parkinson’s Patient


About the Film

Paul Schroder graduated at the top of his class in electrical engineering, and then was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. After a decade of being on medication and growing increasingly debilitated, he decides that radical brain surgery is preferable to sitting on the couch like a vegetable for the rest of his life. While Paul lies awake on the operating table, doctors implant electrodes in his brain and a neurostimulation device underneath his collarbone. The results of this electrifying surgery are mysterious, miraculous and bittersweet. To read more about the film, visit:

About the Filmmaker

Deborah Fryer stepped into filmmaking as a freelancer in 1993, and has worn almost every hat in the business since: she has researched, written, produced, directed, negotiated usage rights, edited, shot video, recorded sound, and/or created and tracked budgets for almost 200 documentaries and educational videos covering the environment, history, science, medicine, health care, energy, archaeology and anthropology. She has worked on projects for NOVA, Frontline, PBS, History Channel, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, HGTV, Turner Broadcasting, American Experience, MSNBC, Free Speech TV, Warren Miller Films, National Audubon Society, the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, InJoy Video Productions and Films for the Humanities and Sciences. Deborah wrote, produced, directed shot and edited her first independent film, SHAKEN: Journey into the Mind of a Parkinson’s Patient.

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