Matter of Mind: My Parkinsons

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies Tacoma
6:30 PM, Wednesday, March 27, 2024 PST
Location: Tacoma - CSL (click for map)

Join us in person, or virtually, for Matter of Mind: My Parkinsons. A compelling look at life through the lens of resilience and heart. Register HERE

Matter of Mind: My Parkinson’s is a poignant and inspiring documentary that delves into the personal journey of individuals grappling with Parkinson’s disease. Through intimate interviews, raw footage, and heartfelt narratives, this film sheds light on the indomitable spirit of those facing the challenges it brings. Witness the resilience of these individuals as they navigate the unpredictable terrain of a progressive neurological disorder. This film explores the physical toll of the disease but also delves into the emotional and psychological aspects, illustrating the importance of mental fortitude and a supportive network.

Matter of Mind seeks to raise awareness about Parkinson’s and foster understanding, encouraging audiences to empathize with those affected and inspire positive change.

Special Guests:

Katie Freeman, MSW, Leader at APDA

Katie Freeman, MSW, is the Manager of Programs and Community Engagement at the NW Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). At APDA, Katie provides people with Parkinson’s, and their loved ones, with education, support, and connections to community resources. They also manage a network of Parkinson’s support groups across the Northwest. Katie graduated from the University of Washington with a Masters in Social Work, where they focused their studies on elder and disability care, health equity, and community organizing. In their personal life, you can find Katie taking cooking classes, watching hockey, and singing in a local vocal ensemble. Join us for this informative and inspiring conversation!

Peter Dunlap-Shohl, Cartoonist, Author, Patient Advocate

Peter Dunlap-Shohl was the cartoonist for the Anchorage Daily News for over 25 years. Diagnosed in 2002 with Parkinson’s Disease at 43 years of age, he began blogging about the Disease. Eventually, he wrote and illustrated a book-length comic about his attempts to cope with the condition. The Book, “My Degeneration” was warmly received by Parkinson’s patients and medical professionals. He led the Anchorage Parkinson’s Support Group for over 15 years. He and his wife Pamela divide their time between Anchorage and Eastern Washington,

To attend virtually, register here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Cost: Screenings are free; We gratefully accept donations to help offset the costs of presenting the films and guest speakers at our meaningful events.

Special Guests: Katie Freeman, MSW, Manager of Programs & Community Engagement - American Parkinsons Disease Association / Peter Dunlap Shohl, Cartoonist, Author and Patient Advocate

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Release Year: 2024

Running Time: 60 min

Director: Anna Moot-Levin and Laura Green

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  1. Marlee
    #1 Marlee 14 March, 2024, 15:12

    Is this link for the movie on Zoom available for my friend in Vancouver BC who has Parkinson’s?

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    • Melinda Raebyne
      Melinda Raebyne 18 March, 2024, 23:55

      Hi Marlee, thank you for reaching out to us. As of right now, we don’t have plans to show it online but that can change since our groups are deciding daily what films to show. However, on April 8th it will be preview on PBS Independent Lens. Here’s a link for it,

      Hope this was helpful. 🙂

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      • mary
        mary 25 March, 2024, 21:49

        Hi Melinda, i live in Los Angeles and thought this movie event was being streamed (old covid days) but realized tonight when i was prompted to pick up my tickets that it was actually in Tacoma so i was happy to see from an earlier post that it’s part of PBS’s Independent Lens series so we will watch there. I have 2 very close friends (male and female) who were diagnosed with Parkinson’s within a year of each other. I wanted to see it but also suggested they watch it too. Thanks for answering questions, warmly, mary

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        • Melinda Raebyne
          Melinda Raebyne 25 March, 2024, 23:33

          Hi Mary,

          It looks like our Tacoma group updated their screening options and it’ll be shown both in-person and virtual. Please take a look at the event listing for information on how to join online and please feel free to share about the screening with your friends. 🙂

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  2. Adrian
    #2 Adrian 16 March, 2024, 06:14

    I had a chance to see this in an early screening. As a person living with Parkinson’s I am so grateful for this beautiful, accurate, honest and deeply touching portrayal of this chronic disease. When I have friends ask me what is parkinson’s like, this is what I will show them. Thank you so much for creating and distributing it.

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    • Melinda Raebyne
      Melinda Raebyne 18 March, 2024, 23:59

      Hi Adrian,

      Thank you for sharing this with us. To clarify, we didn’t make the film, but we did show it. We want to make sure the directors to this documentary gets the credit for their work. We will pass this information along to our other groups in hope it’ll inspire them to show the film as well. 🙂

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