4/22/13: Prof. Frank Guenther is guest speaker at Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Science on Screen program
Coolidge Corner Theatre’s Science on Screen program is pleased to present Julian Schnabel’s 2007 film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly featuring an introduction by Frank Guenther, Boston University professor of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences and Biomedical Engineering.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
Tickets are $10 general admission or $8 students and Museum of Science members. Coolidge Corner Theatre members get free admission.
About the Film
In 1995, at age 43, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the successful and charismatic editor of Elle France magazine, suffered a massive stroke that left him with a rare condition called locked-in syndrome – mentally alert but unable to speak or move except for his left eye. With the help of a speech therapist, he learned to communicate by blinking that eye to signify letters of the alphabet. Blink by blink, letter by letter, he dictated a memoir, which became an international bestseller and the basis for artist and director Julian Schnabel’s fiercely beautiful film. Working with the brilliant cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (Lincoln, Saving Private Ryan), Schnabel immerses us in Bauby’s interior world — his memories, reveries, fantasies, loves and lusts — transforming a story of physical entrapment and spiritual renewal into exhilarating images.
About Frank Guenther
Professor Guenther uses a combination of brain imaging and computational modeling to characterize the brain networks involved in speech, and develops brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) that can restore speech and other capabilities to patients with locked-in syndrome. BMIs have produced astonishing laboratory demonstrations of locked-in patients controlling computers, speech synthesizers, and robotic arms using only their thoughts. Clinical trials are ongoing for several BMIs, promising a much more normal life for those with locked-in syndrome as these devices become widely available.