I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me

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I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me
I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me DVD cover.jpg
DVD release cover
Distributed by HBO
Directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Produced by Ellen Goosenberg Kent
Beth Aala
Tourette Syndrome Association
Cinematography Buddy Squires
Editing by Andrew Morreale
Country United States
Release date
  • November 12, 2005 (2005-11-12)
Running time 27 minutes

I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me is a documentary film featuring children between the ages of six and thirteen with Tourette syndrome. The film examines the lives of more than a dozen children who have Tourette's, and explores the challenges they face.

The 27-minute television documentary was produced by HBO in conjunction with the Tourette Syndrome Association, and first aired on HBO on November 12, 2005. Ellen Goosenberg Kent is the director and producer, and Sheila Nevins is the executive producer.[1][2]

Plot summary[edit]

Children with Tourette's Syndrome discuss the challenges of living with Tourette's, a misunderstood and often stigmatizing condition. They demonstrate some of their tics, and talk about their lives with tics including embarrassing and isolating situations at school and among friends. Professionals and experts offer further information about Tourette's on the DVD.

Cast[edit]

Amanda, Aungeni, Colin, Conor, David, Jacob, Jasper, Julian, Kim, Mackenzie, Matthew, Michaela, Michael, Riley, Seth, Veronica, and William—children ages six to thirteen whose last names have been withheld—play themselves.

Reception[edit]

Described by the Cincinnati Enquirer as "the best simple overview yet of Tourette's", it portrays "thoughtful and eloquent observations" of children coping with the condition.[3]

Awards[edit]

The documentary received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program, tying with the Disney Channel movie High School Musical.[4] It was nominated for 2006 Emmy Awards in two categories: Outstanding Children's Program, and Outstanding Cinematography For Nonfiction Programming—Single-Camera Productions.[5]

The documentary also won a Clarion award from The Association for Women in Communications in the category "TV Children's Educational Program—Target Audiences ages 11 and up."[6] It also won a Parents' Choice Award,[7] a Voice Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA),[8] and a Media Access Award, recognizing those who use their medium to increase public awareness and understanding.[9]

It was also nominated for a Directors Guild of America award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ John Dempsey (2005-10-10). "HBO Tinkers with helm of 'Deadwood'". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 2008-12-12. 
  2. ^ I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me. HBO. Retrieved on May 9, 2006.
  3. ^ Holtgren, Bruce. "Truth about Tourette's not what you think." Cincinnati Enquirer, January 11, 2007. Retrieved on January 16, 2007.
  4. ^ "I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me" Wins an Emmy. Tourette Syndrome Association. Retrieved on January 4, 2007.
  5. ^ "I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me" nominated for two Emmy Awards. Tourette Syndrome Association. Retrieved on January 14, 2007.
  6. ^ "I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me" wins a Clarion Award. Tourette Syndrome Association. Retrieved on January 14, 2007.
  7. ^ "I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me" wins parents' choice award. Tourette Syndrome Association. Retrieved on January 14, 2007.
  8. ^ "I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me" wins Voice Award. Tourette Syndrome Association. Retrieved on January 14, 2007.
  9. ^ "I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me" wins a Media Access Award. Tourette Syndrome Association. Retrieved on January 14, 2007.
  10. ^ "I Have Tourette's but Tourette's Doesn't Have Me" Receives Its First Nomination. Tourette Syndrome Association. Retrieved on January 14, 2007.

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