My Beautiful Stutter
CO-PRODUCED BY MICHAEL ALDEN AND RYAN GIELEN
DIRECTED BY RYAN GIELEN
EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY PAUL RUDD AND GEORGE SPRINGER
My Beautiful Stutter is a feature length documentary that tells the story of five young individuals and their extraordinary journey from bullied to bravery. We share their daily challenges at school, at home and in their community. My Beautiful Stutter received a number of awards including the audience award at the 2019 Napa Valley Film Festival, the best documentary award at the 2019 Boston International Kids Film Festival, and the audience award at the Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Many young people in our society are bullied for one reason or another. A child who stutters can avoid confrontation by merely choosing to remain silent. But, that silence has a price -- isolation, depression, and for some the contemplation of suicide.
At The Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY) -- possibly for the first time in their lives -- children meet other children who stutter. They are encouraged to speak freely. They attend summer camp and theater festivals and ultimately come together for an enormous benefit gala performance in New York City.
My Beautiful Stutter is there to witness that brave moment when a child who stutters chooses to speak out, when the need to be heard outshines the dark fear of being ridiculed. Individually and together, these young individuals make it clear through song and dance and spoken word, that each of them has something to say. And when they speak, it's beautiful.