Louis’ documentary is helping to erase people’s misunderstandings about epilepsy and also give support to those who need it. Opening up a national dialogue has not been easy. This film begins to open the door, helping people to become more sympathetic and supportive to people with epilepsy, who so often have to bear their experiences alone. The program is like no other, focusing on the need to make this hidden disorder a more open topic for the society at large in the United States with its balanced exploration of epilepsy and its personal, social and cultural impact. As the producer, he has written, filmed and created On The Edge, with funds raised funds from scores of family friends and individuals, through the tax-deductible IRS approved CTC Foundation. This documentary is both personally and professionally of highest importance to him and his immediate family.
Creating the documentary entailed interviewing more than 50 patients and their families, doctors, and the public, including numerous man-on-the-street style samplings were recorded to show the range of understanding, impressions, and misconceptions regarding Epilepsy. The PBS distribution of Louis’ On The Edge is facilitating it to achieve maximum penetration of the message in his film – educationally and socially important. On The Edge also offers hope. Some of the leading specialists in the field discuss the medical and social progress we are making in the realm of epilepsy and what new treatments are now in development. And many of the people now living with epilepsy reveal how they approach – and in many cases master – the difficult issues they face every single day. The result is a film that is informative and illuminating; no one seeing it will be left unmoved. As such, On The Edge is far more than a film; it is a brave and eloquent plea for understanding, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of our common humanity.