Capture an insider’s point of view into the making of The PBA Film Project (working title) from producer Julian Cautherley. Learn why he chose to become a part of this project and what he hopes to accomplish with the making of this film about PseudoBulbar Affect (PBA).
Q: Why did you choose to work on a documentary about PseudoBulbar Affect (PBA)?
A: I found the condition itself very intriguing. The idea that people could have a condition where they lost control of their emotions in a very basic way was, in my opinion, very scary and misunderstood. I also liked the concept of an authentic film about this little-known condition that’s estimated to affect nearly 2 million Americans. The fact that people from across the country were all going through a similar process, combined with the possibility of sharing those stories with others in the hope of shedding more light on PBA, drew me in.
Q: Did your work on previous films influence your level of interest?
Working on The Crash Reel, a film about a young snowboarder who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), influenced my decision to participate in the film – in many ways, I saw PBA as an extension of the world I’d been involved in (TBI) since brain injury is one of the underlying conditions associated with PBA. I also worked on a short documentary about Huntington's disease called The Lion’s Mouth Opens. While working on this, I learned that a film can be truly empowering for the subject of the film. If our film about PBA can have a similar effect on our cast, that would be amazing.
Q: What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned/discovered so far during the making of The PBA Film Project?
It’s a little bit of a cliché, but really what you learn from these people is that ultimately we’re not all that different. We may live in different parts of the country and have different lifestyles and beliefs, but at the end of the day we all have similar hopes and dreams. We’re all unified in a way and we shouldn’t let differences like PBA stand in the way of relating and being kind to each other.
Q: What is the one thing you’d like others to take away after watching the documentary?
After watching the film, I’d love for people to leave wanting to tell another person about PBA and about these cast members’ stories. I hope that this film can help people understand that PBA is a real, treatable condition. I think the cast members will probably find that casual and close friends and family will see them in a different light after watching, and I think they will treat them with more love and respect.