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#docchat: Join a Twitter Chat with ‘When I Walk’ Filmmakers Jason DaSilva & Alice Cook

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When I Walk

Jason DaSilva was 25 years old and a rising independent filmmaker when a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis changed everything — and inspired him to make another film.

Filmmaker-subjects Jason DaSilva and Alice Cook of the POV documentary When I Walk and disability arts expert Amanda Cachia are taking your questions pursuing a full and creative life while living with multiple sclerosis or while facing other disabilities.

Join the chat on Twitter and ask the filmmakers questions by tweeting with the hashtag #docchat. The chat will be live on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, from 7-9 PM ET (4-6 PM PT).

Here is an overview of the event:

When: Tuesday, June 24, 2014, from 7-9 PM ET (4-6 PM PT). If you can’t make it, you can send in your questions ahead of time by using the hashtag #docchat or in a comment below.

Who: Filmmaker-subjects Jason DaSilva and Alice Cook will be tweeting from @wheniwalk and @axsmap. Disability arts expert Amanda Cachia will be tweeting from @AmandaCachia2. POV will be moderating from @povdocs.

How: To submit a question, send a tweet with the hashtag #docchat from a Twitter account, or leave a comment below if you don’t have an account. To follow the conversation, search the hashtag #docchat on Twitter. You can also bookmark this post and return on Wednesday, June 25 to view an archived transcript of the conversation.

Submit a question now »

On June 23, 2014 at 10 PM, POV will present the national broadcast premiere of When I Walk on PBS (Check local listings). The film will be available for streaming on the POV website from June 24 to July 23, 2014.

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POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.
  • Helen

    This almost made me cry, I have MS but only collapsed like the time on the beach for him, once every five or so years. I am still able to dress and care for myself at 67. My genetic inheritance may be a different kind of MS but early in my 20′s my diet turned toward more natural and organic foods. Giving up even whole wheat helped. I don’t do Twitter as it crashed when it first expanded. Facebook also irritated me with the invasion of privacy. Bad enough Carnivore. etc. snoopes so I hope both Allison and Jason are eating healthy as they both are under extreeeem stress. This is the only place I will send them a message, I hope you all did not have a second baby, once a genetic break happens in an ancestor, and Jason is now an ancestor, it is passed to offspring either as a dominant or recessive which has effect on subsequent descendants if not the immediate kids.
    Did Jason have a northern European in his family history somewhere way back? Or did he just have a mutation all special to himself? Karma was really nasty for him. Please, Allison, continue the saga, it is so sad that such a young and creative person is struck down.

  • Chris

    I was so moved. God bless you.
    What happened to the baby?

  • AliBama

    I see my husband in Jason. We’re at the early stages of his MS, only 1 year in. We both suspect he has PPMS as opposed to RRMS. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • jaunita

    I would love to know how Jason and Alice are doing today. I actually stumbled upon the program as it started last night and was ‘hooked’ after the first couple minutes. What an inspiring story!

  • laurita.snow

    Hi Jason and Alice,
    I just wanted to say thank you so much for posting this incredibly brave video. I do not have MS nor do I know anyone who has it, so of course, I cannot claim to know what you’re going through, but a bit over a year ago I went from being totally able bodied to acquiring a chronic pain condition that affects nearly every aspect of my life, that I am still trying to get a handle on. Since I am also 25, I could really, really relate to the way you talk about your psyche ‘not having caught up with you yet.’ This video makes me cry-but what necessary tears they are. This project reminded me that good things and (bad things) can happen to anyone at any time, and that you never know, just by looking, what’s going on with someone, at least medically speaking.

    Take care, both of you, and much love from Canada.

  • Janine

    Jason, I’m so stunned after watching your film that I don’t even know what I want to say – I just feel compelled to know more and to tell everyone I know about the real bravery both you and Alice have in every waking moment.

  • Penny Timmerman

    What an amazing artist you are, Jason. I just happened upon your film and was glued to it… The pacing, music, illustration, narrative , authenticity. As an artist myself, I hope for many takeaways. Beautiful, both of you.