Enzian Theater (Maitland, FL): The Diving Bell and the Butterfly*

National Evening of Science on Screen
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1hr 22mins // directed by:Julien Schnabel // featuring:Mathieu Amalric

Enzian Theater (Maitland, FL) will present a screening of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, introduced by Dr. Evan Allen. Please click here for event details.

At age 43, former French Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome – unable to speak or move any part of his body, except for his left eye. Using that eye, he blinked out the memoir on which Julian Schnabel’s stunning film is based. Evan Allen, MD, medical director of the Neuroscience Institute at Florida Hospital Orlando, speaks before the film about locked-in syndrome and the relationship between mind and brain. Q&A follows the film.


About the Film

Julian Schnabel’s visual masterpiece based on the memoirs of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, at age 43, develops Locked-in Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder characterized by complete paralysis of voluntary muscles except for those that control eye movement.


About the Speaker  

Dr. Evan Allen, Medical Director of the Neuroscience Institute at Florida Hospital Orlando, will talk about the relationship between mind and brain as well as take a neurological look at stroke, coma, and Locked-in Syndrome. Dr. Allen is board certified in psychiatry and neurology. He has served as the Stroke Program Director at Orlando Regional Healthcare System and was the Executive Director and Founder of the North Florida Stroke Coalition. He is a member of the American Stroke Association and Premium Professional member of the Stroke Council. A well-regarded speaker and presenter, Dr. Allen has been published in many peer reviewed journals and given lectures around the country.  

* = Past recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize (given annually to outstanding feature films focusing on science or technology as a theme, or depicting a scientist, engineer or mathematician as a major character).