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Tourette Syndrome is a genetic disorder that can cause a bizarre range of involuntary movements, obscene vocalizations and compulsions.



Twitch and Shout provides an intimate journey into the startling world of Tourette Syndrome (TS), allowing the viewer to start to make contact with, and ultimately to understand, some of the people living with it.

Through the eyes of a photojournalist with TS, the film introduces the viewer to other individuals with TS, including a professional basketball player, an artist, an actress, and a Mennonite lumberjack.

Twitch and Shout is an emotionally absorbing, sometimes unsettling, and finally, uplifting film about people who must contend with a society that often sees them as crazy or bad – and a body and mind that won't do what it's told.


“What a wonderful, compassionate, funny instructive, inspiring, and flat out brilliant documentary...Twitch and Shout is an hour likely to change your opinion or change you, period. It doesn't get much better than this.”
– The New York Daily News

Twitch and Shout powerfully conveys the richness and range of Tourette Syndrome from the inside.”
– Dr. Oliver Sacks

“Marvelously moving (and improbably funny).”
– The New Yorker

Twitch and Shout is a gem of a film which conveys the human side of Tourette Syndrome in a way no textbook ever can. I will continue to use it as a key teaching tool in my courses.”
– Edward A. Kravitz, Professor, Harvard Medical School

“It enlightens us - in the full meaning of the word by throwing the light of understanding on what we don't know and therefore fear. Highly recommended. Editor's choice. **** ”
– Video Librarian


  • 1996 Emmy Award Nominee

  • PBS Natl. Broadcast, 1995 P.O.V. series

  • Best of Category - Golden Gate Awards, 1995 San Francisco Int'l Film Festival

  • Gold Apple Award - Natl. Educational Media Network

  • Best Documentary Film - Southern California Psychiatric Society

  • WorldFest Gold Award - Charleston Int'l Film & Video Festival

  • Outstanding Independent Video Award - New England Film & Video Festival

  • CINE Golden Eagle

  • Award of Excellence & Pyramid for Distinction in Medical Communications-American Medical Writers Assn.

  • Robinson Award nomination in Electronic Media from the American Psychiatric Association

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