Mark Utter: “I Am In Here!”

A message from Mark.

Thursday night we joined other Mark Utter fans for an update on his film project. An added boon was the presence of Burlington’s Jernigan Pontiac.

Mark has raised over $20,000 towards his $25,000 Kickstarter goal. However, he needs to raise the rest by Monday! Please visit Kickstarter, see the trailer, and donate today!

For those of you who don’t know Mark, he is a very bright, articulate guy who is effected by a communications disorder. As a result, most of his communication is either nonverbal or via typing, with the assistance of another person. In spite of this, he has written a screen play about his life. He is now in the process of turning that screen play into a short film, with the aid of his long time associate, Emily Anderson, and others.  Thursday’s event was a fundraiser for the film project.

Jernigan Pontiac, who has published two best selling books about his life as a cabbie, read a brief piece about a life changing interaction with a couple who were both deaf and blind. Then Mark and Emily introduced the audience to the possibilities of assisted communication. Finally, Mark responded, via the computer keyboard and a projector, to audience questions. Mark types with one finger, thus he very carefully considers his responses!

Mark’s film, I am In Here, explores his day-to-day life, and the faulty assumptions of many people who meet him. Before assisted communication entered his life, there was no way for him to share his deep thinking about the world. Indeed, most people he met assumed he was developmentally delayed. He still meets with daily challenges as he navigates a world where most people communicate easily.

Mark has raised over $20,000 towards his $25,000 Kickstarter goal. However, he needs to raise the rest by Monday! Please visit Kickstarter, see the trailer, and donate today!

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