It's Still Me!
A Guide For People With Aphasia
& Their Loved Ones

“It’s Still Me!”
©2009 Buzzco Associates, inc.
Created and produced by Buzzco Associates, inc.
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Candy’s mother suffered a massive stroke in 1994 and then survived another 12 years with aphasia, the condition that impairs a person’s ability to process language.  Because she could no longer speak, Candy noticed that even well-meaning friends stopped talking with her, and in fact, avoided looking directly at her when they came to visit.  As a tribute to her and as a much needed public service, Buzzco created “It’s Still Me!” Click here for more information about the inspiration.

Buzzco was delighted when Allison Janney, the award-winning actress best known as CJ Cregg on “The West Wing,” agreed to narrate the film with her intelligent and caring voice.

Four aphasia centers (New York, Texas, California, and Canada) focus grouped the work-in-progress, and their input was invaluable in crafting the script.

Marc Black (the composer of “Oooh I Love My Coffee” which inspired our short film), we discovered, serendipitously, that he was already involved with the aphasia community through his documentary “A Stroke of Genius” about his friend, Dan Mountain.  It was natural that he and Candy wrote “Heart to Heart”, the theme song of "It’s Still Me!” and he subsequently scored the movie.

‘It’s Still Me!” is a 17-minute guide for people with aphasia and their loved ones, in order to help them learn how to communicate with each other more effectively. It explains what aphasia is, some basic brain function, how it feels to have aphasia, and demonstrates some ways to communicate without words.  It acknowledges that the loss of words is devastating, both for those who have aphasia and for the people around them.  More importantly, it also holds out hope for a rich and fulfilling future.


CREDITS

Directed & Designed by Candy Kugel & Vincent Cafarelli
Executive Producer Marilyn Kraemer
   
Narrated by Allison Janney
   
Animation Vincent Cafarelli
  Rick Broas
  Bryon Moore
  Candy Kugel
   
Written By Candy Kugel
With help From
Aphasia Center of West Texas
  Aphasia Center of California
  The Aphasia Institute
–Pat Arato Aphasia Centre
  National Aphasia Association
  Dan Mountain
  Jeff Thurman

Song “Heart to Heart”
Jesuma Publishing, ASCAP
© Buzzco Associates, inc. & Black Market Music

Music by Marc Black ASCAP
Lyrics BY Marc Black & Candy Kugel ASCAP
Performed by Marc Black
   
Sound Recording
& Design
Beatstreet Studios
Sound Design & Mix Jared O’Connell
With thanks to Joe Franco & Jane Fishel
 
Thanks to:
 
National Aphasia Association: www.Aphasia.org
  Ellayne S. Ganzfried, M.S.,
CCC-SLP
Joan Peters, Esq.,
Fundraising Consultant
Aphasia Center of West Texas: www.AphasiaWTx.org
  Beth Crawford, M.S., CCC-SLP
Kathryn Shelley, Executive Director
The Staff, Volunteers and Clients
Aphasia Center of California: www.aphasiacenter.org
  Roberta J. Elman. Ph.D,
CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS
Aphasia Institute: www.aphasia.ca
  Aura Kagan, Ph.D.
The Staff, Volunteers and Clients

 

Inspired by and Dedicated to
Adelaide (Chig) Kugel
Who lived with aphasia for more than 12 years


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Heart To Heart
The Closing Song for "It's Still Me!"

© Buzzco Associates, inc. & Black Market Music