Special thanks to John Gomez for returning to Atlanta and sharing this film with the stuttering community and those who support people who stutter. Please visit https://www.whenistutter.org/ to learn more about this fantastic film.
What others are saying:
Cleveland International Film Festival: "There are a lot of misconceptions about stuttering. Some might surmise people do it because they’re anxious. Or they might think it’s due to emotional trauma or mental illness. Others may sadly assume stutterers have low intelligence. As you’ll see in WHEN I STUTTER, these assumptions are all false. But the stereotypes have led a number of people to stay silent. Stigmatized by society, they’re afraid to use their voices. Social interactions can be awkward for anyone. But imagine how difficult they would be if you were constantly scrutinizing every word that comes out of your mouth. The fear can jeopardize romantic encounters, compromise job opportunities, and disrupt even the simplest daily interactions—just ordering a cup of coffee can be challenging. Director John Gomez does a terrific job investigating the science behind stuttering, but it’s the intimate moments with the afflicted that are most impactful. Their inspiring stories put a human face on an often misunderstood disorder. With help from speech pathologists and a shift in society’s preconceived notions about stuttering, these brave individuals can finally be heard." —E.F.
About John Gomez, Director of When I Stutter
John Gomez was born and raised in Northern New Mexico. He attended Colorado College where he earned a degree in Philosophy and American Ethnic Studies. At the age of 24 he pursued an acting career in New York first and then tried his luck in Hollywood. At the age of 31 he decided to return to school to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. He graduated from California State University, Los Angeles with a Masters degree in Communication Disorders in 2009. Currently, he works as a Speech Pathologist for the Los Angeles Unified School District. He will begin teaching a graduate-level course on dysfluency at Cal State LA beginning in 2018. CSULA has also recently honored John with the Lois V. Douglass Distinguished Alumnus Award. John also moonlights as a filmmaker. In 2012 he established Keen Eye Productions. He has shot, edited, and produced several promotional videos, live events and various other short visual narratives. His first feature film, WHEN I STUTTER had its world premiere at the Cleveland International Film Festival on April, 2nd 2017 and has gone on to win 7 awards at film festivals across the world. It is a film that aims to illuminate some of the mysteries that surround stuttering and explores the psychological impact that this communication disorder can have on those who are challenged by it. John has also been honored with the Emerging Filmmaker Award from the prestigious Chagrin Documentary Film Festival