Free Oct. 2 “Twitch” Huntington disease documentary screening and lecture

Monday, August 11, 2014


What: Screening of “Twitch” documentary 
Date: Oct. 2 (Thursday), doors open at 6:30 p.m. screening begins at 7 p.m. (film run time 45 minutes) 
Location: Seamans Center (map), Room 1505 (first floor auditorium), parking available in the Capitol Street Garage adjoining the Old Capitol Town Center 
Admission: Free and open to the public (donations accepted to help fund screening tour) 
Speaker: “Twitch” creator and star Kristen Powers will be at the screening! She will follow the film with a discussion and Q-and-A session. 
Contact info: Sean Thompson, 319-384-4094, 

The nine-stop “Twitch” international screening tour is coming to Iowa City and you are invited to attend the FREE screening of this inspiring documentary! The film’s creator and star Kristen Powers (pictured), a2012 TEDxTeen speaker and student at Stanford University, will be on campus for the screening to talk about the issues surrounding genetic testing and Huntington disease, and answer questions about her incredible journey. KristenPowers

“Twitch” (click here for the film website and trailer) is the first documentary to follow the life of an individual (Powers) going through genetic testing for Huntington disease (HD), a genetic neurological brain disorder that diminishes one’s ability to walk, talk, think and reason, eventually leading to death. A child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the genetic mutation that causes HD. 

The film will chronicle the emotional, political, economic, social and medical journey through this important test, as well as the impact on the individual’s future and day-to-day life after receiving the test results. Powers hopes that the momentum from this film will lead to a national conversation about genetic testing and the continued search for a cure for Huntington disease and other genetic diseases. 

Powers and “Twitch” have received significant media attention, having been featured on the “CBS Sunday Morning Show” and in USA TodayTeen Vogue, and The Stanford Daily

This film is especially relevant for students studying genetic counseling, medicine, biomedicine, cinema, psychology or sociology, as well as for those affected by HD, documentary lovers, and the general public. 

This event is co-presented by the UI Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Center of Excellence and the HDSA Iowa Chapter

Join the “Twitch” FREE HD documentary screening and lecture/discussion event page on Facebook 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, contact Sean Thompson at 319-384-4094.