Learning How to Fall: A film about Charlie Murphy’s journey with ALS

July 12, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
Donation gratefully accepted.
NOTE: Because of Healing Circles limited space, this event will be held at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
Join Charlie Murphy, Eric Mulholland, and filmmaker Nic Askew for the premier of this short film that sets out to capture the vast and meaningful depth of two lives facing the unexpected and devastating effects of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). The two courageous souls, Charlie Murphy and Eric Mulholland, are beloved members of the South Whidbey community.
Free event. Please make a donation of any size to the Charlie Murphy Healing Fund at the door.
You can reserve a ticket on EventBrite or just come to the door.
WICA wine reception following the show.
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“Learning How to Fall” is the latest in a series of evocative films called “Soul Biographies” crafted by English filmmaker and poet, Nic Askew. A Minneapolis resident, Askew travels the world working with organizations, foundations, and individuals to help them express the depth of their humanity and passion for life. “In my soul biographies I have set out to capture the soul of the human race in all of its shades and from all four corners so that we might see ourselves reflected in each other,” says Askew. “My films serve as an opportunity to truly wonder about the experience of our own lives.” 
Following the screening, Askew will demonstrate the method he uses to film his soul biographies through interviewing and live filming a community member who is part of Charlie’s care team. 
Charlie is internationally known for his groundbreaking work incorporating creativity into youth development. He co-founded and directed a global youth program called Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE Global), www.pyeglobal.org, with Langley resident Peggy Taylor. Charlie and Peggy co-authored the popular book Catch the Fire: An Art-Full Guide to Unleashing the Creative Power of Youth, Adults, and Communities.
Eric, Charlie’s husband, is an actor and acting teacher who has played many roles locally and in Seattle. Eric is walking through the journey of Charlie’s illness as his closest companion and primary caretaker. Charlie and Eric have a large circle of friends from Whidbey and beyond who are helping with care and support. 
A trailer for the film is available at:
For more info about Nic Askew and his work see:
“Nic is a rare genius when it comes to appreciating the essential human being that lies beneath the variety of masks we choose to cover ourselves with. The value is simple, deep, and far reaching.” 
– Tim Gallwey, bestselling author, The Inner Game of Tennis
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Sponsored by New Stories, a non-profit organization in Freeland. We are a group of social process designers, facilitators, artists, community organizers, mindfulness guides and storytellers dedicated to building thriving resilient communities through making change at the community level. Our work is guided by the power of asking thoughtful questions, the power of listening and the power of stories.