Stacia Kalinoski, writer and director of the Brainstorm video

It is with great pleasure that the International League Against Epilepsy is presenting the documentary Brainstorm through an agreement with the film’s writer and director, Stacia Kalinoski. This film presents the impact that epilepsy has on the lives of three people with the disease and on their families. Brainstorm has been presented on American public television and to patient and medical groups, and it has changed many people’s views about epilepsy and its consequences.

Stacia is pleased to offer Public Performance Rights (PPR) to non-profits, schools and universities, and corporations who want to host a public screening of Brainstorm. Federal Copyright Law requires a PPR to show a film in a public setting. Find more information here on obtaining a DVD or streaming license with PPR

Comments that Ms. Kalinoski has received from American and international viewers have included:

“It's a work very respectful of people with epilepsy, and at the end we see that the three people involved have lives going for themselves and they are doing well. So it is encouraging." (Italy)

"I stumbled upon your movie at 3am when I was unable to sleep due to stress from the possibility of losing my job. Within 5 minutes of watching, I was in tears. FINALLY I found a movie that puts EVERYTHING I have tried to explain to so many people throughout my life into a platform I can share. Everything feeling you described, I shared with you. Every tear that you shed, I shed with you.”

"Your documentary and the knowledge and personal stories shared have helped me learn even more. I will take this new knowledge with me into work from now on each day and I thank you.” (Neurology clinic employee)

We hope that you find this documentary as moving and valuable as we have at the ILAE.

Please feel free to let us and Ms. Kalinoski know your thoughts about this important insight into how epilepsy affects lives.

Edward Bertram
Secretary General, ILAE


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“Stacia, just watched your documentary Brainstorm and wanted to thank you. What an impactful and inspirational film. I too have adult epilepsy and unfortunately had to retire from the military I still love. I’ve been putting off the surgery in my left temporal lobe and the documentary has made me reconsider. I don’t share my epilepsy with anyone except my family. Bizarre, I’ve been in combat but afraid of the reaction when I shared with friends.”

"I have several sisters and family members who are afraid of me due to my epilepsy type seizures. They started about 15 years ago while I was still teaching. I am now 63 years old, and having \"spells\" about twice a month.
I saw your documentary while flipping through my local PBS channels (all three of them). For the first time, I realized that what I have is NOT weird or freaky, and there might be help for me.”

"I saw your program on PBS a couple nights ago. So much has flooded through my mind since. At age 9 my son Jonathan sustained a Tramatic Brain Injury. The nonstop seizures (brain storm) were relentless. He had surgery to stop the bleed. When I saw you see the EEG, my heart tore. It reminded me of Jonathan’s.”