The struggle to create is nothing new; every artist battles with the blank page.
Voluntary Gestures explores the relationship between artistic expression and a neurological disorder called Tourette Syndrome (TS).
Featuring an intimate portrait of artist Jeffrey Koterba, we discover how TS acts as a creative – or destructive – force in his illustrations, writing and music.
Jeffrey is a published author (Inklings – a memoir), syndicated editorial cartoonist (Omaha World Herald) and a professional musician (Prairie Cats), who lives and works in Omaha, Nebraska.
Voluntary Gestures premiered at the Omaha Film Festival, March 8th, 2012, and won 2 awards:
Audience Choice: Best Short Film
Jury Prize: Honorary Mention Best Nebraska Short
Cast: Jeffrey Koterba
Director: Stefan Morel
Executive producer: Bruce Dawson
Cinematographer: Stefan Morel
Editor: Stefan Morel
Original music: Jeffrey Koterba + Josh Koterba
Additional music: Prairie Cats
Additional music: Sail by the stars
Illustrations: Jeffrey Koterba
Excerpts from “Inklings: a memoir“, written by Jeffrey Koterba
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Literary agent: Amy Moore-Benson, AMB Literary Management
Special thanks: The Omaha World Herald
Running time: 25 minutes
This film is part of the @random project, developed by Saatchi & Saatchi for the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada.