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voluntary gestures

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.