OPENING NIGHT FILM
Will Lautzenheiser was chasing the loves of his life. A year into a promising relationship, he landed a dream job teaching film. After his first two classes, he visited the hospital for a persistent pain that, unbeknownst to him, was being caused by a deadly infection. To save his life, doctors amputated his arms and legs. In an instant, Will's life was derailed. Fast-forward: Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston is performing experimental full-face and arm transplants that restore bodies to unprecedented levels. Risking his life, Will signs up for the program in the hope of reclaiming his independence.
STUMPED is based on Director Robin Berghaus's short film of the same title (IFFBoston 2014). In this deeply personal story, Will copes with the loss of his filmmaking career by pursuing stand-up comedy; navigates an evolving relationship with his partner, Angel; and gradually transforms, physically and spiritually, with newly transplanted arms. Filmed over four years, STUMPED pays tribute to the human spirit and our capacity to overcome challenges when we dare to focus on the future.