Filmmaker: Robin Berghaus

Runtime: 72 min

When filmmaker Will Lautzenheiser’s limbs are amputated, his life is derailed and he turns to stand-up comedy as therapy. Meanwhile, a world-famous medical team is performing transplants that restore bodies to unprecedented levels. Despite grave risks, Will agrees to undergo an experimental double-arm transplant in the hope of reclaiming his independence.

About The Filmmaker

Robin Berghaus has directed, produced, filmed and edited more than 100 short documentaries, commercials, and educational videos. STUMPED is her debut feature documentary.

Her work has been exhibited at the British Film Institute, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Frameline, and as part of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Science on Screen film series. She is a recipient of grants from LEF Foundation, Austin Film Society, Frameline and Women in Film Dallas. Her work has received dozens of honors and awards, including the Global Health Competition at Cleveland International Film Festival. She has worked with a range of clients and partners including the Mental Health Channel, Boston University, and Spectrum Media.

Robin visits high schools and universities to speak about documentary filmmaking and the major themes of STUMPED, including identity, community, risk-taking, science, health and experimental medicine. She has partnered with organ procurement organizations, medical schools, and hospitals to help educate communities about transplantation and to register people as organ donors.

Robin has an interdisciplinary background in science and film. She holds a BA in biology from Boston College, and an MFA in film production from Boston University.