Cleveland: Do you or someone you know suffer from dyslexia, the disorder often associated with a tendency to reverse letters when reading or writing?
At 7 p.m. Oct. 17, Shaker Square Cinemas in Cleveland will show Dislecksia: The Movie. The humorous documentary takes the point of view that dyslexia is a “learning difference” rather than a learning difficulty, as it has been mostly known.
Through interviews with prominent and successful dyslexics as well as those who study the brain anomaly, the filmmaker, Harvey Hubbell V, a dyslexic himself, sets about to make a case that those with the condition have an ability to excel at abstract thought in a way that is unique to dyslexic brains.
You may already know about notable dyslexic achievers like Albert Einstein or Thomas Edison. In the film, we hear from other famous people who are dyslexic like Billy Bob Thornton, Joe Pantoliano and Stephen J. Cannell, who wrote some popular TV dramas in the 1970s and ’80s, such as The A-Team and The Rockford Files.
Even the cultural touchstone, the game Twister, was invented by a dyslexic.
Dislecksia weaves in vintage classroom footage with interviews of celebrities, neuroscientists, educators and business leaders with dyslexia. 67 million people have the condition.
Shaker Square Cinemas at 13116 Shaker Square. More information is at www.clevelandcinemas.com.
Daryl V. Rowland covers Cleveland for the Beacon Journal. He can be reached at email@example.com.