The 2018 festival will take place Nov. 1-11, 2018. Below is information regarding the 2017 festival.

A Spark of Nerve


Monday, Nov. 9 at 5:05pm

After 15-year-old Loren was brutally stabbed five times, severing her jugular and nerves in her neck, the treating neurosurgeon said her arm would never move again. Michael, an Illinois attorney, faced a similar dead-end diagnosis after a freak accident embedded a chainsaw into his neck, paralyzing his arm. The survivor of a horrific late-night car accident in St. Louis, Chelsey also was left with a now-useless arm. None of these patients was willing to accept paralysis -- or possible amputation -- but they needed to receive help quickly or the paralyzed state of their limbs would become permanent. As they desperately searched for a cure, each found hope with Dr. Susan E. Mackinnon, a plastic surgeon at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Mackinnon's pioneering work in peripheral-nerve-transfer surgery is restoring movement to limbs that many doctors believed were permanently paralyzed. “A Spark of Nerve” weaves together the extraordinary stories of Loren, Michael, Chelsey, and other trauma patients as they fight their way back from paralysis because of Mackinnon’s groundbreaking work.

U.S., 2015, 67 min.

Directed by

Linda Schaller



Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight Show-Me Cinema Women in Film Spotlight


Science and Medicine Health

With director Schaller, composer Fred Story, and subjects.

Advance tickets to this free show can be obtained online, but a $1.01 service charge applies.

Sponsored by

Shirley Sahrmann, P.T., Ph.D.