Press, Awards & Honors

Our team on Opening Night at Independent Film Festival Boston: Dr. Simon Talbot, Lynn Dowling, Asia Kepka, Sam Kauffmann, Robin Berghaus, Will Lautzenheiser, Angel Gonzalez, Dr. Matthew Carty Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz

Opening Night at 2017 Independent Film Festival Boston: Dr. Simon Talbot, Lynn Dowling, Asia Kepka, Sam Kauffmann, Robin Berghaus, Will Lautzenheiser, Angel Gonzalez, Dr. Matthew Carty Photo by Adrianne Mathiowetz

Awards & Honors

Winner, Global Health Competition
2017 Cleveland International Film Festival

Winner, DOX Spotlight Competition
2017 Tallgrass Film Festival

Winner, Best Feature Documentary
Youth Film Jury Award
2017 Rhode Island International Film Festival

Best of the Fest
2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival

Showcase Film
2017 Frameline

Meghna Chakrabarti, Robin Berghaus and Will Lautzenheiser after an interview on WBUR's Radio Boston. Photo by Alison Bruzek

Meghna Chakrabarti, Robin Berghaus and Will Lautzenheiser at WBUR’s Radio Boston. Photo by Alison Bruzek

Opening Night Film
2017 Independent Film Festival Boston
2017 Milwaukee Film Festival


In The Press

The Boston Globe “Inspiring, heartbreaking and…hilarious”
by Peter Keough, The Boston Globe

Vanyaland
“There’s an incredibly beautiful b-story about devotion…and it’s astonishing how much emotion is packed into STUMPED”
by Nick Johnston, Vanyaland

STUMPED featured in "The Improper Bostonian"

STUMPED featured in “The Improper Bostonian”

Paste Magazine“Cinema should be so lucky to see a film as upfront and accessible…The images Berghaus captures through her lens are images we can’t erase from our minds.”
by Andy Crump, Paste

CTV“Amazing characters, POWERFUL doc…”
by Jason Gorber, CTV News Channel

arts-fuse-logo“Spirited, crowd-pleasing medical drama…”
by Gerald Peary, The Arts Fuse

Radio Boston… A Life After Tragedy And Double Arm Transplant
by Alison Bruzek and Meghna Chakrabarti, WBUR’s Radio Boston

The Improper Bostonian“The show must go on, indeed.”
by Brett Michel, The Improper Bostonian

New England Film… STUMPED is both a celebration of its subject and a love letter to the city of Boston
by Evan Crean, NewEnglandFilm.com

KESQ interview

Jeff Stahl of KESQ interviews Will Lautzenheiser and Robin Berghaus during the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival

CIFF “Comedy was cathartic…a gateway for Will to educate and engage audiences about what it’s like to live with severe disabilities.”
by Annie Zaleski, The Daily

Boston University“For me, this was 100 percent the right thing to do, and nothing so far has caused me to have any second guesses or regrets.”
by Amy Laskowski, BU Today

Channel 3 News KESQ CBS Local 2“The director and star of STUMPED discuss their film, part of this 2018’s Palm Springs International Film Festival. Robin Berghaus and Will Lautzenheiser on KESQ.”
hosted by Jeff Stahl, KESQ

Wall Street Journal's 'Photo of the Day' features Will Lautzenheiser at a press conference at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Photo by Brian Snyder/REUTERS

Wall Street Journal‘s “Photo of the Day” features Will Lautzenheiser at a press conference at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Photo by Brian Snyder, Reuters

Desert Sun logo“’The movie was very inspirational…it had a lot to say to people who are struggling, with anything,’ said Clarissa Castro, a junior at La Quinta High.”
by Sherry Barkas, Desert Sun

Frameline“…powerful and funny…a beautifully lensed, emotional, and incredible journey” Frameline


Stories about Will Lautzenheiser and Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Here & Now“Now, Will can turn a doorknob, feed himself, write with a pen and feel the rain on his hands.”
by Robin Young, National Public Radio’s Here & Now

Stat“Your hands are engines of communication and intimacy…to have that restored for me has been amazing.”
by Karen Weintraub, STAT

The Lapse. Episide 30 "His My Arms" with Will Lautzenheiser

The Boston Globe“I said, ‘no, this would never be a possibility for me. This is totally farfetched. Now it’s happened. It’s amazing.'”
by Liz Kowalczyk, The Boston Globe

Here & Now“These are living, changing hands. We felt the pulse after surgery. The nails and hair are growing. It’s astonishing.'”
by Robin Young, National Public Radio’s Here & Now

The Lapse“Flesh-eating bacteria. A loss of all four limbs. And then? That’s when Will’s story gets really wild.”
by Kyle Guest, The Lapse

The Boston Globe“I’m pretty sure their humor helped keep me sane. Rehab turned out to be an ideal incubator for the show.”
by James Sullivan, The Boston Globe

STUMPED team at the 2017 Cleveland International Film Festival.

STUMPED team and friends at the 2017 Cleveland International Film Festival.

Here & Now“The twins speak about the impact on both their lives and about how stand-up comedy has become a healing tool for Will.”
by Robin Young, National Public Radio’s Here & Now

Harvard Gazette“He’s looking forward to not just regaining function, but also helping to answer questions such as the long-term effects of anti-rejection drugs, which could aid future patients.”
by Alvin Powell, Harvard Gazette

The Boston Globe“…he looks forward to holding niece and his partner, cooking, and resuming his film career.”
by Yasmeen Abutaleb, The Boston Globe


Stories about STUMPED (2014)

Robin Young (right) interviews Will Lautzenheiser. At left is his partner Angel Gonzalez. On the couch is twin Tom Lautzenheiser. (Sam Fields/Here & Now)

National Public Radio’s “Here & Now” host Robin Young (right) interviews Will Lautzenheiser, his partner Angel Gonzalez (left), and twin Tom Lautzenheiser Photo by Sam Fields

STUMPED is proof of the limitless possibilities of short film…in ten minutes, this moving documentary includes belly-laugh moments, devastating drama, and an inspiring story arc.”
by Andrew Travers, Time Out: Aspen Daily News

“an unpitying look…The camera brings us face-to-face into [his] forthright and funny response.”
by Erin Trahan, WBUR’s The ARTery

“From our festival seats we travel together to all seven continents–even Antarctica–to experience the imagination of our talented filmmakers and their creative risk-taking.”
by Melina Gills, Indiewire

STUMPED Production Stills

STUMPED Sponsors: Frameline, LEF, Austin Film Society and Women in Film Dallas