Time: “I just love this movie,” says Michael Eisner.
“It’s the perfect combination of old school and modern-day action, which is exactly what you need in today’s society.”
The story of Michael Eissenberg, a young man with a rare genetic mutation, is a quintessential American story.
Eisner, director of the iconic 1970s film, The Graduate, says he was inspired to direct the film after reading a book on genetics called The Case Against Inheritence.
He’s one of many Hollywood vets who were inspired to make movies about the condition when Eissberg’s parents, parents who died when he was 2, had a rare illness that rendered him unable to talk.
Eissenburg, a college freshman, and his friend, Tom (Tommy Lee Jones), were given a diagnosis of rare genetic disorder that left him with a weakness for music and a lack of coordination, making it difficult for them to walk.
They had a hard time communicating and eventually went on a quest to find a cure.
“We were so frustrated and frustrated,” Eissheim recalls.
“But at the end of the day, we knew we had a chance to get our son out of this.
So that was one of the reasons we made The Case, and that was the one of those things that was so motivating to me.”
The movie, written by Eisner and Tom Lee Jones, was based on the novel by David Foster Wallace.
“I didn’t even know the book was going to get made,” Eisner says.
“And I had seen a few of the trailers, but I didn’t know what was going on with this film.
It was such a strange story, and it was like, this is so important.”
It was the first time a film about a rare disease was being made, and the film set the tone for future documentaries about the disease.
“You never want to give up hope,” Eisengers father, Mike, says.
And as they worked to raise awareness of the condition, they began to realize there was a much broader population of people affected by it.
“As the years went by, we started to realize, OK, there’s about 1.3 million people living with this genetic condition and it’s really only about 20 percent of the population, but they’ve got so much more to do than just being able to walk,” says Eisner’s mother, Barbara.
“They have a lot more to contribute to society.”
One of Eisners favorite movies is The Graduate and the other movies that inspired it, The Girl Who Died, The Boy Who Fell in Love, and The Great Gatsby, have been re-edited into a documentary called The Last Word, due to premiere May 12.
“This is a documentary about the lives of the people affected with rare disease and their lives, their stories, their struggles,” says Barbara Eisner of the film.
“For me, it’s a celebration of the things that make us human.”
The film, based on interviews with more than 20 people with the condition who came forward to tell their stories to the documentary, tells the story of a family that came to believe their son was the only child with the disease in the world.
Michael Eisman is an artist, filmmaker, and musician, known for his music videos and music videos for bands including Big Black, The New Pornographers, and Red Light Boys.
He was born with a disorder that causes him to lose his sight, deafness, and muscle coordination, but his parents believed he had a much better chance of survival.
“The thing about Michael is, he always thought he was going the right way,” Barbara says.
They were wrong.
“He was never taught to be a superhero,” Mike says.
Eisner says they’ve spent many years in a constant battle with their son.
“Our goal was to show that the world does not want Michael to be disabled,” he says.
Michael’s parents have since died and his brother, Daniel, was born two years after the family decided to try and find a genetic cure.
In the early 1990s, he was diagnosed with mitochondrial DNA disorder, a rare disorder in which the DNA of the body’s mitochondria — the powerhouses of the cell — breaks down.
This results in a genetic mutation that affects the body, and when it’s left untreated, it can cause problems for people.
But in his early 20s, Michael saw an opportunity to save his life.
The medical team he was on had found a way to repair his mitochondrial DNA and, by the time the genetic test came back negative, the doctors said Michael had a 100 percent chance of being cured.
“His life turned around,” Barbara Eisberg says.
The couple moved from Michigan to New York, where he received treatment at the NYU Langone Medical Center.