Sometimes the premise of a film is so compelling that no recounting of the story will do. We describe the film only so you have a point of reference by which you know it must be seen. Only God Could Hear Me is Colin Sanders' film chronicling inventor Bruce Baker's creation "Minspeak," a hieroglyphics-based method of communication that allows people silenced by cerebral palsy to speak through a voice synthesizer. These are the unfortunate few who cannot communicate through hand signals or speech to convey needs, ideas and desires. The four patients in the film Chris Klein, Jennifer Lowe, Lucas McCarty and Bac Shelton can finally step out of the darkness and join the rest of the human race through Minspeak. Like a dam bursting, like nature unveiled, they hear their ideas vocalized and their lives are improved a thousandfold. All proceeds from tonight's screening benefit the Pittsburgh Employment Conference for Augmented Communicators through SHOUT, a Western Pennsylvania 501(c)3 organization working for those who want employment and rely on methods of communication like Minspeak.
Sun., May 22, 7 p.m.; Tue., May 24, 7 p.m., 2011