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

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