Sep 03 2019 Posted: 09:57 IST

Niamh Heery’s A TINY SPARK, will screen at the prolific DOCUTAH Festival this week. It is the most recent film produced through the ‘Science on Screen’ initiative created by CÚRAM, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Medical Devices at NUI Galway and Galway Film Centre.

 Produced by Caroline Kealy of Swansong Films, A TINY SPARK focuses on three stroke survivors, Rebecca, Trevor and Helen, who talk about life after a stroke and their individual roads to recovery. It also looks at research which is being led by NUI Galway neuroscientist, Dr Karen Doyle, and involves the analysis of removed blood clots to determine what information they may yield and could point to big improvements for stroke treatment. It is the first study of its kind in the world, and is an international collaborative study between NUI Galway, hospital partners in Beaumont Hospital and throughout Europe, and the Mayo Clinic in the US. The research is carried out in partnership with Cerenovus.

 DOCUTAH, taking place from the 2nd to the 7th September 2019 in St. George, Utah, is an international documentary film festival that celebrates the art of documentary filmmaking with programmes providing creative, cultural and educational engagement. A TINY SPARK will screen at 8.30pm (East Coast) on Tuesday the 3rd and 11:50am on Friday the 6th of September 2019. For more information see festival programme here. Producer Caroline Kealy will be in attendance at this prestigious festival where A TINY SPARK is included in the ‘Films to your Health ‘ strand, alongside other documentaries examining the impact of illness and the potential for recovery.

 A TINY SPARK was recently awarded the Best Medical Short at Sci On! Film Festival in Nevada and has previously screened at festivals worldwide including Oregon Documentary Festival and SCINEMA Australia.

 Follow the films journey on Twitter and Facebook: @atinyspark1

 #ScienceOnScreen #ATinySpark #GalwayFilmCentre #CURAM #CeantarScannán #GalwayCityOfFilm

 Web links:

http://www.galwayfilmcentre.ie/category/science-on-screen/

http://www.curamdevices.ie/curam/public-engagement/science-on-screen/

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