Stroke Survivor's Story Told Through Film and Music at Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — “Stroke of Genius,” a 51-minute documentary about an advertising writer’s inspiring recovery from a massive stroke, will be screened at Ithaca College on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Accompanying the screening will be singer/songwriter Marc Black, who will perform songs based on the poems written by the survivor, Dan Mountain, detailing his recovery. Free and open to the public, the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Textor 102. A question-and-answer session will follow.

When Mountain first suffered his stroke, doctors gave him zero chance of any meaningful recovery. In fact, after 21 days in a coma, life support was stopped. Mountain, however, regained consciousness. His journey back from what he calls “the abyss” is described in his poems, which Black put to music and recorded, with collaboration from Art Garfunkel, John Sebastian, the Dixie Hummingbirds and other musicians Black knows from his performing and recording career.

“The ‘Stroke of Genius’ program has helped hundreds of stroke survivors with self acceptance and as well as encouragement to continue their recovery,” said Yvonne Rogalski, assistant professor of speech-language pathology and audiology. “Many health professionals have also told us the program is a powerful reminder of each patient’s uniqueness and unlimited potential.”

For more information on “Stroke of Genius,” visit

For more information on the event, contact Keith Davis, assistant director of media relations, at or (607) 274-1153.

The event is sponsored by the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance and the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute.

Originally published in IC News: Stroke Survivor's Story Told Through Film and Music at Ithaca College.

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