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“Learning How to Fall” premiere of a film about Charlie Murphy and his journey with ALS

  • Whidbey Island Center for the Arts 565 Camano Avenue Langley, WA, 98260 United States (map)

with Nic Askew, filmaker

The premiere of “Learning How to Fall”, a short film about Langley resident Charlie Murphy and his journey with ALS, followed by a demonstration of the filming process with the filmmaker, will be presented at WICA.

Nic Askew’s new film, “Learning How to Fall: Bearing Witness to the Deep and Visceral Experience of a Devastating Illness”, sets out to capture the vast and meaningful depth of two lives facing the unexpected and devastating effects of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). These two courageous souls, Charlie Murphy and Eric Mulholland, are beloved members of the South Whidbey community. 

Charlie Murphy is internationally known for his groundbreaking work incorporating creativity into youth development. He co-founded and directed a global youth program called Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE Global - with Langley resident Peggy Taylor. Eric Mullholland, Charlie’s husband, is an actor and acting teacher who has played many roles locally and in Seattle. Eric is walking through the journey of Charlie’s illness as his closest companion and primary caretaker. 

Filmmaker and poet Nic Askew travels the world working with organizations, foundations, and individuals to help them express the depth of their humanity and passion for life. “In my ‘soul biographies’, I have set out to capture the soul of the human race in all of its shades and from all four corners so that we might see ourselves reflected in each other”, says Askew. “My films serve as an opportunity to truly wonder about the experience of our own lives.”  A trailer for the film is at:

Tickets: Free, open seating
Donations will be accepted for the Charlie Murphy Healing Fund
Doors open at 6:30
WICA wine bar reception following the show


Later Event: July 19
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