Coleman Watson never thought he would be a filmmaker or artist; sometimes life calls you on a bigger mission, though. Before film, he was an intellectual property attorney who litigated more than 200 patent, trademark, and copyright cases over 12 years in the U.S, including a petition for a writ of certiorari in the Supreme Court. Coleman is an engineer by training, and after receiving his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech, he attended New York Law School. Prior to launching his own law firm, Coleman worked for a major U.S. national law firm ranked on the Am 100. He was on track, eventually, to be a federal judge.
In spite of this, at 41, he had a sudden stroke with no warning signs. He was then diagnosed with aphasia and apraxia, two speech disorders. He literally went from arguing high-stake cases in federal court one day, to being unable to understand speech, reading, and writing the next day. Following his diagnosis, he started project-based speech therapy that culminated in his own self-made documentary, păh, on speechism and the disability experience. Coleman aims to make more films on the underrepresented that capture the unwavering human spirit.