Finding Our Voice

Finding Our Voice is a documentary chronicling Director Evan Gardner’s journey to better understand the condition he was diagnosed with as a child – Apraxia. Through his eyes, we follow Gardner as he searches for answers and information regarding what makes Apraxia so difficult to diagnosis, how it impacts more than just those afflicted by it, and how families can help loved ones with Apraxia. A passion project for Gardner, this film is a deeply personal journey through not only his struggles during his youth but the struggles of others like him.

  • Evan Gardner
  • Kyle Kaine
  • Evan Gardner
  • Evan Gardner
  • Austin Wideman
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Student
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Yo-Fi Film Festival
    Yonkers, NY
    United States
    November 6, 2019
  • Queens City Cinephiles Independent Film Screening
    Charlotte, North Carolina
    December 6, 2019
  • Oneota Film Festival
    Decorah, Iowa
    United States
    February 15, 2020
  • LIIFE- Long Island International Film Expo

    October 7, 2020
    Nominee- Best Short Documentary
  • Awareness Festival
    Los Angeles
    October 1, 2020
    Special Jury Prize- Short Film
Director Biography - Evan Gardner

Evan Gardner is a Creative Director, Producer, Shooter and Editor based in New York. Evan has filmed live events such as interviews with national politicians during the 2012 second Presidential Debate, and live concerts with artists such as Snoop Dog, Cobra Starship, and Big Sean. His work focuses on telling the true stories of people through video and photography. He loves collaboration with likeminded artists and organizations.

Growing up as a child, he was diagnosed with Apraxia at age 3 and did not say his first word until he was 5 years old. He had very intensive interventions including a special preschool placement, speech services 6 times weekly for many years, and special education services throughout his school career k-12.

This project is very meaningful to Evan and is part of his Graduate Thesis for his Masters degree at St. John's University, where he is obtaining a Masters of Science in International Communications.

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