It Ain’t Television – It’s Brain Surgery

It Ain’t Television – It’s Brain Surgery

Ray Farkas whimsically turns the camera on himself during brain surgery for Parkinson's disease, and narrates his own operation.

Veteran (and legendary) television producer Ray Farkas’ offbeat, self-deprecating humor pushes a potentially grim subject towards comedy, due to his natural playfulness and sense of life’s adventure. Farkas, known for his shoot-from-way-down-the-block video technique, turns the cameras on himself during deep-stimulation brain surgery to gain control over his shaking from Parkinson’s disease.


An Emmy award-winner, Farkas takes viewers through his need for the surgery and then into the operating room, becoming the fully conscious narrator/reporter during his own operation. Multiple cameras capture the action on the operating table as he flirts with nurses, tells bad jokes and breaks into a song. His running commentary and jokes keep things light as the surgery moves him closer to a normal life.

Ray Farkas whimsically turns the camera on himself during brain surgery for Parkinson’s disease, and narrates his own operation.


Length:
20:10

Producer, Director & Subject: Ray Farkas
Cameras: Bob Peterson, Mark & Danny Farkas, Bob Reilly, Darrell Barton, Peter Kulsziski, Scott Rensberger
Sound: Jimmy Peterson
Editors: Bob Kanner, Joe D’Anna

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