A Film by Alessandro Molatore

  • “However ordinary each of us may seem, we are all in some way special, and can do things that are extraordinary, perhaps until then… even thought impossible.”
    Roger Bannister
  • “The ability to participate in miracles — true miracles in your life — happens when you open your mind to your limitless potential.”
    Wayne Dyer
  • “There comes that mysterious meeting in life when someone acknowledges who we are and what we can be, igniting the circuits of our highest potential.”
    Rusty Berkus

About the Film

What happens when a successful young college speaker from St. Louis learns that his Tourette’s Syndrome, a debilitating neurological disorder deemed incurable by the medical community, can be overcome? When Marc Elliot first attended a human potential program in New York City, he had no intention of working on his condition, the effects of which he had lived and dealt with his entire life. And he certainly didn’t expect to experience a decline in his tics, which began to disappear over a series of months before ceasing altogether. Approximately 25 million tics and twenty years after they first appeared, Marc was faced with a profound question: is Tourette’s Syndrome truly an uncontrollable and incurable condition? This documentary explores Marc’s journey, along with four other individuals who followed in his footsteps, aspiring to replicate Marc’s results. What unfolds is an extraordinary tale: from an art school in Buffalo, a small town in Wisconsin, a high school classroom in Arizona to a wildlife center in the Adirondacks — we are invited to witness a profound story of determination, will, and the power of the human mind.

Alessandro Molatore – Director

Born and raised in a small town in the Italian Alps, Alessandro studied at the University of Bologna’s Drama, Art and Music Studies (DAMS) program—the first Italian degree to focus entirely on visual arts and performance.

In Bologna, he directed his first short film Dog from Hell, which was produced by Universal Studios and broadcast nationally. A year later, he attended U.C. Santa Barbara as an exchange student, where he wrote his final thesis on the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

In 2004, he moved to Dublin, Ireland and became a Final Cut Pro certified trainer. There he managed an Apple Training Center, while teaching film editing at other institutions, such as NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also co-founded the production company Cacti Films, serving as creative director. It was during this time that Alessandro developed a relationship with documentary filmmaking as a means of questioning, challenging and bringing awareness to subjects of social relevance.

In 2008, he directed Children of Manila and The Cemetery People, both short documentaries that depict the hardships of life on the streets, and how shelter and education can help. Both films won numerous national and international film festival awards, and were featured at various events around the globe.

Since 2011, he has resided in Mexico City, where he works as a director and editor. He has dedicated the last four years to traveling around the U.S. to film. My Tourette’s, his first feature-length documentary.

Marc Elliot

Throughout his life, entrepreneur, speaker and author Marc Elliot has been beating the odds and redefining what is possible. Since 2009, Marc has travelled throughout the U.S.—to high schools, colleges, companies and special events—as an inspirational speaker, spreading a message of tolerance. Marc lived with Tourette’s syndrome for over twenty years—a neurological disorder most notable for its involuntary physical or vocal outbursts, called “tics.” Sharing his experience of living with Tourette’s, and the lessons he learned about compassion and overcoming adversity, earned him the title of 2011 College Speaker of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine. Following this success, he wrote a book—What Makes You Tic—and to date, his humanitarian message has reached nearly one million people worldwide.

Remarkably, in early 2013, with much dedication and hard work, Marc completely overcame his Tourette’s—an unprecedented feat of mind over body using the tools from the human potential company Executive Success Programs (ESP).

Over the last few years, Marc worked extensively on his own growth to become an executive coach with ESP, and to work with individuals to break through their own limitations. In addition, he’s now sharing his story of overcoming Tourette’s with the hope that leaders and businesses can see what’s possible for individuals, for companies and, ultimately, the world – one belief at a time.

Alex Hall

Since he was about five years old, Alex Hall lived with a condition that doctors deemed untreatable without the use of medication. Doctors, along with everyone else he knew with knowledge of Tourette’s Syndrome, said it was an involuntary neurological disorder. For many years, he also believed this and suffered with severe body movements and vocal tics — which even resulted in painful injuries. He was kicked out of countless restaurants when business owners feared losing business over the disruptive nature of his tics. Alex turned his focus toward work and sports, seeking some semblance of comfort from the feelings that drove his tics. He worked with wildlife and taught people about the importance of wildlife. When people asked about his Tourette’s, he repeated the same narrative he’d been told by doctors: that it was a neurological disorder that was uncontrollable and incurable. He was asked repeatedly to speak at schools about his condition and help kids who faced bullying. He also worked at camps with kids who had varying conditions, from Asperger’s and Tourette’s to Sickle Cell Anemia, helping them cope with their unique challenges and learn ways of managing their emotions and encounters with the public. He currently works with injured animals, rehabilitating them to be released back into the wild and educating people about the importance of their role in the environment. He also helps at risk young adults with emotional and vocational development.

Nick Letter

Hailing from Scottsdale, Arizona, Nick Letter grew up with Tourette’s Syndrome, and the frustration that a lot of things he wanted to do were harder than they should have been because of his tics. He has always loved sports, playing baseball and football in high school, and has been known to engage in healthy competition with his brothers. At school, he also enjoyed working with the drama club on the technical side of things. However, he struggled to keep his grades up and felt his confidence, and even athletic ability, suffered because of the symptoms he experienced from his Tourette’s. Relationships were also difficult, as he witnessed the people he loved most negatively affected by his condition. After experiencing transformative effects from a program he attended in New York, Nick moved to California and got what he felt was a “fresh start.” His Tourette’s was almost completely undetectable. Nobody knew it was something he struggled with unless he chose to tell them. He says he feels his life has flipped 180 degrees; he’s excelling in school, where he’s studying business, he feels more confident, and feels like he’s “on the right track.”

Isabella Constantino

Isabella first experienced symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome when she was six or seven and was officially diagnosed with the condition at age 10. At that point, she started a number of drugs, trying nearly all the treatments Western medicine had to offer. She was on about 40 different medications over the course of 10 years, trying to find something that worked. None did—at least not without troubling side effects. In addition, she tried homeopathy, nutrition, and meditation, with some relief, but found that she was only able to manage the symptoms for short periods of time. Activities such as yoga and art acted as outlets and ways to relax her mind and body, which she would later discover were connected in truly powerful ways. She was in her last year of getting an undergraduate degree in art when she was introduced to ESP and its tools. She took her last semester off and applied herself to overcoming her Tourette’s. When she returned to school six months later, none of her teachers knew she had Tourette’s. She is now pursuing her art and redefining herself and her life without the limitations of Tourette’s.

Carysa Long

Carysa Long was born and raised in Evansville, Wisconsin. She works at an assisted living facility in Evansville where she is a caregiver. She recently gave birth to a daughter, Waverly, and lives with her fiancé Dylan. She and Dylan enjoy spending their free time playing with Waverly and their animals, which include two cats and a dog. They also love the outdoors and take advantage of the beautiful hikes nearby. She continues to spend a lot of time with her parents, who have been incredibly supportive of her efforts to overcome Tourette’s. Carysa says they spend a lot of time “grilling out” together and watching the birds and wildlife.