About the Film

Rolling in the media


ROLLING on Disaboom

Statements about ROLLING

“If we want to create a patient-centered health care system, we need to better understand the perspective of the patient. How do you really understand someone’s viewpoint? One option is to give them a camera.” — Filmmaker, Gretchen Berland

“Something as small as getting back into my chair can be a pretty big victory. I’m not always sure people can see that. That’s why I took the camera.” — Associate Director, Vicki Elman

“Because most people can walk and run and climb, and since I can’t, I’m defined as disabled, not only defined as disabled, I’m expected to act and feel disabled. For many years I did the same, but what they don’t see now is that I’m a survivor.” — Associate Director, Galen Buckwalter

About the Filmmaker

Gretchen Berland is a physician who uses her experience in documentary production and journalism to highlight issues that are critical to understanding and improving health care. She has spent the last 10 years giving video cameras to participants. ROLLING is her third project to use this approach.

Berland received a B.A. (1986) from Pomona College and an M.D. (1996) from Oregon Health and Science University. Prior to attending medical school, Berland worked for the PBS television series NOVA and MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. She completed her internship and residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Barnes Hospital (1996-1999). Berland was a fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (1999-2001). Since 2001, she has been an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine.