Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl

Year: 2014
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 83 minutes

Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl
Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl
Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl
Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl

If you think chronic illness is nothing to laugh at, let us introduce you to a young woman named Dana. Diagnosed at age four with Crohn's disease, her 25 years have been a ceaseless round of surgeries, medication, intravenous feeding, and close encounters with death. She tells you this with a grin. Dana is a miraculous example of the power of humor. With her equally remarkable mother, she has forged a life filled with love, courage, and bluntly off-the-wall humor, in spite of her disease. As we travel with Dana and her mother between their Las Vegas home and their “second home” at our own Cleveland Clinic, we share Dana's daily struggles and her innermost thoughts on life and family, told as only Dana can. SEMICOLON; THE ADVENTURES OF OSTOMY GIRL is not a story of disease and decay. This is a story of defiance and determination. Prepare to lose your heart as well as your inhibitions about not laughing at “certain things.” Dana will teach you the meaning of courage, along with the value of a really good poop joke! – C.R.

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Women of the World

Local Heroes Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Robin Greenspun

Robin Greenspun is a mother, writer, producer, and director. She has run her own advertising and P.R. firm, as well as a dance studio. She and her husband Daniel are partners at Stone Village Pictures, a production company specializing in adapting literary works to film.


Robin Greenspun, Cari Marshall, Dana Marshall-Bernstein

Jared Manders

Craig Bergonzoni

Media Partner

Fresh Water Cleveland

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