TONGUE DRIVE is a Semifinalist in the $200,000 GE FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition. View more Semifinalist films at

The tongue... the most versatile muscle in your body. It never tires, it's always moving, and it works whether you're awake, asleep... or even paralyzed. Introducing the Tongue Drive System - a way for tetraplegics to live their lives without 24-hour assistance. They can operate their wheelchair, computers, phones, lights, television. They will soon be able to operate a car. All through the use of their tongue... and one strategically placed tongue piercing.

Written, Directed and Produced by
Patty West and Chris Schwartz

Executive Producers
Dr. Dennis West and Lee West

Music by
Russ Howard III

Special Thanks
Dr. Maysam Ghovanloo
Dr. Beatrice Nardone
Dr. Anne Laumann
Dr. Elliot Roth
Martin Mireles
Eric Mireles
Jeonghee Kim
Jeong Hae Bae
James Wisniewski
Body Electric Tattoo
Northwestern University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Lang Maddox
Lindsey Arnold
Whitney Kirk
Amanda Filla
Debbie Filla
James West

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