passion project




Parkinson is an empowering portrait of my uncle Jan, made as a gesture to the 10 million people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. It’s a personal film of deep humility, attempting to encompass the struggle of my uncle as well as everyone else suffering from PD.

Instead of creating a tear-jerker about a horribel condition, it’s been my ambition to show my uncle as a fighter who doesn’t want neither pity nor sentiment. A year ago he explained to me, that his life is like a walk towards the bottom of a canyon. There’s no chance of turning around, but while walking he might as well enjoy the view. This is exactly what inspired the film. Because the true challenge, I believe, is to have the courage to find beauty in the mess.

I hope the film can help expose the fight of the 10 million people. There still isn’t a cure in sight. To change that, research and donations are required.

Starring: Jan Pedersen

Director: Bjarke Underbjerg

Producer: Sara Samsøe

DoP: Marcel Zyskind

Junior Producer: Lasse Bugge Schmidt

Junior Producer: Naghmeh Pour

Editing: Cabin Edit

Editor: Isaac Chen

Production: New Land

Executive Producer: Sara Samsøe & Thor Brammer Jacobsen

1st AC: Asger Ryøe Borberg

Steadicam Operator: Anders Holck Petersen

Gaffer: Oscar Wad

1st AD: Casper Holm

Grade: Bacon X

Post coordinator / Grade: Camilla Strandskov

Conform: Søren Gorm Knudsen & Phil Galas

Colorist: Hannibal Lang

Sound facility: Ballad

Sound Designer: Adrian Aurelius & Oscar Metcalf-Rinaldo

Post Producer / Sound: Gregers Mærsk Møller

Composer: Jonas Larsen

Casting By: Art Cast & Romina Pakdehi

Cast: Thomas Diepeveen, Birgit Lyngholm, Majbritt Pedersen, Alexander Tallbacka, Ane Folkmann, Jonas Nielsen, Indra Kaesemann, Jamila Kawala

Production Designer: Line Søndergaard Poulsen

Production Assistant: Romina Pakdehi

Runner: Dag Pepeonik

V.O. Recording Studio: Salting & Dyrby

VFX: Hitch

Post Producer / VFX: Emma Engberg

Compositing: Ian Bach

Compositing: Bjørn Munch

3d: Simon Duncan

DIT + Log & Loader: Adam Benjamin Mikkelsen

Stock Footage: Pond5, Filmsupply, Shuttertock

Special Thanks To: Jan Pedersen & His Family Parkinsonforeningen Thomas Diepeveen Victor Monchamp Cabin Edit Bacon X Cameo & Hitch VFX Ballad Art Cast Michael Tøt Lau Underbjerg NOCCO Denmark Massagekompagniet / Jaleel Hamid Wonderland / Mads Jørgensen & Morten Skovsang Ole Mølgaard Adam Benjamin Mikkelsen