“The CPIRF Board of Directors is comprised of some of the most fascinating, caring and accomplished individuals who happen to either have cerebral palsy (CP), have a family member with CP or have learned about our organization from someone in the former or latter categories,” said CPIRF CEO and President Glenn R. Tringali.
One such board member is Michael Hausman who had a brother with CP, had parents who were the founders of our Foundation, and who has made a career of film production for nearly four decades. Hausman’s acclaimed film credits include Brokeback Mountain, Gangs of New York, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Silkwood, Amadeus and The Heartbreak Kid. In this capacity, Hausman has worked with such renowned directors as Milos Forman, David Mamet, Mike Nichols, Martin Scorsese, and Ang Lee.
Recently, Hausman received an Emmy award for HBO’s Recount and also produced the Phil Spector Biopic on HBO with Al Pacino. Hausman has been First Assistant Director and Production Manager on many films, including several which he produced. In an article about him on the Director’s Guild of America website, Hausman was described as someone who “has straddled the front and back office worlds of films as few others have.”
Michael Hausman’s connection to CP is his brother Peter, who passed away in 1991 and was the inspiration for parents Jack and Ethel to join forces in 1948 (when Peter was a teenager) with Leonard and Isabelle Weinstein Goldenson to found the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation (UCPA) because there was inadequate health care available to the thousands of babies and children with birth defects. Later in 1955, the same founding families of UCP created the UCP Research and Educational Foundation, now known as Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF).
In honor of the founders, the Ethel & Jack Hausman Clinical Research Scholars Award was subsequently created to assist U.S. institutions to foster promising clinician-investigators early in their careers and to help in their establishment as independent researchers in areas of direct relevance to cerebral palsy.
“We are delighted that Michael Hausman is carrying on his family’s legacy with our organization,” said Tringali. “Having grown up with a sibling with CP puts Michael in the position of understanding the needs of families and individuals with CP first-hand. His storied career makes him a fascinating person to speak with and demonstrates that CP touches the lives of everyone.”
Hausman splits time between his New York City home and business Filmhaus and Cinehaus Inc., and his buffalo ranch in Montana. Prior to his film career Hausman was a Merrill Lynch stockbroker. He has taught graduate film students at Columbia University for 30 years and graduated with a B.A. from Cornell in 1957.