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SPROUT Film Festival

The Sprout Film Festival is an International touring festival that raises the profile of people with developmental disabilities by showcasing films that feature their work. People can expect an enjoyable and enlightening experience that will entertain.

 

Tickets: General Admission $6 Matinee and $10 Evening show

11:30 Screening:

Project UNIFY Oregon
5 mins. / 2010 / Bend
This video was created by Bend High School Project UNIFY student, Jake Thompson. The video discusses what Project UNIFY is and the different initiatives that are offered in Oregon. It showcases some of the events and activities that our Project UNIFY schools have done in the past few years.

Deedah
25 mins. / Documentary / 2009 / USA
Deedah began as a series of conversations with my daughter, Charlotte, about her brother Jonathan, who has Down syndrome.
Even though she was only seven at the time, I was struck by how maturely she articulated her feelings of love and pride for her younger sibling, as well as her frustration that he was often misjudged and stereotyped because of the way he looks and sounds. It was clear she wanted to do something to educate others about Down syndrome in general, and her brother in particular. She also wanted to discuss themes universal to all children -- bullying, acceptance and standing up for your beliefs."

I Go Down
5 min. / Music Video / 2005 / Finland
Musician, David Andrews has a Masters in Educational Psychology. David agrees that often autistic people need help in daily life... but who doesn't sometimes? This video is about the ability of a human being, not the disability of an autistic man.

Jack Blond
12 mins / narrative / 2008 / UK
Jack Blond is a regular guy with Down syndrome who idolizes James Bond. When a priceless diamond comes to town, he gets the chance to prove he's as good as his hero.

Poetic Shorts
10 mins / poetry videos/ 2010 / US
A series of short videos featuring poetry written by poets with developmental disabilities. Each poem is recited and performed by a young adult with developmental disabilities.

Close My Eyes
3 mins. / Music Video / 2010 / Australia
One of Australia's most celebrated bands, Rudely Interrupted is an independent rock group with five of the six members living with disabilities.


Go For It
2 min / music video / 2009 / USA
Hip Hop Artist LAZ D:
Every night I go to sleep
I see visions in my dream
It could be reality – if I would just go for it

How’s Your News?
27 mins. / Documentary / 2005 / USA
The world famous “How’s Your News?” crew are at it again with their insightful and, often times, hilarious coverage of the 2004 Presidential campaign. A team of six reporters with intellectual and physical disabilities attends both the Democratic and Republican conventions. They conduct refreshingly candid, unscripted, and often funny interviews with attendees such as Hilary Clinton, John McCain, Howard Dean, Ben Affleck, Peter Jennings, Andre 3000 and many more.

7:30 screening:

Project UNIFY Oregon
5 mins. / 2010 / Bend
This video was created by Bend High School Project UNIFY student, Jake Thompson. The video discusses what Project UNIFY is and the different initiatives that are offered in Oregon. It showcases some of the events and activities that our Project UNIFY schools have done in the past few years.

Finding Fred
10 mins. / Documentary / 2010
Finding Fred shows the development of love, admiration and enormous devotion between two brothers once separated by the Willowbrook State School, an institution for “children with mental retardation.”

Poetic Shorts
6 mins / poetry videos/ 2010 / US
A series of short videos featuring poetry written by poets with developmental disabilities. Each poem is recited and performed by a young adult with developmental disabilities.


Beautiful Son
63 mins. / Documentary / 2007
Beautiful Son is the story of an illness reaching epidemic proportion, now affecting one in 150 children. And, it's the story of a grass roots movement of parents and doctors who believe that vaccines, mercury and other toxins may be triggering some forms of autism and demanding research be done to help their children.

People with developmental disabilities, remain marginalized in film and television. The Sprout Film Festival is an International touring festival that raises their profile by showcasing films that feature their work. By presenting thought provoking films, the festival reinforces accurate portrayals of people with developmental disabilities, and exposes the audience to important issues. People can expect an enjoyable and enlightening experience that will entertain, and break down stereotypes promoting a greater acceptance of differences and awareness of similarities. www.gosprout.org.


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