PROGRAM 5: FAMILY LIFE

Sunday May 31 – 12:00pm

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Program 5: FAMILY LIFE

Sunday May 31, 12:00PM | 80 min

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LOVE AND INDEPENDENCE IN EAST PROVIDENCE
Documentary
Runtime: 10 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Kassie Bracken & Dan Barry
Country: USA

Lori Sousa knew Peter Maxmean was her soul mate when they first met, and now they are showing how people with intellectual disabilities can live, work and thrive in a community.

TO MY FUTURE CHILD
Documentary
Runtime: 4:30min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Graham Kay
Country: United Kingdom

Rachel writes a letter to her future child describing her experiences of caring for her big brother Matthew, who is on the autism spectrum and has Down syndrome.

GO JACKSON DOLL
Documentary
Runtime: 12 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Ben Severance
Country: USA

Jackson Doll is nine years old and has never had a play date or gone to a birthday party. His family has never seen him play a sport or even make a friend. What would you do if your child couldn’t cope with the world? Would you be able to push them to their potential even if you knew it was causing them distress? Go Jackson Doll is the story of a program that challenges special needs children to realize their potential through an unlikely outlet: ice skating. It’s also the story of one brave family who would do whatever necessary to see their son succeed in a world he has trouble even comprehending.

GET THAT GOLD
Documentary
Runtime: 4:35 min
Year: 2015
Directed by: Bryan Tucker
Country: USA

Kyle is a 29-year-old multi-racial adoptee with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). This documentary follows Kyle as he prepares to compete in the 2014 Washington State Special Olympics.

AUTISM: A SOMALI-AMERICAN STORY
Documentary
Runtime: 11 min
Year: 2013
Directed by: Rachel Antell & Elinor Pierce
Country: USA

There is no word for “autism” in the Somali language; yet, in the Somali refugee population of Minnesota, many American-born children are being diagnosed with severe autism. How will their parents, and the clinical community, respond?

HERE WITH ME
Documentary
Runtime: 4:30 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Donovan Greene
Country: USA

A family with a daughter on the autism spectrum sells everything and goes to live deep in the jungles of Trinidad to make their daughter happy.

THINK NORMAL
Documentary
Runtime: 19 min
Year: 2013
Directed by: Nikki Reed
Country: USA

Jason McElwain’s 20 points in four minutes inspired people around the world and fine-tuned the dialogue on individuals with autism. But it was the dedication of Jason’s mom, Debbie, who coached her son and gave him the strength and confidence to succeed.

TRAPPED
Documentary
Runtime: 5 min
Year: 2013
Directed by: Chelsey Allder
Country: USA

Kevin, 24, lives with his parents. His short term memory, anxiety and anger are a result of diabetes-induced seizures as an infant. He now copes with his set backs by eating foods that do not trigger outbursts.

 
COACHING COLBURN
Documentary
Runtime: 16 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Jeff Bemiss & Trinity College Filmmakers
Country: USA

James Colburn, in many ways, is like any other 26 year old man. He watches movies, works, coaches, and plays baseball. Yet there’s something different about James. He was born with a genetic condition called Fragile X Syndrome, which results in a spectrum of intellectual and physical disabilities. Although this condition means a lifetime of challenges for James, he remains a child at heart who finds joy in the smallest things and uses his gift of comedic timing to inspire those around him. James is living proof there is love and laughter in the face of autism.

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