2015 SPROUT FILM FESTIVAL

SATURDAY MAY 30 – SUNDAY MAY 31

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The Sprout Film Festival’s mission is to inspire audiences, promote inclusion and support transformative filmmaking as an integral part of social change. This unique event, which focuses exclusively on films that celebrate the diverse lives and creativity of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), strives to challenge assumptions and breakdown stereotypes. By introducing powerful, thought-provoking films from around the world to new and ever-more inclusive audiences, we hope to promote greater acceptance, celebrate difference and light the spark to help make the invisible, visible.

The Sprout Film Festival was founded in 2003 and is programmed and supported by Sprout, a New York City based non-profit organization dedicated to bringing innovative programming to individuals with I/DD.

Saturday: May 30, 2015

Program 1: Kelly's Hollywood - 12:00pm
Kelly’s Hollywood
12:00PM | 82 min + Q&A

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KellyKELLY’S HOLLYWOOD
Documentary
Runtime: 82 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Brian Donovan
Country: USA

Using a video camera and home movie footage, a brother shows the remarkably deep bond he shares with his sister, who has Down syndrome, as he strives to fulfill her dream of becoming a Hollywood diva.

Program 2: Showdowns - 2:30pm
Program 2: SHOWDOWNS
2:30PM | 80 min

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NIGHTMARE TURNED BEAUTIFUL
Documentary
Runtime: 9 min
Year: 2015
Directed by: Ted White
Country: USA

Nightmare Turned Beautiful is a documentary short that explores, with striking honesty, how the birth of a daughter with Down Syndrome transforms a father and his family’s life.

LONELY ROAD
Music Video
Runtime: 2:30 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Cam Lasley
Country: USA

The newest single by aspiring hip hop artist Cam Lasley (aka Laz D).

A CRACK IN EVERYTHING
Narrative
Runtime: 22 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Martin O’Donoghue
Country: Ireland

Maeve and Billy are separated by the Belfast peace lines. The spark of love has been ignited. But the physical barriers, and a reluctance to allow the relationship blossom keep them in their own communities.

FREEFALL
Documentary
Runtime: 5 min
Year: 2012
Directed by: Sima Gonsai & Babis Alexidis
Country: United Kingdom

A dance film that follows the journey of an everyday dance rehearsal. Leading to a dramatic stage performance, the film showcases the talents of ballet dancers with learning disabilities.

THE PARK BENCH
Narrative
Runtime: 11 min
Year: 2013
Directed by: Daniele Niola
Country: Italy

A man decides to go to the park to relax. There he finds himself in an unusual circumstance.

MY LIFE: BREAKING FREE
Documentary
Runtime: 28 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Kate Monaghan
Country: United Kingdom

Glimpse into the lives of three incredible children as they prove they can do anything anyone else can do and better. They push themselves to break free from they protective bubbles of their families.

Program 3: On The Spectrum- An Autism Sensory Friendly Screening - 4:30pm
Program 3: ON THE SPECTRUM: AN AUTISM SENSORY FRIENDLY SCREENING
 4:30PM | 75 min + Q&A

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SUPER
Narrative
Runtime: 6 min
Year: 2013
Directed by: Samara Hersch
Country: Australia

Follow a team of superheroes as they bring new life into a supermarket on the verge of going out of business.

A LIFE WITH ASPERGER’S
Animation
Runtime: 4 min
Year: 2013
Directed by: Jaime Ekkens
Country: USA

This film explores the challenges of growing up and living with Asperger’s Syndrome. It’s a voice over narrative that demonstrated that Asperger’s is not simply “being a little awkward,” rather it is about adapting to one’s limitations in the face of anxiety and isolation. The technique is a collage of photography, rotoscope, animated characters and live action footage.

MR. TWISTER
Documentary
Runtime: 5 min
Year: 2013
Directed by: Clay Westervelt
Country: USA

Brian Tolley is a teenager on the autism spectrum who used to by withdrawn and nearly nonverbal. All that changed when he took up twist-tie art and found a way to express his inner artist.

ZACH AND CLYDE
Documentary
Runtime: 7 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Lindsay Pierce
Country: USA

A Colorado family with a child on the autism spectrum searches to find anything that might help their son cope with anxiety. They end up finding help in an unlikely place- The Colorado Correctional Industries, Prison Trained Service Dog Companion Program.

CAN I CALL YOU?
Documentary
Runtime: 3 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Benjamin Rosloff
Country: USA

Ben is a young man looking for the perfect relationship but wonders if the fact that his has autism changes the way the girls he knows relate to him.

CHIMES FOR TYLER
Documentary
Runtime: 8 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Stephen Panaggio
Country: USA

A look into the life of an eight year old boy with autism, specifically his interest in wind chimes, and explores the challenges and particularities of life with autism.

ADAM
Documentary
Runtime: 6 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Edward Reynoso
Country: USA

Filmmaker, Edward Reynoso and Adam Carter met after signing up for peer tutoring at their high school. In Edward’s opinion, Adam is one of the most interesting kids he’s met. And so this film was made for him.

SPIN
Documentary
Runtime: 3 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Jon Kent
Country: USA

In this experimental short, take a ride through the eyes of a boy with autism who makes everything in his world dance.

RYAN MATTHEWS: BASICALLY ME
Documentary
Runtime: 9:30 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Leonard Kamerling
Country: USA

Ryan Matthews is an accomplished artist with Asperger’s Syndrome. Since childhood he has been perfecting the expression of his singular subject: TRAINS. Ryan talks about the evolution of his work and his journey from isolation to seeing a bright future expanding before him.

I AM ALIVE
Music Video
Runtime: 2:30 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Mirranda Burton
Country: Australia

“I Am Alive” is the newest music video from the Australian band, Rudely Interrupted. The band consists of six members, five of whom have intellectual disabilities.

THE GLOBE COLLECTOR
Documentary
Runtime: 7 min
Year: 2012
Directed by: Summer DeRoche
Country: Australia

This short documentary takes us into the incredible world of a light globe collector, where a passion for electronics is all-consuming and a diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome is nothing more than a label.

DISCOVERING THE TRUTH WITH TANNER DEMITA
Documentary
Runtime: 9 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Matthew J. Grcic
Country: USA

Tanner DeMita is an 18 year old senior at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. He discusses the time when he learned about his diagnosis of being autistic, and how it has actually helped him understand why he is the way he is. We learn of some of the struggles he faces in life, and some of his incredible successes. His twin sister offers her input into his life, and some of her experiences.

Program 4: Autism In Love - 7:00pm
Program 4: AUTISM IN LOVE
7:00PM | 75 min

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AUTISM IN LOVE
Narrative
Runtime: 75 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Matt Fuller
Country: United States

Autism in Love follows four adults with an autism spectrum disorder as they pursue and navigate through romantic relationships.

(*Adult Content)

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Sunday: May 31, 2015

Program 5: Family Life - 12:00pm
Program 5: FAMILY LIFE
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.

Program 6: Artistic Gaze - 2:30pm
Program 6: ARTISTIC GAZE
2:30PM | 82 min

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SOLDIERING ON
Music Video
Runtime: 3 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Tim Wheeler
Country: United Kingdom

Jez Colborne’s song explores his fascination with the pomp and ceremony of war, an experience he’s locked out of because of his learning-disability.

MARINA’S OCEAN
Narrative
Runtime: 17 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Cássio Pereira dos Santos
Country: Brazil

A group of countryside students are preparing a special trip to the beach. Marina, a 15-year-old girl with Down Syndrome has a strong wish to visit the sea for the first time. Forbidden to travel with the other kids, Marina starts her own journey towards the Atlantic Ocean.

WAYNE
Documentary
Runtime: 3:30 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Kirsty Griffin &Viv Kernic
Country: New Zealand

A tale of love and ingenuity.

Wayne, a man with limited communication skills learns the harsh reality of love and romance. Nigel, his support worker and friend guides him through this puzzling human condition, but Wayne has ideas of his own.

THE MISUNDERSTOOD LOVE
Narrative
Runtime: 7 min
Year: 2012
Directed by: Riccardo Di Gerlando
Country: Italy

A man witnesses the physical mutation of a young woman with Down Syndrome.

I ALWAYS HAVE TO
Music Video
Runtime: 7 min
Year: 2014
Directed by:
Country: Finland

“I Always Have To” is the newest music video for Finnish punk rock band, PerttiKurikka’s Name Day (PKN.) The band consists of four members who each have learning disabilities, including autism and Down syndrome.

SWEETHEART
Narrative
Runtime: 15 min
Year: 2012
Directed by: Eva Riley
Country: United Kingdom

Lou may have Down syndrome but she is more than capable of looking after herself. She lives with her controlling sister Ashley, who always gets what she wants. When a new man comes into their lives, the sisters become love rivals, bringing their relationship to a head. (*mature content)

BETRAYAL- POETIC SHORT
Narrative
Runtime: 2 min
Year: 2011
Directed by: Anthony Di Salvo
Country: USA

A poem written by Anonymous and recite/ performed by Nadirah McFadden. (*mature content)

33 GIRI
Narrative
Runtime: 13 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Joshua Tate
Country: ITALY

A man with Down syndrome dreams of reviving his mother.

GUEST ROOM
Narrative
Runtime: 13 min
Year: 2015
Directed by: Joshua Tate
Country: USA

A young woman with Down Syndrome (GLEE’s Lauren Potter) grapples with intimacy, identity, and adulthood after an unplanned pregnancy with her boyfriend. (*mature content)

Program 7: Love Land - 4:45pm
Program 7: LOVE LAND
4:45PM | 101 MIN

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LOVE LAND
Narrative
Runtime: 101 min
Year: 2014
Directed by: Joshua Tate
Country: USA

When a young woman with an intellectual disability is place in an institution, she will stop at nothing to return to the man of her dreams. Featuring a breakthrough cast with intellectual and developmental disabilities, LOVE LAND challenges stereotypes in a story of labels, love, and liberty. (*mature content)

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