2013 Film Festival

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2013 Sprout Film Festival

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THE EVENT

Complimentary coffee and desserts will be available to all festival attendees throughout the weekend.

Adjacent to the two screening rooms we will have an exhibit of photographs by Carolyn Van Houten from her collection, The House Autism Built.

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And an art exhibit by Kendall Collins, subject in the film Track By Track.

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We are thrilled to offer a number of free museum events that will be presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. These will include guided museum tours and art-making activities. These activities are open to all festival attendees, including adults and children, and are particularly tailored to the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The museum activities will take place at the following times:

Saturday June 1st 11:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday June 2nd 11:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday June 2nd 2:30pm – 3:30pm

No bookings are required – simply meet at the Carroll Classroom in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education 10 minutes prior to the start times listed. For groups larger than 10 people, please contact our office.

Schedule: Friday May 31

Program 1: Past Highlights | 4:30PM
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COCKTAILS WITH BEN
11 min./documentary/2009/USA

Despite severe medical hardships, learning disabilities, and challenges “fitting in” with peers, Ben’s love for life, and for music, shines through.


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Q&A
4 min./animation/2010/USA

Joshua, who has Asperger’s syndrome, interviewed his mother, Sarah, at StoryCorps. Their conversation covered everything from cockroaches to Sarah’s feelings about Joshua as a son.


Be My Brother2
BE MY BROTHER
9 min./narrative/2009/Australia

A young man’s charm and charisma challenges the prejudices of a stranger at a bus stop.


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DISTINCTIVELY
4 min./documentary/2010/USA

Ella and Eavan, both age 6, are identical twins, yet are separated by a large distinction. Ella has Down syndrome while Eavan does not.


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BYE
10 min./documentary/2010/USA

Follow Jayden, a two and half year old diagnosed with autism, through his first months of school in the Bronx.


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THE OTHER CHILD
13 min./documentary/2009/USA

The Other Child provides a moving portrait about how growing up with a brother or sister with autism can shape a person–and a family.


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MY LITTLE BROTHER FROM THE MOON
6 min./animation/2008/France

A young girl tries to understand why her little brother, who has autism, is not like the other children and gives her version of the facts. (in French with English subtitles)


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MY LITTLE BROTHER FROM THE MOON
14 min./documentary/2004/USA

Fathers’ Voices focuses on four men raising children with disabilities. In a close up, honest and powerful manner, they share their hopes, dreams, joys and challenges.


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THE THIRD PARENT
6 min./documentary/2006/USA

A documentary exploring the relationship between Ariana, an 11-year-old girl, and Marcello, her 5-year-old non-verbal, autistic brother.


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SHERI AND PAUL
11 min./documentary/2004/USA

Sheri and Paul sit in front of the camera and speak candidly about their relationship and feelings int he lead-up to their wedding.

Program 2: How's Your News? | 7:00PM
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OHIO & FLORIDA 2004
30 min./documentary/2004/USA

The “How’s Your News?” crew spends time in Ohio, then travels to Florida for Election Day 2004 – snagging interviews with high-profile politicians and celebrities.


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ELECTION 2012
60 min./documentary/2012/USA

The “How’s Your News?” team reassembled to cover the 2012 presidential elections! The reporters with various disabilities roam the halls at the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

Program 2: Foreign Gems | 7:00PM
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OCEAN OF OPPORTUNITIES
10 min./narrative/2010/Norway

On a day like any other, a young girl escapes her dull life and embarks on a new adventure.


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RECYCLING OF SOULS
5 min./documentary/2011/Poland

A personal view of the people with learning difficulties working at a recoiling plant in Warsaw; who would otherwise find it difficult to get work.


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BREAKING THE CAGE
12 min./documentary/2012/The Netherlands

Each day, young Savary is locked up in a cage by her parents in a  small village in Cambodia, where many believe Down’s syndrome to be a contagious disease.


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RUGGERO
14 min./narrative/2012/Italy

Ruggero is a story about how we react when something important has been stolen from us.


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FLYING ANNE
21 min./documentary/2010/The Netherlands

Eleven-year-old Anne is a beautiful girl. The longer you look, the more you see her ‘tics’. She tries to keep her tics in check, but prefers ‘flying’ through life, so you won’t notice anything.


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YONG
11 min./documentary/2011/Taiwan

The story of Yong Lee, a 7-year-old boy with Asperger Syndrome, who collects recyclables to help support himself and his blind mother.


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THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE IN RUSSIA
11 min./documentary/2012/The Netherlands

85 percent of Russian children with Down syndrome are handed over to the state by their parents. Lena decided to raise her daughter, Masja, herself.


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VERONIKA
7 min./documentary/2011/Germany

As a child, Veronica was mistaken certified with an IQ of zero. Illustrated by marvelous sand art, this film explores Veronica’s vibrant imagination and meditations on life.

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Schedule: Saturday June 1

Program 4: Performing Arts | 12:00PM
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DOWN TO BE UP
7 min./documentary/2012/Spain

An uplifting and courageous glimpse into the life of Maria, as she takes us into the deep recesses of her heart, finding meaning in what most of us take for granted.


About Brothers2
ABOUT BROTHERS
4 min./music video/2011/Finland

A boy creates a world with his drawings, befriends some bad-guys, and gets the girl in the end.


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LOVE AND KISSES
11 min./narrative/2007/UK

Love and Kisses is a tale of young lovers overcoming all the odds set against them. Danny is a charming, fun-loving young man who meets and falls in love with Kathy, a quiet shrinking violet.


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PETRA’S POEM
4 min./documentary/2012/Canada

Petra performs a soliloquy that encapsulates her distinctive take on the social self. Drawing from her emotional experiences, she illustrates what it feels like to be “in the middle”.


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3:15 TO BRUNSWICK
3 min./dance/2012/Australia

The whimsical short film captures a romantic moment of connection between two people.


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CHECK OUT
10 min./narrative/2013/USA

Kelly and Allison are two twenty something grocery store employees who find out that the best friendships blossom when they are most needed.


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NO GOODBYES
3 min./music video/2013/Australia

The latest music video by Rudely Interrupted, one of Australia’s truly unique indie rock acts.


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MOTHS
7 min./dance/2009/Australia

On a rainy night a man invades a dark space. There is another already there. Together, they circle and collide, thrown into other worlds full of rough sensation, remembering and recollecting.


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BULLETPROOF
35 min./narrative/2013/USA

Facing losing his family business to a developer, Benny jackson stumbles across the journal of the famous gunslinger, Bulletproof Jackson, and travels back to the while west to save the day.

Program 5: Brain Injury | 2:30PM
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WIPE OUT
50 min./documentary/2008/Canada

Wipe Out tells the story of three young men living with permanent brain damage as the result of head injuries they suffered pursuing extreme sports.


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BREAKAWAY
45 min./documentary/2000/Canada

The documentary explores the frustrations, extreme will and triumphs of two men living in the aftermath of brain injury.

Program 6: Short Docs | 2:30 PM
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TRACK BY TRACK
15 min./documentary/2012/USA

A young sketch artist with autism journeys from the world of his imagination into adulthood.


Bagpipes and Bullies2
BAGPIPES AND BULLIES
4 min./documentary/2011/USA

A short about a young boy with Asperger’s whose family makes a conscious decision not to fit in.


World Within Our Own2
WORLD WITHIN OUR OWN
3 min./documentary/2012/USA

Marcus, who was diagnosed with autism at age three, often retreats into his own world when he becomes over-stimulated. This story is the exploration of that world and the challenges that he and his family face.


Heart Over Body2
HEART OVER BODY
10 min./documentary/2013/USA

Zack was told at a young age that he would never walk without a walker. Since then, this determination to prove people wrong has formed the person and athlete that he is today.


Watching Over2
WATCHING OVER
3 min./documentary/2012/USA

78-year-old Del Rae attends church, volunteers and participates in water aerobics. She also maintains the health of two 52-year-old women with Down syndrome. Together they support each other.


Garretts Fight2
GARRETT’S FIGHT
14 min./documentary/2013/USA

An ESPN documentary about Garrett, a 23-year-old born with Down syndrome, who has spent the last three years training his body and mind for the rigors of MMA fighting.


Cam Lasley Doc2
CAM LASLEY DOC
5 min./documentary/2012/USA

Cam Lasley is an aspiring hip hop artist from Portland, OR. This video showcases his journey…so far.


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MY BROTHER VINNIE
26 min./documentary/2006/Australia

An intimate and uplifting portrait of the relationship between Aaron Pedersen, a successful actor, and his charming brother, Vinnie, for whom he has duty of care.

Program 7: Past Highlights | 4:45PM
cocktails with ben2
COCKTAILS WITH BEN
11 min./documentary/2009/USA

Despite severe medical hardships, learning disabilities, and challenges “fitting in” with peers, Ben’s love for life, and for music, shines through.


Q & A2
Q&A
4 min./animation/2010/USA

Joshua, who has Asperger’s syndrome, interviewed his mother, Sarah, at StoryCorps. Their conversation covered everything from cockroaches to Sarah’s feelings about Joshua as a son.


Be My Brother2
BE MY BROTHER
9 min./narrative/2009/Australia

A young man’s charm and charisma challenges the prejudices of a stranger at a bus stop.


distinctively2
DISTINCTIVELY
4 min./documentary/2010/USA

Ella and Eavan, both age 6, are identical twins, yet are separated by a large distinction. Ella has Down syndrome while Eavan does not.


Bye2Play copy
BYE
10 min./documentary/2010/USA

Follow Jayden, a two and half year old diagnosed with autism, through his first months of school in the Bronx.


the other child2Play copy
THE OTHER CHILD
13 min./documentary/2009/USA

The Other Child provides a moving portrait about how growing up with a brother or sister with autism can shape a person–and a family.


My Little Brother2
MY LITTLE BROTHER FROM THE MOON
6 min./animation/2008/France

A young girl tries to understand why her little brother, who has autism, is not like the other children and gives her version of the facts. (in French with English subtitles)


Fathers Voices2Play copy
MY LITTLE BROTHER FROM THE MOON
14 min./documentary/2004/USA

Fathers’ Voices focuses on four men raising children with disabilities. In a close up, honest and powerful manner, they share their hopes, dreams, joys and challenges.


the third parent2

THE THIRD PARENT
6 min./documentary/2006/USA

A documentary exploring the relationship between Ariana, an 11-year-old girl, and Marcello, her 5-year-old non-verbal, autistic brother.


sheri and paul2
SHERI AND PAUL
11 min./documentary/2004/USA

Sheri and Paul sit in front of the camera and speak candidly about their relationship and feelings int he lead-up to their wedding.

Program 8: The Creative Side | 4:45 PM
My American Dream2
MY AMERICAN DREAM
3 min./documentary/2010/USA

The charming documentary follows filmmaker, Steven Morales Jr, as he explores his love for the art of filmmaking.


Superman Vampire Hunter2
SUPERMAN VAMPIRE HUNTER
5 min./narrative/2012/USA

Clark is working on a newspaper article when he gets a call from his aunt about strange happenings at The Lake of the Woods.


Lou je mappelle Lou2
LOU JE M’APPELLE LOU
5 min./music video/2012/Belgium

Lou, a young boy with developmental disabilities and blindness, tells us his story, his enjoyments and his difficulties.


Time For a Change2
TIME FOR A CHANGE
5 min./documentary/2012/UK

This auto-biographical documentary follows a filmmaker as he bids farewell to the South London housing cooperative that he has lived in for eight years and returns to his native Oxford.


The Rocket Family2
THE ROCKET FAMILY CHRONICLES
14 min./narrative/2013/USA

Rocket, a teen with autism, upends the idea of normal when he films his family.


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AUTISM REALITY
11 min./documentary/2009/USA

A moving interview-based piece, made by self-advocate Alex Plank, that shows a new and refreshing side of the Autism issue.


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THE INTERVIEWER
13 min./narrative/2012/Australia

Special Screening. Thomas gets more than he’s bargained for in an interview at a prestigious law firm.


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LIPSTICK
3 min./narrative/2008/USA

An angsty teen. An overbearing mother. A locked door…and lipstick.


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BULLETPROOF
35 min./narrative/2013/USA

Facing losing his family business to a developer, Benny Jackson stumbles across the journal of the famous gunslinger, Bulletproof Jackson, and travels back to the wild west to save the day.

Program 9: The Punk Syndrome | 7:00PM
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The Punk Syndrome
85 min./documentary/2012/Finland

A film about the essence of punk. A story of people with disabilities rebelling against the mainstream. And like the band’s song, this film is challenging and breathtaking in its directness.

From May 9 – June 14, the Met’s spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, examined punk’s impact on high fashion. Featuring approximately one hundred designs for men and women, the exhibition is an immersive multimedia, multi sensory experience. The clothes were animated with period music videos and soundscaping audio techniques.

Program 10: Growing Pains | 7:00PM
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RAINBOW CONNECTION
19 min./narrative/2012/USA

Eugene spends hours drawing his favorite thing, rainbows. But behind his seemingly colorful world is a reality he can’t escape.


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LIPSTICK
3 min./narrative/2008/USA

An angst teen. An overbearing mother. A locked door…and lipstick.


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FOR DORIAN
16 min./narrative/2012/Canada

A father fears the sexual awakening of his teenage son with Down syndrome, and struggles with the notion of letting him grow up.


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PLAY. STOP. REWIND.
16 min./narrative/2011/Canada

On the day of their mother’s funeral, Joe’s older brother finds him hiding under the bed. Together they attempt to come to terms with her absence.


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SIXTEEN
7 min./dance/2009/Australia

A coming of age game about the joy, nervousness, desire and intimacy of the difference kinds of connections a young woman will, did or might have in her life.


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46/47
8 min./narrative/2011/Germany

Daniel is different. He only has 46 chromosomes where 47 should be. In reality everyone has 47, and this who don’t are considered handicapped.


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BRO
18 min./narrative/2013/UK

Simon’s brother Mark has Fragile X Syndrome. Simon believes his failure to lead a normal adolescent life is solely due to his brother’s disability.

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Schedule: Sunday June 2

Program 11: Short Docs
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TRACK BY TRACK
15 min./documentary/2012/USA

A young sketch artist with autism journeys from the world of his imagination into adulthood.


Bagpipes and Bullies2
BAGPIPES AND BULLIES
4 min./documentary/2011/USA

A short about a young boy with Asperger’s whose family makes a conscious decision not to fit in.


World Within Our Own2
WORLD WITHIN OUR OWN
3 min./documentary/2012/USA

Marcus, who was diagnosed with autism at age three, often retreats into his own world when he becomes over-stimulated. This story is the exploration of that world and the challenges that he and his family face.


Heart Over Body2
HEART OVER BODY
10 min./documentary/2013/USA

Zack was told at a young age that he would never walk without a walker. Since then, this determination to prove people wrong has formed the person and athlete that he is today.


Watching Over2
WATCHING OVER
3 min./documentary/2012/USA

78-year-old Del Rae attends church, volunteers and participates in water aerobics. She also maintains the health of two 52-year-old women with Down syndrome. Together they support each other.


Garretts Fight2
GARRETT’S FIGHT
14 min./documentary/2013/USA

An ESPN documentary about Garrett, a 23-year-old born with Down syndrome, who has spent the last three years training his body and mind for the rigors of MMA fighting.


Cam Lasley Doc2
CAM LASLEY DOC
5 min./documentary/2012/USA

Cam Lasley is an aspiring hip hop artist from Portland, OR. This video showcases his journey…so far.


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MY BROTHER VINNIE
26 min./documentary/2006/Australia

An intimate and uplifting portrait of the relationship between Aaron Pedersen, a successful actor, and his charming brother, Vinnie, for whom he has duty of care.

Program 12: The Creative Side | 12:00 PM
My American Dream2
MY AMERICAN DREAM
3 min./documentary/2010/USA

The charming documentary follows filmmaker, Steven Morales Jr, as he explores his love for the art of filmmaking.


Superman Vampire Hunter2
SUPERMAN VAMPIRE HUNTER
5 min./narrative/2012/USA

Clark is working on a newspaper article when he gets a call from his aunt about strange happenings at The Lake of the Woods.


Lou je mappelle Lou2
LOU JE M’APPELLE LOU
5 min./music video/2012/Belgium

Lou, a young boy with developmental disabilities and blindness, tells us his story, his enjoyments and his difficulties.


Time For a Change2
TIME FOR A CHANGE
5 min./documentary/2012/UK

This auto-biographical documentary follows a filmmaker as he bids farewell to the South London housing cooperative that he has lived in for eight years and returns to his native Oxford.


The Rocket Family2
THE ROCKET FAMILY CHRONICLES
14 min./narrative/2013/USA

Rocket, a teen with autism, upends the idea of normal when he films his family.


autism reality2
AUTISM REALITY
11 min./documentary/2009/USA

A moving interview-based piece, made by self-advocate Alex Plank, that shows a new and refreshing side of the Autism issue.


the Interviewer2
THE INTERVIEWER
13 min./narrative/2012/Australia

Special Screening. Thomas gets more than he’s bargained for in an interview at a prestigious law firm.


lipstick2
LIPSTICK
3 min./narrative/2008/USA

An angsty teen. An overbearing mother. A locked door…and lipstick.


bulletproof 2play

BULLETPROOF
35 min./narrative/2013/USA

Facing losing his family business to a developer, Benny Jackson stumbles across the journal of the famous gunslinger, Bulletproof Jackson, and travels back to the wild west to save the day.

Program 13: Head Games | 2:30PM
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HEAD GAMES
96 min./documentary/2012/USA

A revealing documentary about the silent concussion crisis in sports. Head Games raises the important question: “How much of you are you willing to lose for a game?”

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