2015

Films & Events

Dolphin Tale 2     Rated G

Charles Martin Smith | USA | 2014 | 107 min. | Narrative | English

Several years after the rescue and development of a unique prosthetic tail for Winter, the dolphin, characters from Dolphin Tale return to continue their adventures. Attendance includes free cookies and milk, reduced parking fee, entrance to the museum and a photo magnet of your photo taken with guide dogs.

It’s All About Friends

Lena Koppel / Sweden, 2013 / Swedish / 91 min
The beloved characters from The Importance of Tying Your Own Shoes return! When the group decides to shoot a film about their lives, Peter calls his old friend Max, a successful, yet lonely and depressed, NYC-based cinematographer. When Max arrives he realizes that the documentary he has promised to shoot is about people with disabilities and he is forced to confront his own prejudices.

Little World     Rated PG-13

Marcel Barrena / Spain 2012 / Catalan/Spanish / 83 min
World traveler Albert Casals doesn’t let his use of a wheelchair get in the way of his adventures. The 19-year-old sets out on a new journey to the farthest point from his home in Barcelona to a lighthouse in New Zealand… with his girlfriend Anna, his wit and charm, and just 20 euro in his poc

Fixed     Rated PG-13

Regan Brashear | USA | 2013 | 60 min. | Documentary | English

Told through the perspectives of five individuals with disabilities, the implications of emerging biological and human technology enhancement are analyzed. Economics and agendas help shape a conversation on what it means to be human in the 21st Century.

Here One Day    Rated PG-13

Kathy Leichter | USA | 2013 | 76 min. | Documentary | English

When filmmaker Kathy Leichter moved back into her childhood home after her mother’s suicide, she discovered a hidden box of her mother’s audiotapes. Here One Day is an emotionally candid film about a woman who struggles with bipolar disorder, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved. In the end, the film chips away at the stigma of mental illness and elicits a feeling of hope even when living with a disability. Post-film panel discussion provided by NAMI. This event is presented in collaboration with The Monarch Institute and NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

A Whole Lott More     Rated PG

Victor Buhler | USA | 2013 | 83 min. | Documentary | English

From the moment Kevin types (with difficulty,) “I want to earn my way in the world”, we feel the passion behind his words. Lott Industries in Toledo, Ohio, has employed him and more than 1200 workers, all with developmental disabilities, for decades; however, with the decline of the auto industry in neighboring Detroit, Lott is threatened with closure. This moving film shows how Kevin, T.J., and Wanda can make incredible contributions in the working world. It is a call to action to lower barriers to employment for our friends and neighbors with disabilities.

Touch of the Light     Rated PG

Rong-ji Chang | Taiwan | 2013 | 110 min. | Narrative | Mandarin

Based on the true life story of Huang Yu-Siang, who stars as himself, Touch of the Light tells the story of a blind piano prodigy from rural Taiwan and his relationship with Xiao Jie, a young woman who dreams of becoming a dancer despite enormous challenges. Critically acclaimed and warmly received worldwide, Touch of Light recognizes the challenges parents face in letting go while celebrating the triumphs of those who dare to dream.

Opening Night Party

With over 300 people in attendance, this event was amazing! Thank you to our sponsors and venue.

Special Guests

Director, Kathy Leichter

Kathy Leichter

Director, Here One Day
Kathy Leichter is a documentary film producer and director and the founder of Two Suns Media and Mint Leaf Productions, both based in New York City. She is the director and producer of HERE ONE DAY, which was invited to some of the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world and is now traveling the country in community screenings to reduce stigma around mental illness and suicide. Leichter recently produced HIDDEN BATTLES, a documentary about the psychological impact of killing on soldiers from across the globe. She also directed and produced PASSING ON, about her ninety-one year old, tell-it-like-it-is grandmother, Elsa, an Austrian Jewish immigrant and family therapist, and the award-winning PBS documentary, A DAY’S WORK, A DAY’S PAY about three welfare recipients who become leaders in the fight against workfare in New York City. Leichter was the Project Director of THE WORKFARE MEDIA INITIATIVE, a media activism project which trains current and former welfare recipients to show A DAY’S WORK, A DAY’S PAY and lead facilitated discussions educating audiences about economic justice and community organizing. Other credits include producer of the award-winning films, SPIT IT OUT, about a man who stutters and his journey towards self-acceptance, and producer of MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS: MIRRORS THAT BIND, about the impact of the mother/daughter relationship on a woman’s body, sexuality, and self-esteem. Formerly Leichter worked at WQED-PBS, where she produced a national series on health care reform and worked for MISTER ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD.

2014

Films & Events

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Little World

Marcel Barrena / Spain 2012 / Catalan/Spanish / 83 min
World traveler Albert Casals doesn’t let his use of a wheelchair get in the way of his adventures. The 19-year-old sets out on a new journey to the farthest point from his home in Barcelona to a lighthouse in New Zealand… with his girlfriend Anna, his wit and charm, and just 20 euro in his poc

Special Guests

Director, Kathy Leichter

Kathy Leichter

Director, Here One Day
Kathy Leichter is a documentary film producer and director and the founder of Two Suns Media and Mint Leaf Productions, both based in New York City. She is the director and producer of HERE ONE DAY, which was invited to some of the most prestigious documentary film festivals in the world and is now traveling the country in community screenings to reduce stigma around mental illness and suicide. Leichter recently produced HIDDEN BATTLES, a documentary about the psychological impact of killing on soldiers from across the globe. She also directed and produced PASSING ON, about her ninety-one year old, tell-it-like-it-is grandmother, Elsa, an Austrian Jewish immigrant and family therapist, and the award-winning PBS documentary, A DAY’S WORK, A DAY’S PAY about three welfare recipients who become leaders in the fight against workfare in New York City. Leichter was the Project Director of THE WORKFARE MEDIA INITIATIVE, a media activism project which trains current and former welfare recipients to show A DAY’S WORK, A DAY’S PAY and lead facilitated discussions educating audiences about economic justice and community organizing. Other credits include producer of the award-winning films, SPIT IT OUT, about a man who stutters and his journey towards self-acceptance, and producer of MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS: MIRRORS THAT BIND, about the impact of the mother/daughter relationship on a woman’s body, sexuality, and self-esteem. Formerly Leichter worked at WQED-PBS, where she produced a national series on health care reform and worked for MISTER ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD.

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