Among the Giants

Cory Tomascoff / USA / English / 23 min

Among the Giants tells the story of the Adaptive Design Association, a nonprofit organization located in New York City and builds customized equipment for kids and adults with disabilities, mainly using cardboard. The film portrays the organization’s mission through the compelling stories of two fascinating individuals. Among The Giants causes viewers to question what it means to solve problems, be creative and impact the community all while working with cheap and easily accessible materials.

Crooked Beauty

Ken Paul Rosenthal / Documentary / USA / English / 30 min / Official Website

A visually stunning account of artist-activist Jacks Ashley McNamara’s transformative journey from troubled childhood to psych ward patient to pioneering mental health advocate. This poetic tale reshapes mental health stigmas while re-approaching madness as a tool for creativity, inspiration and hope.

Praying With Lior

Ilana Trachtman / USA, 2008 / English / 87 min / Official Website

Lior has Down Syndrome, and has spent his entire life praying with utter abandon. As Lior approaches Bar Mitzvah, the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony, different characters provides a window into life spent “praying with Lior.” The movie poses difficult questions such as what is “disability” and who really talks to God?

Shooting Beauty

George Kachadorian / USA, 2009 / English / 62 min / Official Website

Fashion photographer Courtney Bent’s career takes an unexpected turn when she discovers a hidden world of beauty at a center for people living with significant disabilities. Shot over the span of a decade, the viewer watches as through Courtney’s eyes as she overcomes her own unspoken prejudices and begins inventing cameras accessible to her new friends. Courtney’s efforts snowball into an award-winning photography program called “Picture This”—and become the backdrop for this eye-opening story about romance, loss and laughter that will change what you thought you knew about living with a disability… and without one.

Best Documentary, New Hampshire Film Festival 2009
Audience Award for Top Documentary, Maine International Film Festival 2009

Snow Cake

Marc Evans / Canada / English / 112 min

Alex, an ex-convict on a road trip picks up Vivienne, an eccentric hitchhiker. A serious car accident kills Vivienne, prompting Alex to visit Vivienne’s mother. What he discovers is a woman with high-functioning autism. Convincing him to stay after the funeral, Alex learns about her uniqueness as he struggles to come to terms with his own grief.

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