A Life With Asperger’s

Jaime Ekkens / USA, 2014 / English / 4 min

A beautifully animated documentary that explores the challenges of growing up and living with Asperger’s Syndrome.

A Whole Lott More

Victor Buhler / USA / English / 83 min

More than 1200 workers with developmental disabilities work at Lott Industries, a car manufacturing company in Toledo, Ohio. But, as the auto industry declines in neighboring Detroit, Lott has been threatened with closure – and has only twelve months to reinvent and, hopefully, save itself. A Whole Lott More tracks this critical year for Lott from the perspectives of three unique and unforgettable people - Wanda, TJ and Kevin. In its portrayal of Lott’s potential demise, the film explores the narrow range of employment available to people with developmental disabilities and details the incredible contribution they can make in the working world when provided with the right support.

Audience Award, HotDocs 2013

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.

Getting Up

Casky Ebeling / USA, 2012 / English / 73 min

After being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and rendered almost completely paralyzed, graffiti artist TemptOne regains his creative voice through technology that reads the movement of his eyes and enables him to create art once again.

Audience Award, Slamdance Film Festival 2012

Henry O!

Ziad H. Hamzeh / USA / English / 76 min / Official Website

HENRY O! tells the story of Enrique (Henry) Oliu, a man blind since birth, who has made his major league baseball dream come true. Calling upon his love for sports and an encyclopedic memory for facts and figures, Henry hears the crack of the bat and knows if it’s a single, double, or home run; he listens for the ball singing into the catcher’s mitt and knows if it’s a curve ball, fastball, or change-up. Henry is the analyst for the strongest Hispanic station in Florida’s Tampa Bay Market. At his side in the broadcast booth is his wife Deb, whispering in his ear up-to-the-minute stats.

Here One Day

Kathy Leichter / USA / English / 76 min

After Kathy Leichter moved back to the NYC apartment in which she was raised, and where her mother committed suicide, she discovered a hidden box of audiotapes. It took sixteen years for Kathy to muster courage listen to the tapes but when she did she was suddenly granted new insights into her mother’s life and suicide. Her mother had recorded audio diaries about every aspect of her life - from the challenges of her marriage to Kathy’s dad, a NY State Senator, to her son’s estrangement, to her struggles with bipolar disorder. A visually arresting, emotionally candid film about a woman coping with mental illness, her relationships with her family, and the ripple effects of her suicide on those she loved.

Official Selection, IDFA
Official Selection, Hot Docs

Lost and Sound

Lindsey Dryden / UK, 2012 / English / 78 min

One out of seven people will experience hearing loss in their lifetime. Meet music critic Nick Coleman, dancer Emily Thornton, and pianist Holly Loach who journeyed deep into sound and silence to re-discover music after losing their hearing. Intimate filming, original animation, a rich musical soundtrack (often manipulated to reveal what deafness actually sounds like), and new insights from the world’s top neuroscientists, the filmmaker, who herself experiences hearing loss, tells the story of the great human love affair with music.

DORF Croatia 2013 – Best Film

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