Sproutflix hosts the largest and most diverse assortment of films featuring people with I/DD on the marketplace. Our ever growing collection is made up of feature length documentaries and narratives as well as short films, animations and music videos.
Films on Sproutflix are geared toward showcasing varied and cultured points of views. All films on Sproutflix have been selected by a committee and screened at the Sprout Film Festival in New York City. Sproutflix is programmed and supported by Sprout, a NYC-based nonprofit organization founded in 1979, dedicated to bringing innovative programming to people with I/DD.
Sproutflix offers streams, downloads, DVD’s and playlists to be purchased and licensed for institutional and educational use. We believe film can inspire, inform and spark change. It is a powerful educational tool and the perfect addition to any curriculum or training program.
Professors and librarians from around the United States have already been purchasing sproutflix films and playlists for their universities and libraries. Whether classes will be discussing issues related to bullying, parenting, child development, human rights, discrimination, mental health or developmental disabilities (autism, Down syndrome, Aspergers Syndrome, etc.), our catalogue of films offers the perfect accompaniment to a wide variety of lesson plans
Whether it’s for training, advocacy or thought provoking entertainment, we have seen the lasting impact these films have had on audience members. If you are thinking about incorporating film into a class, training or event, we welcome you to browse our selection and enjoy these films as much as we have.
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Anthony Di Salvo is the founder and executive director of Sprout, a private, non-profit organization that offers innovative programming related to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). In 1979 Anthony created a travel program for people with I/DD and has overseen the growth of the travel program from its beginnings to now serving over 1,800 people annually.
In 1994 Anthony created Sprout’s Make-A-Movie Program through which he has produced several award-winning videos featuring people with developmental disabilities as actors and as subjects of documentaries. In 2003 Anthony founded the annual Sprout Film Festival. The Sprout Film Festival is the first and only festival to exclusively showcase films featuring people with developmental disabilities. In 2006, he started touring the US and Canada with the film festival.
In 2009 be created Sproutflix – the only distributor of films specifically and exclusively related to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Harriet S. Yaffe recently retired from her position as the Executive Director of the Arc of Southern Maryland. She has been involved in the field of I/DD for 38 years, including the founding of ICON Community Services in 1985. In her various roles, she initiated a series of major programs with the goal of promoting community living and employment opportunities for people with disabilities living in Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland.
Harriet has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counseling from the University of Maryland, from which she graduated cum laude in 1975. She has served on the boards of directors of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, Calvert Hospice, Calvert United Way, the Southern MD Workforce Investment Board, the Southern MD Higher Education Center, and Leadership Southern Maryland. She is Past President of the Maryland Association of Community Services and the Arts Council of Calvert County. In her spare time, Harriet is a pianist and vocalist.