The only distributor of films exclusively featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

THEME: YOUNG ADULT

I WISH

Directed by Anthony Di Salvo
1.5 min / narrative / 2011 / USA

Poem written by Emily Meek / Reprinted from Ideal Way (Seeing Ability in Disability).

This is one in series of 13 short videos featuring poetry written by poets with developmental disabilities. Each poem is recited and performed by young adults with developmental disabilities.

I’m A Ghost

DIRECTED BY ANTHONY DI SALVO
30 MIN / NARRATIVE / 2009 / USA

During an emotional time in his life Jimmy is enrolled, by his father, at a boarding school. While there he is bullied by his roommates, gets a crush on a waitress and meets a ghost.

A Sprout Make-A-Movie production shot in 2009 – starring Peter Ford as Jimmy and Dan Waite as The Ghost with a supporting cast of Stephen Hutson, Kevin Moreno, Chad Brown and Sabrina Saunders.

Ten young adults with IDD from Brooklyn and Manhattan signed up to make a short film through Sprout’s Make-A-Movie Program. The 10 young adults, new to acting, were joined by a small film crew at a secluded resort with the goal to make a movie in 5 days. “I’m a Ghost” is the result of that effort.

I’m Painting Some Imagination

Directed by Linnea Widen
14 min / documentary / 2010 / Sweden

This is a portrait of two artists with intellectual disabilities who use their art to express themselves and reflect the world as they sees it.

Ingrid’s Big Jump

DIRECTED BY ZOË HARVEY
10 MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2010 / AUSTRALIA

Ingrid’s big goal is to hang glide. Her journey to the edge of the precipice took hard work, perseverance and character – the latter she has in spades.

JABALUU

DIRECTED BY STATION 17
3:20 MIN/ MUSIC VIDEO/ 2014 / GERMANY

A music video by Station 17 – a collection of improvisational musicians gathered from a Hamburg community of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Jack Blond

Directed by Rebecca Coley
12 MIN / NARRATIVE/ 2008 / UK

Jack Blond is a regular guy with Down syndrome who idolizes James Bond. When a priceless diamond comes to town, he gets the chance to prove he’s as good as his hero.

JASON

DIRECTED BY JONATHAN ADAMSON & SHANNON DOTY
3 ½ MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2017 / USA

Jason is on the autism spectrum, but this doesn’t stop him from enjoying a busy and active life in his home state of Iowa. He works as a gym custodian at the YMCA, is a Special Olympics athlete, and even finds time to do karaoke several times a week. His community involvement has been crucial to his development in both the career and social spaces.

JEFFREY

DIRECTED BY JONATHAN ADAMSON & SHANNON DOTY
4 MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2017 / USA

Jeffrey has a certain flair and a passion to be with people, to help others and enjoy life!

Jessica

DIRECTED BY KIRSTY GRIFFIN & VIV KERNICK
6:30 MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2016 / NEW ZEALAND

Jess is a true creative with a unique style of her own and the confidence to show her creations to the world. With her penchant for fashion, a cereal box creation takes Jess to the cat walk.

Jonathan

DIRECTED BY KIRSTY GRIFFIN & VIV KERNICK
6 MIN / DOCUMENTARY / 2016 / NEW ZEALAND

An affable chap, Jonathan takes a huge amount of pride in representing Thames in the Special Olympics. With a unique running style, he enjoys pounding the pavement around his neighborhood as a part of his rigorous training regime. With the support and encouragement from his coach Paul (the Paul), Jonathan not only takes out the gold medal at the Special Olympics, but also beats his personal best time.