Twenty-year-old Chris Lopes is finally on the pathway to his dream of becoming a professional actor, but as a young man with Down syndrome, he is still struggling to achieve independence in his personal life. Chris lands a Hollywood agent and auditions for one big role that he hopes will be his big ticket to fame. All the while, his family worries about the practicality of his dreams and his desire to move to LA and live on his own. This documentary captures the heart of a young man who never gives up and reveals how acting has not only changed Chris' life but is giving him an unexpected path toward independence. Through Chris' story, A Different Script explores the global disability rights movement by focusing on the fair representation of people with developmental disabilities in the entertainment industry and the unique challenges they face in their careers and personal lives.
"Joan Walsh Anglund: Life in Story and Poem"
A tribute to the life of 92-year-old best-selling author/illustrator Joan Walsh Anglund narrated through a series of first-person oral histories accompanied by her illustrations and unpublished poetry. While her books, drawings, poems and other items and have sold millions of copies her own story of tragedy and triumph has not previously been told. Stories of strong, capable women enrich us all and are emerging throughout the culture.
Director Tim Jackson's Statement:
When she was 90 years old Joan quietly mentioned to me that she should "put something down" I thought "You're right!" Unable to resist the challenge, I scheduled an afternoon of interviews that became the basic structure of the film: a chronicle of a life in told through stories narrated by Joan herself - a natural and animated storyteller. Joan will be 93 in January. This film filled with stories and philosophy from her life is finally complete. She speaks about the profound tragedies in her life balanced with enormous success and a deep love of family and a heart and imagination that have inspired generations of children and adults. The film is enhanced with illustrations and unpublished poems archived at the Mugar Arts Library Archives at Boston University. Thanks to a dedicated team working within a minuscule budget for helping create this tribute.
"Flying Eggs" A teenage boy takes playfulness a tad too far when he interrupts a man on his morning run by throwing eggs out his window.
"DUKE" - Academy Qualified 2019
When a nonverbal autistic teen's family is falling apart, he must find his voice to keep them together. Based on a True Story.
Director Thiago Dadalt's Statement
In 2016, I was fortunate enough to meet Duke and his family, and was struck by their journey. I was touched by Duke's strength, the resilience of a mother's love for her son, and the effect this can have on a family, and wanted to bring this story to life.
Throughout my research for this film, I discovered that there are so many others out there just like Duke-people struggling to be heard-whose friends and family have given up on communicating with them. Just like Duke, they couldn't find their voice until they were given the outlet and the opportunity to do so, changing their lives forever.
For me, this film is about equality, about not judging a book by its cover and really seeing who someone is on the inside, regardless of any differences you may have. Duke is so much more than a story about someone with a disability, it's about learning to listen, and forces us to open our eyes, reminding us that every person is unique and has their own story to tell. It also teaches us about community; society as a whole needs to come together as one and realize that all humans are equal, regardless of race, class, or disability, and should all be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.