In our final look behind the scenes of Down syndrome in media we’re going to acknowledge some of the people who work hard to make sure that people with disabilities are represented fairly and accurately in all aspects of media.
They say that with success comes responsibility. Today we’re going to put the spotlight on two young men who don’t take that responsibility lightly.
Connor Long and John Franklin Stephens have both starred in films and both lend their voice to important advocacy campaigns as well.
After Life Goes On ended in 1993, actors with Down syndrome were rarely seen on television except for the occasional guest appearance. The current generation has been able to watch several characters with Down syndrome in episodic, prime time television beginning in 2008.
When people with disabilities or their allies make films, how do they get distributed? If you’re talking about a big budget, feature length film, then the process is like any other movie. But, for independent and smaller productions, one place film makers can submit their work so that more people will find it is Sproutflix.
Today’s short film is found on the Sproutflix website and features a young man named Peter ten Brink.
Any Day Now addresses prejudice on multiple levels. It looks at how society devalues people who are viewed as different and makes operating within the system difficult at best. In the film, Isaac Leyva plays Marco. Continue reading Down Syndrome History on Film – Prejudice
Today we’re going to celebrate Isaac Leyva – one of the stars of Any Day Now and another student from Performing Arts Studio West (PASW).
Continue reading Spotlight on: Isaac Leyva
Medical and legal shows re-tell the stories we experience as current events and try to add a bit of social commentary into the telling. Over the years actors and actresses who have Down syndrome have helped spread awareness of common concerns in our community. Continue reading Guest Stars – Down Syndrome in Dramatic Television
When someone with Down syndrome wants to break into the acting biz, the best place to find an agent who “gets it” is Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates (KMR) and Gail Williamson’s Down Syndrome in Arts & Media (DSiAM).