Category Archives: National Down Syndrome Awareness Month 2016

Behind the Scenes Tuesday- Down Syndrome in Arts & Media

Gail & Blair Williamson
Gail & Blair Williamson

 

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).

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Down Syndrome History in Films – Eugenics

In the short film “Menschen,” we are reminded of a time in history when Hitler carried out his plan to rid the world of people with disabilities.  Actor Connor Long gives an award winning performance as a young person found by an Austrian soldier at the end of WWII.  Continue reading Down Syndrome History in Films – Eugenics

Ethan’s Law Saturday – Interview with Edward Rhodes

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Our Saturday blogs this month will be devoted to documentary film about Ethan Saylor  – Ethan’s Law.

For today we literally went to the source and asked the director Edward Rhodes a few questions. Continue reading Ethan’s Law Saturday – Interview with Edward Rhodes

Spotlight on – David DeSanctis

Photo from wherehopegrowsmovie.com
Photo from wherehopegrowsmovie.com

Fridays during Down Syndrome Awareness Month we’ll shine the spotlight on some of our favorite actors and actresses.  This week, we’ll get to know a little bit more about one of the stars of Where Hope Grows – David DeSanctis. Continue reading Spotlight on – David DeSanctis

Giveaway Thursday – Girlfriend

Thursdays during Down Syndrome Awareness Month we’ll be giving you a chance to watch a movie on us! We’re starting off with Girlfriend a 2012 film directed by Justin Lerner.

The film won the 2011 Gotham Audience Award, the Audience Favorite at the Mill Valley Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize and Best Director at the White Sands International Film Festival, and the Grand Jury Prize and Best Narrative Feature at the Woods Hole Film Festival.

Synopsis: A young man with Down syndrome (Evan Sneider) romantically pursues a small town single mom who is still mixed up with her volatile ex-boyfriend.

Visit the movie page and Evan’s page on Facebook to enter. Winner will be randomly selected at 6:00 pm tomorrow (Friday). Prize is $3.99 Amazon digital rental.

 

DSTV Wednesday – Life Goes On

In our exploration of Down syndrome in film, we will spend some time looking at portrayals on the small screen. Wednesdays will be devoted to how television has been used to raise awareness. Today, we’ll start at the most appropriate place – with Corky on Life Goes On. Continue reading DSTV Wednesday – Life Goes On

Behind The Scenes Tuesday – Performing Arts Studio West

Performing Arts Studio West
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If you’ve been watching Born This Way on A&E you’ve no doubt seen where some of the cast members study their craft and pursue their dreams of becoming performers. Today we’re going to take a look at that unique service provider / dream maker – Performing Arts Studio West.  (PASW on Facebook) Continue reading Behind The Scenes Tuesday – Performing Arts Studio West

Down Syndrome History in Film – Institutions

Every Sunday during Down Syndrome Awareness Month we’ll be taking a look at how a particular movie(s) portrays a piece of our community’s history. To start us off, we’ll look at how two films, one narrative and one documentary, portrayed institutional life of people with intellectual disabilities. Continue reading Down Syndrome History in Film – Institutions