A DIFFERENT WAY OF LIFE

A selection of short films about those who are living with disabilities, and how they continue to overcome the limits society has tried to place on them.

SO OCD

(SHORT FILM)

Dir. Jason Avezzano / Writer/ Prod. Jamie Bliss

So OCD is a silent film that follows a 20-something with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder through a typical night out...well, typical for her. She is social and enjoys going out with her friends, but instead of being able to go home at the end of the night and go to bed, she has to spend hours finding resolution for all the triggers she encountered along the way - people touching her at the bar, sitting on restaurant benches, handing off her credit card, etc. Ashamed to share how difficult seemingly inconsequential activities end up being for her, she quietly handles them at home. Alone.

REMEMBER TO BREATHE IN THE DARK

(SHORT FILM)

Dir./Writer/Prod. Myles Grier

During the darkest day of his life thus far, Mike Cole, must face his most challenging insecurity.

JOHN

(SHORT FILM)

Dir. / Writer: Romel Rose / Prod. Romel Rose, Charles Kofi Opoku, Adrian J. Martin, Shanta Smith

John is a drama that examines the life of a man living with a physical disability as he embarks on a journey of self-acceptance, confidence and love.

THE BEST GIFT

(SHORT FILM)

Dir. / Writer / Prod. Andrew T. Horng

A mother tries to reconnect with her estranged son during the holidays.

(STUDENT SHORT FILM)

FOFO

Dir. / Writer: Ziyan Zhu / Prod. Zhen Su

Thaddeus is a happy boy who lives with his mother and half-sister in a small house. Because of a brain injury, Thaddeus has a difficult time communicating with people but still sees the beauty in his surroundings.

TRIGGERS

(SHORT FILM)

Dir. Menu’Ette Silver / Writer: Kaelan Laurence, Menu'Ette Silver / Prod. Wade "Benji" Benjamin, Erica Sutherlin

An emerging dancer's internal battle with schizophrenia threatens to destroy her relationships and career.

THE DARING YOUNG GIRL ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE

(SHORT FILM)

Dir. Nina Ross / Prod. Nancy Willis

As a child Nancy Willis dreamt of joining the circus, longing for freedom and adventure. Diagnosed with muscular dystrophy and a prognosis not to live beyond her twenties, the now 65-year-old artist invites us into her world. This is a stark reminder of the treatment of disabled people, but also a remarkable story of a woman who refused to be broken by society’s limited expectations of her.

THE POWER OF MOTHS

INT'L DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Dir. Roman Romanov / Prod. Natallia Bruzhnik, Leonid Kalitenya

At a daycare center in Stolin, Belarus, young people with disabilities are directed and participate as actors in theatrical productions. Their perceived limitations evaporate on stage, revealing depths of character and capabilities that are seldom explored.