All IN Film Fest goes virtual with Friday, Saturday screenings

The free inaugural All IN Film Fest, a collaborative project between Peninsula College’s Magic of Cinema, Studium Generale, ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse and Clallam Mosaic, has moved the scheduled Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22-23, in-person screenings online.

Because of predicted rain, wind and cooler temperatures the film screenings and discussions scheduled for Friday, Oct. 22, and Saturday, Oct. 23, will be available via Zoom.

Links to the Zoom sessions can be found through the Peninsula College website at pencol.edu/events/magic-cinema-all-film-festival-clallam-mosaic.

Links to the Zoom sessions and film trailers can be found on the Clallam Mosaic website at clallammosaic.org/all-in-film-fest.

Screening films purchased from Sproutflix, a distributor that houses the largest and most diverse international collection of films made by and featuring people with IDD, the collection of films will challenge the myths and stereotypes surrounding disability, employment, creativity and learning.

On Friday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m., the evening will begin with the documentary “JMAXX & the Universal Language.” Viewers are introduced to Jarell, a teenager with autism who uses hip-hop dance as a means to communicate his true self to the world. Through interviews with Jarell’s parents and sisters, as well as personal anecdotes that he shares, viewers learn about Jarell’s struggles to connect with peers, his feelings of isolation and his experience with bullying.

The second film, “Acting Normal,” showcases a performing arts studio for adults with IDD. The studio and its actors are working to change the pre-conceived ideas of Hollywood casting agents, directors and producers. These diversified individuals work to shatter myths of working with individuals with IDD such as increased production costs, increased time lines, and the false idea that people with disabilities won’t fit in with the rest of the crew. Their ultimate goal is to see more people with IDD both on screen and behind the camera.

Not only are the lives of the individual with IDD impacted by the trailblazing work of this organization but the professionals brought in to work with the students find themselves changed in surprising ways: realizing the value of all people as they move through life.

The third film, “Mr. Twister,” shares the art of Brian, a teen with autism, who wanted to combat how people were treating him differently from others. Through his own form of creativity, making sculptures with twist-ties, Brian — who used to be withdrawn and nearly nonverbal — has blossomed into a working artist.

On Saturday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m., the virtual screenings and discussion will begin with “Bye,” a short documentary that follows Jayden, a 2-and-a-half-year-old boy diagnosed with autism, through his first months of school in the Bronx, New York. The film depicts Jayden’s daily journey, split between going to school at the NY Child Resource Center and his home life with his mother Anne, father Benny, and brother John.

The second film, “Extra Ordinary,” shares the lives of two young people living with Down syndrome mostly narrated by the caring, honest and concerned voices of their parents. The film challenges the stigmas and stereotypes associated with Down syndrome, showing that everyone can have a happy, meaningful life.

The third film will be “The Interviewer,” an Australian film that has been used for corporate equity and diversity training. This heartwarming and funny film exposes solicitor Thomas Howell to a very unconventional interview at a prestigious law firm, providing an opportunity to change more than just his job.

The final film of the All IN Film Fest will be the documentary “What Was It Like?” This Australian made short film showcases eight filmmakers with intellectual disability who interview their parents about what it was like when doctors delivered the news of their diagnosis.

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