All IN Film Fest goes virtual with screenings on Friday and Saturday

The first free festival All IN Film Fest, a collaborative project between The Magic of Cinema at Peninsula College, Studium Generale, ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse and Clallam Mosaic, moved on Friday and Saturday October 22-23, in person online screenings.

Due to the forecast for rain, wind and cooler temperatures, film screenings and discussions scheduled for Friday October 22 and Saturday October 23 will be available through Zoom.

Links to the Zoom sessions are available on the Peninsula College website at

Links to Zoom sessions and film trailers are available on the Clallam Mosaic website at

Featuring films purchased from Sproutflix, a distributor that is home to the largest and most diverse international collection of films made by and featuring people with DID, the film collection will challenge myths and stereotypes surrounding disability, employment, creativity and learning.

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

The second film, “Acting Normal,” features a performing arts studio for adults with DID. The studio and its cast are working to change the preconceptions of Hollywood casting agents, directors and producers. These diverse individuals strive to shatter myths about working with people with DID, such as increased production costs, increased lead times, and the misconception that people with disabilities will not fit in with the rest. of the team. Their ultimate goal is to see more people with IDD both on screen and behind the camera.

Not only is the life of the person with DID affected by the pioneering work of this organization, but the professionals who come to work with the students find themselves changed in surprising ways: to realize the value of all people throughout their career. life.

The third film, “Mr. Twister,” shares the art of Brian, an autistic teenager, who wanted to combat the way people treated him differently from others. Through his own form of creativity, making sculptures with ties Twisted, Brian – who was once withdrawn and almost nonverbal – has become a working artist.

On Saturday, October 23 at 6 p.m., the virtual screenings and discussion will begin with “Bye,” a short documentary that follows Jayden, a 2.5-year-old boy diagnosed with autism, through his first month of school in the Bronx, New York. The film depicts Jayden’s daily journey, divided between his studies at the NY Child Resource Center and his family life with his mother Anne, his father Benny and his brother John.

The second film, “Extra Ordinary”, shares the lives of two young people with Down syndrome, told primarily through the caring, honest and concerned voices of their parents. The film challenges the stigma and stereotypes associated with Down syndrome, showing that anyone can have happy and meaningful lives.

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

The last film of the All IN Film Fest will be the documentary “What Was It Like?” This Australian-made short features eight mentally disabled filmmakers interviewing their parents about what it was like when doctors broke the news of their diagnosis.

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