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press release: ARTS for ALL Wisconsin (AFA) will host a free online screening of the documentary iron family on March 20 in partnership with GiGi’s Playhouse and Waisman Center to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.

The award-winning Golden Badger documentary iron family will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and stars of the film. The film examines the life of Jazmine Faries, a woman with Down syndrome obsessed with soap operas, Barbie dolls and Matthew McConaughey. The filmmakers follow the creative process of writing, rehearsing and performing Jazmine’s sixth annual play as family bonds are strengthened and tested. Along the way, Jazmine struggles for her independence, longs for a romantic partner, and we see how a single spark of creativity can spread joy. “We are thrilled to partner with the AFA and the Waisman Center to shine a light on a film about someone with Down syndrome,” said Kelly Antonson, site manager of GiGi’s Playhouse Madison.

The film will be followed by a conversation with filmmakers and stars, Antonson, and experts from the Waisman Center, moderated by AFA Executive Director, Christina Martin-Wright.

“The Iron River community comes together to support Jazmine’s vision of iron familyand like-minded organizations in Madison have now come together to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day,” says Martin-Wright. “To celebrate the inherent value and incredible contributions of people with Down syndrome, we have joined forces with the Waisman Center, GiGi’s Playhouse Madison and the Wisconsin Film Festival to elevate this important day more than we could have. do it alone.”

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ABOUT ARTS for ALL Wisconsin: ARTS for ALL Wisconsin was founded in 1985 as Very Special Arts Wisconsin with a mission to expand the abilities, confidence, and quality of life of children and adults with disabilities throughout Wisconsin by providing arts programs. More information at

ABOUT GiGi’s Playhouse: GiGi’s Playhouse was created to change the way the world views a Down Syndrome diagnosis and send a global message of acceptance for all. Over 56 Playhouses allow children and adults to achieve their “best of all” and pursue their dreams.

ABOUT Waisman Center: The Waisman Center is dedicated to advancing knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases through research, training of students and postdoctoral fellows, providers and the community, and services to people with disabilities. intellectual disabilities and their families.

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