Different doesn’t mean bad. It just means not the same.
The Sprout Touring Film Festival, which is coming to Sequim on Saturday, Oct. 15, shines a light on individuals with developmental disabilities through a series of hand-selected films.
Designed to benefit Snap, a local nonprofit for people with developmental disabilities and their families, the Sprout Touring Film Festival will present a variety of free movies and then a fundraising feature of “Wretches & Jabberers” on a big screen at Olympic Theatre Arts this weekend.
The goal of Sprout Films, according to Snap executive director Jenell DeMatteo, is to make “the invisible visible.”
“By presenting professional films of artistry and humanity, the festival reinforces accurate portrayals of individuals with developmental disabilities,” DeMatteo said. “The festival will provide an entertaining and enlightening experience that will help promote a greater acceptance of differences and awareness of similarities.”
How films are chosen
Sprout has a library of more than 130 films related to the field of developmental disabilities. All of the films were selected for the annual Sprout Film Festival held in New York City last spring.
A selection committee accepts films that have a realistic portrayal of the population, will be enjoyed by the general public and star actors and actresses with a disability. Then, Snap representatives select which films they would like to screen at their festival.
Anthony Di Salvo, Sprout Films executive director, reiterates the goal of breaking down stereotypes and promoting acceptance and awareness.
“By presenting films of artistry and intellect, the festival hopes to reinforce accurate portrayals of people with developmental disabilities and expose the general public to important issues facing this population,” he said.