Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23
The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge gives filmmakers—with and without disabilities—the opportunity to collaborate to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms.
There’s a Hollywood saying that goes: “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” The truth is, it’s actually a combination of the two.
That’s why the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge provides both an opportunity to hone your skills and interact with entertainment industry professionals. We’re proud to work with producers, writers, directors, casting directors and other crewmembers in two ways. Our Judges evaluate submissions to determine award winners and our Mentors meet with those winners to give advice on building a career in “the business.”
Award-winning actress, writer, producer, and activist Amy Brenneman to mentor Best Actor winner!
The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is proud to announce that the winner of the Best Actor award will receive a mentorship session with award-winning actress, writer, producer, and activist, Amy Brenneman.
A founding member of the Cornerstone Theater Company, which specializes in original theater centered on themes of social justice, Amy created and starred in Judging Amy, based on the work of her mother, The Honorable Frederica Brenneman. Other TV: NYPD Blue, Frasier, Private Practice and The Leftovers on HBO. Film: Heat, Friends and Neighbors and Casper.
A long-time advocate for reproductive rights, gun control, and childhood education, Amy spoke publicly about her own abortion in an amicus brief in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court case striking down Texas’s TRAP law restricting abortion access.
For her activist work, Amy has been honored by Women in Film, The Feminist Majority, The Brady Center, the League of Women Voters, the California State Assembly, the National Children’s Alliance, the Chime Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Help Group, the Producer’s Guild of America, among others.
Learn more: www.DisabilityFilmChallenge.com