2nd Annual The Arc Sprout Film Festival

2nd Annual The Arc & Sprout Film Festival 
When: Friday, April 22, 2016 
Screenings at 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. 

Where: Pollack Tempe Cinemas 
1825 E. Elliot Road, Tempe 

Who: Presented by: The Arc of Arizona and Chandler-Gilbert Arc 
Sponsored by: Dignity Health, Isagenix, The Brake Shop, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, City of Chandler Mayor’s Commission for People with Disabilities, RE/MAX Alliance Group – Denise Pias 
Co-sponsored by: Raising Special Kids, Arizona TASH, Arizona Council on Exceptional Children (CEC), Arizona Council of Administrators of Exceptional Children (CASE). 

Why: To entertain with highly professional filmmaking and to raise awareness and eliminate stereotypes about the lives, talents, challenges, hopes and dreams of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). 

Cost: $5.00 General Admission 
$4.00 Groups of 10 or more 
$12.00 Full-Festival Pass (good for all screenings) 

What is The Arc & Sprout Film Festival? 
A celebration of films featuring, and sometimes created by, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) disabilities – Down syndrome, autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder, cerebral palsy, Fragile X, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and many other diagnoses. The Festival is presented by The Arc of Arizona and Chandler-Gilbert Arc. 

What is The Arc and what is Sprout? 
The Arc is a national organization providing advocacy, education, and direct services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Arizona engages in public policy, advocacy, and outreach statewide; Chandler-Gilbert Arc is a direct service provider specializing in day treatment for adults, employment programs, and group homes. 

Sprout, based in New York City, is dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities grow through challenging, creative and fun experiences that enhance socialization, self-confidence and inclusion. Sprout programs include a variety of travel and vacation activities and film festivals that tour the United States. 

What types of films are included in the Festival? 
The Arc & Sprout Film Festival includes nearly three dozen films: documentaries, dramas, comedies, animation and music videos. All films are professionally written, directed, and produced, and include stories featured on ESPN and other major television networks and in major film festivals. 

How long are the films and the screenings? 
Running time for Festival films ranges from as short as 2 minutes to as long as 17 minutes.  

Each screening features a range of film styles and lengths. The morning screening runs approximately 66 minutes; the afternoon and evening screenings are each approximately 90 minutes long. All screenings are followed by a Q&A session with the founder and director of Sprout, Anthony Di Salvo. 

Why are these films unique? 
All characters with intellectual or developmental disabilities in Sprout films are portrayed by actors who, themselves, have disabilities – unlike typical portrayals in Hollywood films which use top-name actors to portray persons with I/DD. 

Who should attend the Festival? 
The Festival is appropriate for audience members of all ages. While films cover topics such as romantic relationships and some include momentary adult language, they do not include sexual content, pervasive profanity, violence, or other potentially objectionable adult content. 

Who is sponsoring the Festival? 
Sponsors of the 2nd Annual The Arc & Sprout Film Festival are: 
  • Dignity Health 
  • Isagenix 
  • The Brake Shop 
  • Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care 
  • RE/MAX Alliance Group - Denise Pias 
  • City of Chandler Mayor’s Commission for People with Disabilities 

How can people get more information and buy tickets? 
Visit www.arcarizona.org or call The Arc of Arizona at (602) 234-2721.

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