The 11th Annual Sprout Film Festival 2013

Sprout Film Festival 2013
The Eleventh Annual
Sprout Film Festival
making the invisible visible
Friday May 31 – Sunday June 2, 2013
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education
Fifth Avenue & 81st Street New York, NY

A showcase of films featuring people
with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Sprout Film Festival acquires “The Eighth Day” starring actor with Down syndrome Pascal Duquenne

from Media dis-n-dat:
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Sprout Film Festival acquires “The Eighth Day” starring actor with Down syndrome, Pascal Duquenne; will be available for purchase through sproutflix.

From Sprout Film Festival:
Sprout Film Festival has received the rights to sell the award-winning film, The Eighth Day (Le Huitieme Jour) on sproutflix. This 1996 feature-length Belgian film tells the story of a chance friendship that develops between a divorced businessman (Daniel Auteuil) and a young man with Down’s syndrome (Pascal Duquenne) who ran off from the institution he lives in.

This film was nominated for the Palme d’Or award, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It won the Best Actor award that year, which was given to both lead actors. This was the first time in the Cannes Film Festival’s history that two actors shared this award.

We are pleased to be able to include this film on sproutflix and I strongly encourage you to see it. At times deeply poignant, while also brilliantly funny, The Eighth Day (in French with English subtitles) is not to be missed.

We continue to add films and free streams to our sproutflix site. You can now see a free stream of Sheri and Paul on sproutflix. A couple shares their personal thoughts on love and marriage in this candid and touching portrait. I made this film in 2004 and I’m delighted to announce that they are still together and as happy as ever.

Lastly, the Sprout Touring Film Festival in partnership with The Arc, continues its tour to cities throughout the country and we will be presenting a program of films at The Arc’s upcoming National Convention in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 25, 2012.

To see if our film festival may be coming to a city near you and to be kept updated on other news related to our film programs, please ‘like’ us on facebook:

Sprout Film Festival, w. captioned version of Willowbrook exposé, April 29 – May 1

The 2011 Sprout Film Festival will take place the weekend of Friday April 29 – Sunday May 1 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Fifty unique, entertaining and memorable films (Aspergers, Down syndrome, brain injury, autism, intellectual disability) from 16 different countries will be featured.

Tickets for many of the programs are still available. Discounted tickets are offered to students, elderly, groups and people with disabilities.

In addition to the film festival Sprout is honored to offer a captioned version of the Willowbrook: the Last Great Disgrace exposé through sproutflix. (Image from the film pictured.)

Focusing on an institution located in Staten Island, NY, this film, produced by Albert Primo, with reporter, Geraldo Rivera, was one of the first exposés on local television. As a result of its airing on WABC-TV in 1972, the manner of treating people with disabilities was forever changed.