Willowbrook is a short film based on the true events surrounding the Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, New York. The film addresses the awful conditions in which people with developmental disabilities were warehoused and the controversial research experiments that took place under Dr. Saul Krugman in the 1960s. The project team needs to raise $5,000 dollars in the next two months to finish post-production on the film. There are a lot of remaining costs, such as:
- visual effects
- color correction
- composing and recording music
- sound mixing
- getting DVDs made to screen Willowbrook at film festivals and organizations all over the world
Visit Willowbrook’s Kickstarter page for more information on how you can help get this important disability history film finished!
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.