Thursday, March 19, 2009

Be My Brother

I ran across the Tropfest web site the other day, and boy was I glad I did. Billing itself as the "World's Largest Short Film Festival", here's what they say on their website:

"Today, Tropfest is known as the largest short film festival in the world. It is widely regarded for its support of new filmmaking talent through its festivals, filmmaker initiatives and distribution program.

Tropfest gives audiences exposure to premium short films, and delivers a unique, free outdoor entertainment experience that is second to none.

Tropfest offers filmmakers a world-class platform for launching their careers through its reach, prizes and various initiatives designed to help alumni make connections within the industry. Dozens of our filmmakers have gone on to have successful local and international careers following their Tropfest debuts.

Tropfest counts some of the film industry’s most distinguished professionals as supporters including George Miller, Naomi Watts, Salma Hayek, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Baz Luhrmann, Ewan McGregor, Darren Aronofsky, Will Smith and many others. "

So what does all this have to do with disability? Just take a look at this short film titled, "Be My Brother." It is a story about a young man so charming and charistmatic that he challenges the prejudices of a stranger at a bus stop.

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