Based on modern day, real world events, this award winning short film follows a young man’s experience through a well intentioned but deeply flawed American mental health system. Described as "highly topical, visionary and powerful”, Disorder questions everything we’ve been led to believe about mental illness, our modern treatment methods and whether they may sometimes go horribly wrong.
The stars were aligned for Jacqueline and John to become the first lady and president of the United States of America. They were swept in by the change that is often needed. Not only did John represent many of the servicemen from World War Two who went on to form the greatest middle class in modern history, but Jackie represented, in her own way, the women who wanted to be more than house wives. Each of them appealed to the middle-class voters yet they were members of the Upper Class. But in their speeches and in their actions, they fought for the American Dream. And that was their connection to the middle class. We all wanted to be like them.
'il Signor Jackson' is the unique American story of Edward Jackson, raised in a predominantly Italian-American neighborhood in the Bronx of the 1950's, to becoming an educator in the NY City Public School System and prominent cultural figure of Italian biculturalism and bilingualism.
It’s the eve of perpetual good guy Ben’s wedding to practically perfect in every way Lisa, and he couldn’t be happier. But when his wild ex-girlfriend, Jules, suddenly reappears after leaving him in the lurch three years prior, Ben is faced with an unforeseen decision. Desperately hoping to appease everyone, Ben ignores the urging of his brash yet well-meaning “best man” Rachel, and neglects to immediately kick Jules and her eccentric bestie Maria out of the house. When Lisa shows up, called to the scene by his oddball older brother Bobby (who maybe didn’t think that phone call through), emotions amplify, and friendships begin to buckle under the strain. It takes Rachel literally slapping some sense into Ben for him to finally articulate what he truly wants. Through a darkly comedic lens, WE ARE GATHERED HERE emphasizes the importance of friendship as it examines social expectations, teetering fragility, and the active struggle with “obligations” that come with each new marker of adulthood.
In “With Joy,” we move apace with a grieving teenaged girl who returns to the safety of dance in search of connecting with her late dad, while moving through junctures of memories and wondering when Joy will return.