Trailers and Interviews 2014

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EVENT SPEAKER: Katie Altis of The Jacksonville School For Autism

Saturday, May 17th 1:00 pm

Pouring Colors (Trailer)

A film about Rainbow Artists: Art and Autism across the Spectrum, a program created by the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. The artwork the children are creating in the film was featured in an art exhibition at the Museum during the festival’s inaugural year. World Arts commissioned Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Cinematic Arts Department to make this film featuring young students, ages 5-15, from the Jacksonville School for Autism. The film will screen on Saturday, May 17th at the World Arts Film Festival, 2014.

World Arts Industry Mentors:
Peter J. Allen, writer
Andre Labous, cinematographer

Thank you to all of the young artists and filmmakers who made this project possible.
~Karen Sadler, Founder and Director, World Arts Film Festival


Autism: The Musical (2007) | Director Tricia Regan

95 mins USA | Screens on Saturday, May 17th at 1:00 pm

Follows five children with autism as they work together to create and perform a live musical production. Henry, the son of Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills and Nash), relates to the world through a near encyclopedic knowledge of dinosaurs. Fourteen-year-old Lexy, on the cusp of adolescence, has a new interest in boys. Wyatt, precociously verbal and terrorized by bullies, has a passion for orchids. Adam taught himself to play blues harmonica before he was two, and has currently taken up the cello. In addition to their interests and activities, all of these kids also have some form of autism.
Director Tricia’s Regan’s riveting documentary follows five different families, participating in The Miracle Project (a theatre program created specifically for children with special needs) as their kids write and perform their own musical production. The film is as much about the parents of autistic kids as it is about the kids themselves. How does one communicate with a child who won’t speak? What do you do when your kid only sleeps two hours per night? How do you cope with a world that has little use or compassion for kids that are so different? These are only a few of the questions that the parents must deal with, questions illustrated by a series of almost painfully honest and blunt encounters. Perhaps the most surprising of the kids profiled is Neal, the son of Elaine Hall, who founded the Miracle Project. Profoundly autistic, he hardly speaks, and is prone to violent tantrums, but when he is finally fitted with a keyboard voicebox, a sweet, intelligent personality is revealed. A complete triumph!

See HBO Documentary Films Trailer for Autism: The Musical

Winner of Two Primetime Emmys

See IMDB listing for more information about this film

Parent Guide found on IMDB website


EVENT SPEAKER: Director/Animator Dani Bowman

Dani will host several screenings during the three-day event. Dani will also attend her own film screening and will be available for Q & A after the film.

HANNAH LOST HER SMILE (2013) | Director Dani Bowman

4 mins. USA | Screens on Friday, May 16th at 11:00 am

See trailer here


EVENT SPEAKER: Tamika Lamison

The Magic Bracelet

The Make A Film Foundation, Executive Director and the film’s producer, Tamika Lamison

Screening on Saturday, May 17th at 12:00 pm, followed by Q & A

Story by Rina Goldberg
Adapted by Academy Award Winning Screenwriter, Diablo Cody
Directed by Jon Poll
Starring: Bailee Madison (Parental Guidance), Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight), Caitlin Doubleday (Catch Me If You Can), J.K. Simmons (Spider Man, Breaking Bad) and James Vanderbeek (Dawson’s Creek).
Song “7 Wonders” by Vasi Hunton

Make A Film Foundation (MAFF) grants film wishes to children with serious or life-threatening medical conditions by teaming them with noted actors, directors and writers who help them to create short film legacies that offer hope and build self-esteem.

World Arts Education is excited to announce our collaboration with the Make A Film Foundation for new production programs. Please contact Festival Founder, Karen Sadler.

Don’t miss this screening!

 See Trailer Here

Ms. Lamison will also be hosting The Screenwriters Panel on Friday, from 5-6 pm