Hollywood Pros Teach Adults With Disabilities Moviemaking
A unique Los Angeles-area program is giving adults with developmental disabilities a shot at landing jobs in the movie business.
Through Inclusion Films, individuals with autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome are learning from professional actors, cinematographers and other Hollywood insiders how to make movies.
The 20-week course teaches those with special needs nearly every aspect of the film business — from writing scripts to shooting and editing and making real films of their own.
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The goal of the program founded by Joey Travolta — a former special educator and the older brother of actor John Travolta — is to help those with disabilities obtain employment in the movie industry. But even graduates who don’t end up working in the field gain from the experience, those behind the effort say.
“A lot of our students aren’t going to be filmmakers and may never work in the film business, but they are going to be able to go into the workplace and have a sense of what it’s like to be on the job. This builds their self-confidence,” Travolta told the Los Angeles Times. To read more click here.