Disability Employment Documentary Headed To TV
A film about an innovative business that’s employing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is set to air on television stations across the country.
The documentary “Hearts of Glass” tells the story of Vertical Harvest, a startup urban farm in Jackson, Wyo. with a mission of providing competitive employment to people with developmental disabilities. The hydroponic greenhouse built on just a tenth of an acre grows as much food as 10 acres of regular farmland.
The film follows the business during its first 15 months of operation and looks at how it is addressing issues around food production while also promoting inclusion.
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“My goal was to weave the drama of this cutting-edge agricultural venture with the stories of several employees with disabilities,” said Jennifer Tennican, the director of the documentary. “I want viewers to be inspired by how one small mountain town is dealing with pressing social and environmental issues.”
“Hearts of Glass” has been screened at various film festivals and conferences. Now, starting this week it will have more than 1,000 showings on over 200 public television stations.
The broadcasts are being timed around the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26.