Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sprout Film Festival, which begins April 29 in NY City, to feature captioned version of Willowbrook exposé

From the Sprout Film Festival:

The 2011 Sprout Film Festival will take place the weekend of Friday April 29 - Sunday May 1 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

Fifty unique, entertaining and memorable films (aspergers, Down syndrome, brain injury, autism, intellectual disability) from 16 different countries will be featured.

Tickets for many of the programs are still available. Discounted tickets are offered to students, elderly, groups and people with disabilities.

In addition to the film festival Sprout is honored to offer a captioned version of the Willowbrook: the Last Great Disgrace exposé through sproutflix. (Image from the film pictured.)

Focusing on an institution located in Staten Island, NY, this film, produced by Albert Primo, with reporter, Geraldo Rivera, was one of the first exposés on local television. As a result of its airing on WABC-TV in 1972, the manner of treating people with disabilities was forever changed.