ITOWNY Participates in the 2021 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge (EDFC)!

Inclusive Theater of WNY (ITOWNY) is one of 93 participants in the International Easterseals Disability Film Challenge for the second year in a row!

The film, Closet Captives, was written, performed, filmed, and edited in five days (March 16-21, 2021).   Written by Ellen Scherer and Madison Sedlor, directed by Aimee Levesque, Virginia Brannon, Chris Barker, Dallas Taylor, and Ellen Scherer, featuring Dallas Taylor, Ellen Scherer, Jess Levesque, Heather Benson, Virginia Brannon, and Cat Kwiatkowski, with music by Everlasting Enlightenment and produced by Inclusive Theater of WNY.

About the challenge:

2021 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge: Home Edition 2.0 Assignment:  Mockumentary or documentary style short film. The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge is a narrative short film competition but many of the film challenge participants are currently staying home and safe due to the COVID-19 pandemic the genre of the assignment of the 2021 EDFC: Home Edition is Mockumentray or documentary style.   

In its seventh year, the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge gives filmmakers—with and without disabilities—the opportunity to collaborate to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms.  The film challenge is open to all and provides a platform for new voices in the entertainment industry. Each year, aspiring storytellers are prompted to creatively write, produce, and complete a short film. Challenge winners receive invaluable access to entertainment professionals, opening the door to an industry notoriously difficult to enter.  More information on the challenge: https://disabilityfilmchallenge.com/challenge/about-us/

About the film:

Closet Captives is the mockumentary where we see what happens when Maya, Quinn, Dylan, Brooklyn, Logan, and Jamie are isolated and removed from their day-to-day lives.


Closet Captives

Written by Ellen Scherer and Madison Sedlor and Directed by Aimee Levesque, Virginia Brannon, Chris Barker, Dallas Taylor, and Ellen Scherer

Awareness Campaign Runs Now through April 5, 2021

Video on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8XmdEs-g2k  or on Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/disabilityfilmchallenge/videos/271980744538448

More information www.inclusivetheaterofwny@gmail.com and inclusivetheater@gmail.com

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