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.
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 Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/disabilityfilmchallenge/videos/271980744538448
Inclusive Theater of WNY – Monthly Short Play Reading Series – March 27, 2021
“Friend” by Sara Lyons
Director: Dallas Taylor
Starring: Katie Buckler, Sean Mansfield, Heather Benson, Shanda Gardner, & Queen Robinson
“The Birds are Feeding Me” by Rex McGregor
Director: Virginia Brannon
Starring: Heidi Buckler, Dorothy Gerhardt, & Michael Kowal
“Dorm Party” by Scott Mullen
Director: Chris Barker
Starring: Sadie Everhart & Kayla Reumann
We are just two sleeps away until our FREE Saturday Readings of Plays by Madison Sedlor! (Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 8pm via FB alive!) So it is officially time to meet the actors and directors!
We begin with the play Now|Then which is being directed by Sean Mansfield and Queen Robinson!
Starring Virginia Brannon as Agnes, Jessica Levesque as Joan and Iesha Young as Michelle.
About the play: Agnes and her two granddaughters, Michelle and Joan take cover from the deadly virus underneath the retirement home. Agnes believes her two granddaughters are her two best friends who have long since passed on.
Join us for this FREE event streamed via Facebook Live!
Poster by Cat Kwiatkowski
ITOWNY is proud to once again participate in the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge!
Calling all actors, editors, and writers! If you are available March 16-21, 2021 and would like to participate, please let us know! ALL are welcome!!! (And you won’t even have to leave your house, so what are you waiting for?!)
Drop us a line at email@example.com to let us know of your interest!
It is going to be a BLAST! Join us!