Festival Features Films By and About People with Developmental Disabilities

The Arc Baltimore and Towson University’s Hussman Center for Adults with Autism will present The Sprout Film Festival, a festival of short films and music videos by and about people with developmental disabilities, next Sunday, March 2.

There will be two unique screenings – the first at noon and the second at 2:00 p.m. – at Towson University’s West Village Commons, 424 Emerson Drive, in Towson, MD.

“The Sprout Film Festival provides viewers with an enjoyable and enlightening experience that will help to break down stereotypes, promote greater acceptance of differences, and increase awareness of similarities,” says The Arc Baltimore’s Executive Director, Stephen H. Morgan.

The films, which feature people with autism, Down syndrome, and other developmental disabilities, include:

  • Noon Screening: Breaking Boundaries; Finding Fred; The Magic of J-Mac; Drona & Me; and Down to Be Up;
  • 2 p.m. Screening: Travels with My Brother; Against These Walls; Bye; By Any Other Name; and Garrett’s Fight.

Trailers for many of the films can be found on The Arc Baltimore website, http://www.thearcbaltimore.org/events_sprout.html.

This marks the second year in which The Arc Baltimore and Towson University’s Hussman Center for Adults with Autism, in conjunction with the university’s Mass Communication & Communication Studies, Electronic Media & Film, and Disability Support Services, have joined together to present the Sprout Film Festival to local audiences.

Founded in New York in 2003, the Sprout Film Festival is designed to raise the profile of individuals with developmental disabilities, both as artists engaged in film making and as subjects of insightful and entertaining films.

Tickets for the Sprout Film Festival are $5 for one or both screenings, and can be purchased in advance by calling the Towson University Box Office, 410-704-2244. Tickets will also be available at the door. Free parking will be available on-site at the West Village Parking Garage.

About The Arc Baltimore
Dedicated to providing advocacy and high quality, life-changing supports since 1949 in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, The Arc Baltimore supports more than 6,000 adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. As one of the nation’s largest and most respected organizations of its kind, The Arc Baltimore is an indispensable resource, providing employment training, residential services, supported employment, and other programs and services. For more information, visit www.thearcbaltimore.org or call 410-296-2272.


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