The first Free Our People Film Contest, developed by the Center for Disability Rights here in Rochester, called for video submissions that focused on institutional biases that keep people with disabilities in nursing homes instead of playing active roles in their communities. The winning submissions have been selected and will be shown at a festival on Monday, August 7, at The Little Theatre.
The contest had some specific rules: each film needed to display a whole pineapple and at least a piece of pie; and every film submission was also required to include disabled actors and at least one person with a disability in a major crew role, like director, writer, editor, or cinematographer, which seems more applicable than the first two requirements. The first and second place prizes come with cash rewards, accommodations in Rochester to attend the festival, and a software bundle for videographers.
The Free Our People Film Festival is Monday, August 7, at The Little Theatre (240 East Avenue) at 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 258-0400 or visit thelittle.org.