The Sprout Film Festival has—pardon the pun—sprouted from a critically acclaimed New York City festival of the same name. It returns to Boise's Egyptian Theatre Saturday, Nov. 3, after its highly successful inaugural event in 2011.
Sprout showcases a select group of life-affirming short films—some as short as 90 seconds, some closer to 15 minutes—with an equal sampling of documentaries, animation and first-person narratives. Each film relates to individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
No fewer than 20 films make up this year's Sprout Festival; 10 films each will be shown at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Among this year's films are:
Beautiful: Two people with disabilities face new challenges in public displays of affection.
Determined to Dance: Young dancers with Down syndrome prepare for a performance.
Laser Beak Man: A child who is never expected to walk or speak becomes an accomplished visual artist.
The Magic of J-Mac: the story of a high school basketball team manager who has autism.
The screenings will be followed by discussions to encourage heightened awareness and sensitivity to people with disabilities, particularly children and young adults.
The Second Annual Sprout Film Festival is sponsored by The Arc.