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‘Rain in My Head’ Triple Winner at Easterseals Disability Challenge

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“Rain in My Head” was the large winner on the tenth annual Easterseals Incapacity Movie Problem, taking honors for greatest movie, director Chrissy Marshall and actor Layne Apffel.

Additionally saluted have been Nathan Cox, editor for “Smash or Pass”; Rachel Handler, author, “Unlucky in Love”; and Judith Rubin and “Leap of Love” for greatest consciousness marketing campaign.

The winners have been introduced Might 4 at an orange-carpet ceremony and reception at Sony Photos Studios in Culver Metropolis. 

For the competitors, registered filmmakers got 5 days inside a delegated timeframe to put in writing and produce brief movies (three-to-five minutes) selling incapacity inclusion. Yearly’s contest has a theme, and this 12 months it was romance, which resulted in a variety of viewpoints on the subject.

There have been a file 115 submissions, from practically each U.S. state and from across the globe, together with entries from Austria, Bolivia, Canada, England, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, India, Eire, Israel, The Netherlands and Timor-Leste.  

The awards have been begun by actor-comic-producer Nic Novicki, who served as host for the night. Novicki says, “As the entertainment industry strives to build a more diverse and inclusive workplace, we must keep disability in the conversation. I created the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge to help accelerate change within Hollywood and to provide filmmakers and actors with tangible work experience and with an opportunity to tell authentic stories — and once again, I am humbled by the overwhelming response. We are proud of the amazing films produced this year and over the past 10 years — which have been viewed around the world — and the successes our participants have gone on to achieve.” 

The movies can be found for viewing on YouTube.

Mark Whitley, president-CEO of Easterseals Southern California, provides “Hollywood has only begun to tap into the power of inclusion and to showcase this significant segment of our society. The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge gives filmmakers, actors and their crews invaluable entertainment experience and a chance to network with industry professionals. Likewise, it’s an opportunity for studios, networks, guilds, talent agencies and people working in entertainment to get involved to change the way we all experience and understand disability.” 

Winners obtain entry to leisure leaders and sources, opening the door to an trade notoriously tough to enter. They’re additionally given a wide range of prizes, together with $2,000 grants offered by NBCUniversal; Dell Applied sciences computer systems; one-year membership to IMDbPro; screenings at Academy Award-qualifying festivals; a one-year subscription to Adobe Artistic Cloud; and mentorship conferences with leisure trade executives and expertise, corresponding to Phil Lord & Chris Miller (“Cocaine Bear,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”). 

In accordance with the CDC, 25% of U.S. residents, greater than 61 million folks, have a incapacity, making it in the present day’s largest minority inhabitants. But in line with a Nielsen examine launched in 2022, about 95% of characters with disabilities in Hollywood’s prime TV reveals have been performed by non-disabled actors whereas solely three of the 61 Oscar nominees and 27 winners who performed disabled characters have been truly disabled. 

Presenters on the ceremony included longtime champions of disabled expertise like producer-director Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”) and the filmmaking staff of Lord & Miller. 

The 2023 Movie Problem was judged by a various group of trade expertise, together with Selection senior VP Tim Grey;  filmmakers Jim LeBrecht (co-director of Oscar-nominated docu “Crip Cramp”), Jenni Gold (“CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion”) and Lawrence Carter Lengthy; Col Needham, founder-CEO of IMDb; Gil Robertson, President, African-American Movie Critics Assn.; and actor-comedian Danny Woodburn.  

Every award had a heavyweight sponsor: Warner Bros. Discovery, NBCUniversal, imDB, Adobe, Netflix and Prime Video.



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