Submitted photo / The film “Freefall” highlights the work of the only company in the UK that is comprised of performers with learning disabilities.

Submitted photo / The film “Freefall” highlights the work of the only company in the UK that is comprised of performers with learning disabilities.

All IN Film Fest returns

PORT ANGELES — The second All IN Film Fest is returning with a selection of short films created by, starring and about individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

This inclusive film event is free and will be held virtually on Friday and in-person on Saturday.

Links to the Zoom session and film previews can be found at clallammosaic.org/all-in-film-fest and at pencol.edu/event-item/all- film-festival. Films will be available via Zoom beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

The in-person session will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Little Theater on the Peninsula College Port Angeles campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Additionally, on Saturday, Olympic Peninsula Extended Needs (OPEN) Housing will be hosting a book signing with Christine Motokane, an autistic self-advocate, and graduate with honors from Loyola Marymount University with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Motokane works as a special education para educator.

The film fest is a collaborative project between Clallam Mosaic and Peninsula College’s Magic of Cinema, ʔaʔk̓ʷustəƞáwt̓xʷ House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse. The films will showcase the creative contributions, and developing relationships of neuro-diverse individuals.

The majority of the films were purchased from Sproutflix, a distributor that houses the largest and most diverse international collection of films made by and featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Each film will focus on themes of creativity and relationships.

• “Close My Eyes,” a music video, reveals the characters behind a pitch-perfect indie pop band.

• “The Fine Art of Being Zion” highlights Zion, who through the lens of Down syndrome, captures the heart and soul of his family, nature, and friends on canvas and ceramics.

• “Girl with the Tuba” is the story of a young activist with autism who plays her tuba in the streets of Atlanta.

• “Heartbreak & Beauty “is a short, experimental film depicting 12 different perspectives on universal, human emotions — all revolving around love.

• “One Fine Day” invites viewers to travel through an imagined world of dance, presenting a collection of rhythmic and witty scenarios.

• “3rd Son, Fourth Brother” is a unique Cam Lasley hip hop music video.

• “A Crack in Everything” is a love story between Maeve and Billy who are separated by the Belfast peace lines.

• “Bumblebee” tells the story of Vance, a young man diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy, as he begins dating.

• “Ground Hog Night” comes from Australian distributor Bus Stop Films and is the story of Gary and his daughter Jess, whose daily routines are turned upside down when the in-laws come to stay.

Finally, the lineup will include a film about a Clallam Mosaic art class created by a former Peninsula College student, Seth Wonderly.

The Saturday afternoon screening will include repeat showings of “A Crack in Everything”, “Ground Hog Night,” “Bumblebees,” “Heartbreak & Beauty” and the short piece about the Clallam Mosaic art class.

Additional films, absent from the virtual presentation will also be screened:

• “No Good Byes” is a music video with a catchy song from one of Australia’s most unique rock acts.

• “Making Waves” is the story of Max, the principal dancer in a choreographed work inspired by the watery world of his dreams.

• “Freefall” compellingly highlights the works of a dance company consisting of people with intellectual disabilities.

• “Lonely Road” is another song from hip hop artist Cam Lasley; this song reflects his journey to becoming a man.

Motokane

In 2014, Motokane shared her life journey through her autobiography, “Working the Double Shift A Young Woman’s Journey with Autism.”

By sharing her story, Motokane said she hopes to spread autism acceptance and to educate others about the need to create a variety of supports and opportunities for adults with autism and other developmental disabilities in the areas of employment, postsecondary education, housing, and social and recreation.

Motokane’s second book, a novella, is titled “The Revolving Door” and will be available in 2023. The new book is about a young adult with autism looking for a support person who is the right fit. The story reveals the challenges of finding the right individual in a small community and explores the tension between the protagonist and her parents.

About Clallam Mosaic

Local nonprofit Clallam Mosaic, formed in 1998, aims to “empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and special health care needs.” The sole source for year-round non-vocational day programs, Mosaic provides lifelong learning opportunities, recreational experiences, supports for creative endeavors, social interactions and advocacy education.

Mosaic also provides community engagement services to increase community access through one-on-one support, and hosts the local Parent to Parent chapter, offering support and advocacy to families caring for individuals with special needs.

To learn more about Clallam Mosaic, visit clallam mosaic.org.

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