Easterseals Disability Film Challenge

We were proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge at an awards ceremony and cocktail reception Thursday, May 18, at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills.  Sponsored by CBS Entertainment Diversity, Dell, and SAG-AFTRA, the film challenge gave filmmakers—with and without disabilities—the opportunity to collaborate to tell unique stories that showcase disability in its many forms.

Best Film

Cory Reeder  — Best Friend

Best Filmmaker

Jonathan Johnson — Sibings Liebencrantz

Best Actor

Jamie Brewer  — Whitney's Wedding

Best Awareness Campaign

Cory Reeder  — Best Friend

Thanks to challenge sponsor Dell, the winners were awarded a Dell mobile workstation and Dell 2-in-1 laptop computers. Winners also receive the opportunity to screen their film at the HollyShorts Film Festival and meet with mentors well-versed in the traditionally hard-to-crack entertainment industry: writer/producer Scott Silveri (Speechless, Friends, Joey, Grinder) ; actress/writer/producer Amy Brenneman (Heat, The Leftovers, Judging Amy, Private Practice); Actor/comedian/director/writer Randall Park (Fresh off the Boat, Veep); CBS Entertainment Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion & Communications, Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i and famed casting director Pam Dixon (City Slickers, The Green Lantern).

Check out all of the 2017 film entries on YouTube or Facebook!


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