|The Narrator (me) and the filmmaker Ken :)|
|Brandon Boas, A photographer featured in the film! :)|
Aside from the technical aspect though, Ken's heart comes straight though the screen to touch your heart! It comes from the fact that Ken isn't just a filmmaker and storyteller in title only. He invests time, energy and interest in the subjects whom he films. For the Pathways to Employment documentary, you become a fly on the wall, as it were, by being taken along for the ride as the viewer and given a very personal view into the lives of the six individuals featured. What you will first notice as you watch these videos, is the amount of positivity that is in each video. Sometimes, to an outsider, the person with a disability may seem to have a lot of roadblocks and some may wonder, how will they ever accomplish the things they want? These videos show how each person has accomplished their goals by replacing the word "CAN'T with CAN and they see the challenge as an opportunity. Their team of cheerleaders and supporters focus on their potential, which makes their differences fade. Simple equation: Find a way to turn the seeming negatives into positives. That's what is fully showcased in these six videos....and when you have a filmmaker who fully understands that and embraces that idea, in collaboration with the Arc of Indiana, the end result is a motivating beautiful piece of work!!
What made it such a happy night for me was not only seeing Ken's hard work be recognized, but I was happy for the stars themselves! I've heard their stories, many of them being guests on my show, telling me about the pain of being told they can't, or that no one understands them. At times they have been stared at, or laughed at.....but not on the premiere night! That night they were applauded and their faces glowed! I was so glad to be a part of that night...words can't even begin to say how much!
|Sally, Jill and my Mom! :)|
Three of the many great supporters I have on my team! :)
|Jennifer Schwab, Special Events Manager|
with the Arc and one of the many hard workers who brought
this event together! :)
Michelle Fischer is host of A View from my Window, a podcast produced by The Arc of Indiana