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Spurwink’s Sprout Film Festival Brings Original Short Films By, For and About People with Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities to Maine

By April 1, 2016May 10th, 2016Press Release

Spurwink—a nonprofit that provides behavioral health and educational services for children, adults, and families across Maine‑-will present nine original short films by, for, and about people with developmental and intellectual disabilities at the Spurwink’s Sprout Film Festival.

“At Spurwink we are always looking for ways to highlight the extraordinary abilities of individuals affected by intellectual or developmental disabilities, and the Sprout Touring Film Festival shows their brilliance on the big screen”, explains Spurwink President and CEO Eric Meyer, LCSW, MBA.

Film Screening Schedule:

Wednesday, April 6, Farmington: University of Maine at Farmington, Lincoln Auditorium: 2 p.m.; and 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 7, Portland: 11 a.m.; and 6:30 p.m. at Woodfords Church, 202 Woodford St.

The film festival screenings of the nine multiple genre films are open to the public and admission is free, though donations are encouraged. This year the films originate from five countries, including Brazil, Canada, Italy, UK and USA.

The Sprout Film Festival was founded in 2003 and is programmed and supported by Sprout, a NYC-based non-profit organization dedicated to promoting innovative programming concerning people with developmental disabilities.

Meyer emphasizes, “Spurwink became a Sprout sponsor six years ago to create an inspiring and engaging community gathering that celebrates every person’s unique possibility.”

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