Inclusion films is not your typical film company, it does more than just produce films, it also serves as a lesson plan to people with developmental disabilities.
Carol of Bells is Inclusion Films’ latest project
“It’s a good story, it has a lot of heart in it,” said RJ Mitte, actor.
It’s about a young man who searches for his birth mother, then finds her and finds out she has a developmental disability.
“It’s a really beautiful, heartfelt story,” said Yuli Mireles, actress. “One that should be told, one that needs to be told with inclusion, which is what the whole production is about.”
That’s also what the entire company is about.
“Seventy percent of this crew is made up of folks with developmental disabilities,” said John Travolta’s brother, Joey.
Joey is the producer and director of the film. He’s also the founder of Inclusion Films. Through his company, he teaches filmmaking to people with developmental disabilities.
“They learn the camera, editing, lighting, acting, everything that goes into filming and they use the film as a lesson plan,” said Travolta.
And, in this case, students aren’t only learning, they’re also getting in on the action alongside famous Hollywood actors.
“I never thought I’d see the day where a film gig, such as this one, would be a huge game changer for me,” said Eric Apparitm.
A model meant to show the world what people with different abilities can do. John and Mark Cronin know a thing or two about that.
“In our case, they can run the world’s largest sock company,” said Mark Cronin, co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks.”
The father-son duo runs a multi-million dollar sock business where 23 of their 39 employees have a disability.
“I have down syndrome and nothing holds me back,” said John Cronin. “I love my company, I love my dad.”
“For all those out there, always follow your dream and at least always keep trying to do things, don’t give, you’ll always find a way,” said Apparitm.
Carol of Bells will premiere at the Bentonville film festival in Arkansas in May.