And They Were Roommates: Navigating Inclusive Mentorship in Higher Education is currently making rounds in film festivals around the globe. The full film is anticipated to be free and public after January 2022. Until then, enjoy a film festival!
October 29, 2021
Orange Central is an annual event at Syracuse University. The campus opens to celebrate connections between alumni and current students, community achievement, and the pride of the Orange. The screening will be hosted by the Center on Disability and Inclusion and will include a panel for discussion.
Astoria Film Festival
October 1st - 31st, 2021
With their nonprofit work and film festivals, the Kaufman Arts District's Astoria Film Festival focuses on community, education, and independent filmmaking. The goal is to create a "multi-generational local filmmaking community and network". The in-person aspect of the 2021 festival will take place October 1st through 3rd in Astoria, NY. Kylie and Olivia participated in a virtual interview about the filmmaking process, their inclusive college experiences and advocacy for inclusive education. The online portion will be available throughout the month.
"Assim vivemos" translates from Portuguese to English as "so we live". Brazil's International Disability Film festival takes place across Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Brasília, and online. Since 2003, the festival has "mobiliz[ed] the community of people with disabilit[ies]" alongside schools, universities, and professionals. The multi-lingual festival offers audio descriptions and closed captions for all films. And They Were Roommates is included in the "Collaborative Partnership" theme.
Chicago Indie Film Awards
April 23rd, 2021
In partnership with the Chicago Movie Magazine, "the international platform is dedicated to supporting, promoting and recognizing indie film projects and scripts from all over the world". It is a monthly and annual festival with a goal of sharing short and feature films from a diverse group of filmmakers. And They Were Roommates was in the monthly "Student Film" category.
Hilltop Film Festival of Diversity and Inclusion
April 16th - 25th, 2021
Hosted by Birmingham-Southern College's Media and Film Studies department, the Hilltop Film Festival aims to "celebrate the perspectives, cultures, and genres underrepresented in the mainstream film industry, including the work of LGBTQ+, racial and ethnic minority, and female directors and producers". The festival emphasized discussing the works of others. The 2021 festival was socially distanced in Birmingham, Alabama.
Syracuse International Film Festival (SIFF)
November 5th - November 15th, 2020
The Syracuse International Film Festival (SIFF) has a goal of enhancing the "economic, cultural, and educational value" of Central New York through community engaging, inspiring, and entertaining media. Partnering with WCNY Public Broadcasting, SIFF held the 2020 film festival virtually and plans to hold other community events throughout the year. And They Were Roommates was presented on November 7th and November 15th via WCNY Virtual with Audio Descriptions.
WIPE International Film Festival
October 30th - November 1st, 2020
For the WIPE Amateur Film Festival, "amateur films are not just a festival concept. It is a search for a new film language, which can exist just outside of industrial schemes of production and distribution". WIPE takes place in Berlin, Germany, and prides itself in being a laidback, non-professional festival, where all people have an audience. The 2020 festival was held virtually.
International Social Change Film Festival (ChangeFest)
September 26th - October 24th, 2020
The International Social Change Film Festival, or "Change Fest" use the art of storytelling to pair justice-orientated films from around the globe with "opportunities to get involved with organizations committed to righting the wrongs highlighted" . Social Change is a "national nonprofit committed to liberations, amplifying community voices and disrupting the legacy of systemic injustice through storytelling, organizing, direct action and policy advocacy". Powerful stories lead to powerful action. The 2020 festival was virtual.
State of the Art Student Leadership Conference
October 8th - October 9th, 2020
Each year, the "SLC is committed to centering the voices, wisdom, and experiences of college students with intellectual disability. The SLC is open to all students, with an emphasis on young adults who are transitioning into college and current college students. The focus is on students with intellectual disability and their peers, including traditionally enrolled friends, classmates, and mentors". The 2020 conference was held virtually and co-hosted by some of the casts' friends at Syracuse University and InclusiveU. And They Were Roommates was presented as the first keynote addresses.
Helsinki Education Film Festival International
September 25th - October 4th, 2020
The Helsinki Education Film Festival International (HEFFI) was built on the idea that "videos and films are the latest, most commonly used, and most engaging medium of information in our time". The festival, located in Helsinki, Finland, aims to channel the "exchange [of] ideas and methods, including non-traditional ways that will open greater opportunities for collaboration for further development of education". The mission is to "educate the new generation through films and videos".
disABILITY Film Festival
June 1st - June 30th, 2020
The disABILITY Film Festival was free to the public and available online for the month of June. The fest was in collaboration with Western Colorado University's Education and and Rocky Mountain PBS. With a "mission to raise awareness of the triumphs within inclusive education" the festival explored "creative pedagogy that serves students within inclusive classroom environments using film as a launchpad for discussion, advocacy and change in special education". And They Were Roommates was the first film of Part 1 of the festival.
First-Time Filmmaker Sessions
June 20th - 27th, 2020
This monthly film session is hosted by the Lift-Off Network. The purpose of the session was to share the works of emerging filmmakers. All 100+ films included in this virtual set come from filmmakers all over the world, cover a wide array of topics, and vary in style and type.
All links for this session are now deactivated.
Syracuse University Honors Program Thesis Showcase
And They Were Roommates: Navigating Inclusive Mentorship in Higher Education was shared as part of Syracuse University's Renée Crown Honors Program Thesis Showcase. Kylie's undergraduate honors thesis was created in conjunction with the film. Chapter 4 of the thesis provides a written version of topics that are dominant in the film.
The written thesis and information about the Renée Crown Honors Program can be found on the the program website site.
February 28th - 29th, 2020
This conference, hosted by Teachers College at Columbia University, aimed to provide unlearning and learning opportunities for professionals in the fields of Education and Psychology. The theme of the 37th conference was "Teaching to Transform: Mentoring & Supervision in Psychology and Education", with keynote speaker Lisa Delpit. A rough cut of the film was presented at the conference as an adapted paper presentation (under a different title, "The UnGuide to Inclusive Mentorship in Higher Education").