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Film Festival & Conference Screenings
The European State-Of-The-Art (ESOTA) Congress
October 27th & 28th, 2022
The 2022 conference on "Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities" will be held in Salzburg, Austria. The ESOTA lists five goals:
"Exchange of experience and research results to increase the access of persons with ID to IPSE programmes throughout Europe"
"Focus on developing fully inclusive programmes for persons with ID in current and future IPSE programmes"
"Exchange of knowledge on instruction for IPSE staff and student volunteers to improve their understanding of strategies promoting inclusion and self-determination for persons with ID"
"Develop and disseminate quality indicators for IPSE programmes to colleges and universities throughout Europe"
"Bring together staff and students with and without disabilities"
And They Were Roommates will be shown as a keynote address, followed by a Q&A with Kylie Walter, Olivia Baist, Christy Ashby, and Beth Myers.
April 2nd, 2022
The YouFilmFest at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. focuses on "Films About You. Films For you. Films By You". A short version of the film was included in the first block of films, followed by a Q&A with filmmakers.
The short version of And They Were Roommates was screened at this festival.
WIPE International Film Festival
November 19th - 20th, 2021
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 pride in being a laidback, non-professional festival, where all people have an audience. Due to COVID_19, the 5th edition of the festival was held virtually in October of 2020 and rescheduled for fall 2021 in-person in Berlin, Germany.
September 29th, October 27th, November 4th, 2021, December 9th, 2021
"Assim vivemos" translates from Portuguese to English as "so we live". Brazil's International Disability Film festival took 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 offered audio descriptions and closed captions for all films. And They Were Roommates was included in the "Collaborative Partnership" theme.
Different Choices 2021
October 26th - 30th, 2021
Different Choices 2021 was a free "virtual college & career transition conversation series fo students with IEPs, 504s and mental health challenges". The short films included in the 4-day event was in partnership with the Astoria Film Festival.
October 29th, 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 was hosted by the Center on Disability and Inclusion and included 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 took place 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 was be available throughout the month.
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.
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").