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Through different artistic outlets, watch Patrick break barriers outside the confines of his disability.
Through different artistic outlets, watch Patrick break barriers outside the confines of his disability.
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50% FUNDED!!! We have officially reached half of our goal! Thank you to everyone who has donated and supported us - only $2500 to go!

And a huge thank you to everyone who came out and bought fuzzy socks yesterday! You guys are helping us bring this project to life.

 

Patrick Duplin

Patrick Duplin is a 21-year-old with down syndrome and hypertonia. In his free time, Patrick plays baseball and basketball, dances in the Shared Ability Program, takes horseback riding lessons at Manes in Motion, plays the piano, and works at a nearby comic book store. Patrick tirelessly works to not let his disability define him.

Behind the Curtains is a documentary that aims to raise awareness about the lack of structure for disabled adults, while illustrating how they stay active in the community. Through different artistic outlets, watch Patrick break barriers outside the confines of his disability.

With your donations, we will be able to cover all production costs (equipment, editing, coloring, etc.), enter the documentary in film festivals, and travel to any locations needed. 

 

Mike Bonavita

Michael is a senior film major at Quinnipiac University from Hanson, Massachusetts and is the director of the documentary. For the past 3 years Michael has been a producer for Quinnipiac’s student television station, Q30 Television, and has won a Pinnacle award for Best Collegiate Sportscast for Q30’s sportscast, “Sports Paws” the past two years! Michael has also worked for ESPN, SNY and NESN and this past summer was a Digital Media Intern at NBCSports Philadelphia.

Casey Steinhardt

Casey has always had a niche for all aspects of filmmaking. From making iMovie music videos in her backyard to being the producer of her senior project, Casey is ecstatic to have come full-circle with her passion. Raised a Jersey girl, this summer she had the pleasure of interning at Bray Entertainment in Hoboken. Casey edited casting and demo reels to send to major television networks, like HGTV and the Food Network. She makes tons of promotional videos for her sorority, as well as makes all graphic and video-related content for Quinnipiac’s 10 hour dance marathon, QTHON. Casey is beyond ecstatic to be working on such an inspiring documentary.

 Alex Ehrlich

Meet our director of photography, Alex Ehrlich. Alex has been working in the professional video world since the age of 13 and has had a camera in his hand since before he could walk. Alex is currently a senior film, television and media arts major at Quinnipiac University. Creating life stories has always been a huge part of his life and is looking forward to his year ahead creating this important documentary. This past summer Alex worked with “PureWow,” an online publishing company, in New York City. He plans on working in NYC as soon as he graduates to pursue a career in short form video production.

Justin Gaccione

Justin is a am a Film, Television and Media Arts major with a history minor at Quinnipiac University. Although he was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut, he found himself down at High Point University in North Carolina for his first two undergraduate years. However, his love for film and the arts brought him back up to the northeast in search of a more established film program. He’s extremely excited at the opportunity to spread the word about an organization that really hits home. The Shared Ability Experience is a heartwarming program which aids in the development of young kids with disabilities through the medium of dance. Justin is eager to begin production and bring the group’s vision to life in the editing room.

 Ellis Einhorn

Ellis, a senior from Providence, Rhode Island, has always had a passion for digital journalism. His dedication grew from video production to journalism as he wrote for Quinnipiac's student-run newspaper and worked for the television station on a weekly basis. As a film major double minoring in english and journalism, he has spent the past three years focused on video production, copy-editing and writing in-depth stories. Ellis worked as a production intern at More Media in Los Angeles this past summer. His involvement in student media and time spent interning has evidently shaped him a stickler for detail as he has instilled a solid foundation with the ability to grow.

Risks and challenges

Since this is not a narrative film, we do not have a script for this project, thus making the production of this documentary quite unpredictable. However, we are extremely dedicated as a team to work around any obstacles that cross our path to tell this story as whole-heartedly as possible.

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