Pacific Diversified Services is a nonprofit agency in Marin County,
California dedicated to assisting people with developmental disabilities to
become more accepted, contributing members of their community. Their focus is
on diversity and inclusion of all people. They helped Robin find her job at
Banana Republic and provide an on-site job coach to support her. They also
coordinate community activities for Robin such as going to movies, eating
out, volunteering and attending conferences.
Casa Allegra Community
Casa Allegra Community Services provides support to individuals with
disabilities in supported living. Supported Living is a concept that creates
opportunities for people to choose where they live, with whom they live and
how they lead their lives. Casa Allegra staffs the house where Robin lives in
Terra Linda and coordinates her travel schedule each week, budgets her
expenses and oversees her daily chores.
The people at Banana Republic's store and corporate offices have been very
supportive of both Robin's working there and of my efforts to capture her
life on film. Watch for upcoming footage of Robin's stocking work.
Special Olympics, Northern
Robin participates in bi-weekly gymnastics practice as well as semi-annual
regional meets. She has also won medals in swimming and volleyball. Watch for
her achievements on the vault, mat and balance beam in excerpts from FOCUS ON
Helpful Film Sites:
The best resource in the Bay Area for filmmaking. Publish Release Print
The best resource for video-making in the Bay Area.
A very useful resource for documentarians - publish the International
(a cinema term for 'point of view') is public television's annual
award-winning showcase for independent non-fiction films. Passionate,
powerful and poignant, P.O.V. films - regardless of their subjects - are
ultimately personal and unvarnished reportage on our lives.
The Independent Television Service (ITVS) brings to
local, national and international audiences high-quality, content-rich
programs created by a diverse body of independent producers. ITVS programs
take creative risks, explore complex issues, and express points of view
seldom seen on commercial or public television.
Women Make Movies
Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial,
non-profit media arts organization that facilitates the production,
promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by
and about women.
Media Rights / Media
Media Rights, a nonprofit
organization, helps media makers, educators, librarians, nonprofits, and
activists use documentaries to encourage action and inspire dialogue on
contemporary social issues.
Media that Matters is the
short film festival sponsored by Media Rights. The Festival brings
high-impact shorts and Take Action tools to audiences around the country
throughout the year. The Festival's film and video shorts, digital stories
and new media stream online, tour the country through community screenings
and appear on cable and satellite television channels as well.