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I AM not disABLEd


Fresh Films is producing its newest documentary, I AM not disABLEd, which will follow the stories of youth with disabilities as they perform in the Penguin Project. The documentary will raise awareness, understanding and empathy of those challenged with mental health, developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities as it showcases at film festivals, on TV and streaming platforms and in schools. We hope you’ll want to be part of this unique production! Teens can apply to be film and editing apprentices for the multi-month production running November - April. No filmmaking experience is required and the program is free!

The Details:

Apprenticeship days will take place on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays throughout the months of November-April, so you need to be available one or both of these days of the week. You’ll be part of a real working film crew telling the stories of your subjects. This means some shoot days outside of the normal Wednesday and Saturday schedule will arise as well, and you’ll get on the crew for these days based on your availability.

Tech training for our fall session will begin in early November. Participants will learn how to interview, film and edit using professional gear.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. Our fall program is full, but you may apply now for our spring session! Filmmaking experience is not required and the program is free!


Have more questions? See our FAQS or reach out to iamable@freshfilms.org

The I AM not disABLEd documentary project is made possible thanks to Augustana College, Regional Development Authority, Rock Island Community Foundation, Doris & Victor Day Foundation, Rauch Family Foundation, Murray Foundation and Jaycees.