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"At Pacific School, a group of students reaches skyward towards their dreams and at the same time deal with societal stereotype"s
Performers with Disabilities Information:
Mara Clancy: Cerebral Palsy and learning disabilities
Andrea Jennings: Spinal Cord Injury:
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndreaJennings_
Natalie Oden: Autism
Instagram: @theonecallednat
Twitter: @theonecallednat
Megan Clancy: Deaf
Instagram: @meganalayna

  • Andrea Jennings
    Director and Director of Photography
  • Andrea Jennings
  • Megan Clancy
  • Mara Clancy
  • Johnny Pappas
  • Mara Clancy
    Key Cast
    "Carla and Crystal"
  • Andrea Jennings
    Key Cast
  • Randy Vinneau
    Key Cast
    "News Anchor"
  • Megan Clancy
    Key Cast
  • Natalie Oden
    Key Cast
  • Art Peterson
  • Tyler Struck
    Sound Designer
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 12 seconds
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Andrea Jennings

Andrea Jennings, actress, consultant, public speaker, commissioner, and founder of Shifting Creative Paradigms Entertainment and Productions™, envisions a world where underrepresented individuals in music and media such as people with disabilities, will one day be depicted as strong leaders. She believes that the music, design, arts, and entertainment fields are influential arenas that can influence social change using multiple media platforms. Creating and producing inclusive and diverse content for television, film, theater, and music productions is the vision and goal of her production company.
Andrea has a Master of Music specializing in Music Business and Entertainment Industries and a BA in Integrated Marketing Communications and hopes to facilitate better opportunities by developing an adaptive curriculum involving music and the arts and educational events. Andrea serves as a panelist for music and film scholarship review committees and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) panels advocating for social justice through the lens of disability culture, film, music, and art. She is a sought-after keynote speaker for graduations and conferences. She is a guest client lecturer for the Neuro Rehabilitation class at California State University Los Angeles. She is the Vice-Chair of the Accessibility and Disability Commission for The City of Pasadena and a Founding Member of Recording Artists and Music Professionals with Disabilities (RAMPD). She also trains individuals and industry professionals to "level the playing field" by teaching them creative solutions to influence social change in the music, arts, fashion, entertainment, medical and design arenas.
Andrea Jennings experienced a major car accident at the top of her career, working for a worldwide top 5 advertising conglomerate. The accident left her with multiple life-changing injuries, affecting her ability to walk and work; however, her mother always taught her that
"Adversity builds character." After the accident, Andrea learned how to re-establish herself in a not-so-accessible, inclusive, and accommodating world with grace. She realized her purpose was to create equitable solutions for social change through her experience to help others. Andrea's artistic work has been featured at Park Avenue Armory, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Rutgers University's Jack Tchen exhibitions. Andrea's advocacy work has been recognized by Billboard Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and The New York Times.

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Director Statement

1 in 4 Americans identify as being disabled and disability intersects with all other demographics yet we are the one of the least represented in television and film. This is why I decided to join a team to support The Easterseals Film Challenge's goal and help create a mini-short film called Skyward and become the change I wish to see.

Our film features authentic disabled actors, It's women led and features a Black woman in a lead position as Director and Producer. This film features a myriad of different disabilities, disability communities, cultures and communication styles including ASL. The film highlights universally designed infrastructures, hybrid school models and equitable learning for all.
This year’s contest’s theme was Super Hero which is a bit tricky because this theme can fall into that trope that disabled people are for inspiration which we are not. We had to come from a sarcastic angle and have the characters do something unexpected that cancels that stereotype yet have a bit of fun at the same time. We hope you enjoy our film!