Jazmine Faries, a 32-year-old woman with Down syndrome, is obsessed with soap operas, Barbie dolls, and Matthew McConaughey. For the past five summers, her family has performed her original stage plays for a small audience in their town of Iron River in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The film follows the preparation for the sixth season, as family bonds between her brother, Chad, and her mother, Kate, are strengthened and put to the test by the mishaps and chaos of coordinating a production with limited resources. Along the way we see Jazmine’s personal struggle for independence, her yearning for a romantic partner, and how a single spark of creativity can spread joy throughout a community. Metro Detroit premiere.
AFTER THE FILM: The post-film discussion after both screenings will include members of the Faries family. The Saturday conversation will be led by Freep Film Festival’s artistic director Kathy Kieliszewski and the Sunday screening will be led by Rob St. Mary, local culture writer and radio journalist.