About this film

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.

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WHEN + WHERE

5 p.m. Sat., April 30, Cinema Detroit

4 p.m. Sun., May 1, Birmingham 8 Powered by Emagine (Theater 2)

Available virtually

FILM CREDITS

Director:
Patrick Longstreth
 

Cinematographers:
Patrick Longstreth, Anne Longstreth, Chris Ryba
 

Editors:
Patrick Longstreth, Anne Longstreth, Elizabeth Kaiser
 

Composers:
Ramiro Ramirez, Christine Fink, Steve Nichols
 

Producers:
Patrick Longstreth, Anne Longstreth, Chad Faries
 

Country of origin:
United States
 

Year:
2021
 

Running time:
1 hour, 30 minutes
 

Film website

Festival highlights:
Fresh Coast Film Festival,  Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Social Change Film, Slamdance Film Festival 
 

Awards:
Best feature, Fresh Coast Film Festival 2021; Best documentary, Atlanta Underground Film 2021 Festival; Audience Award, Slamdance Film Festival 2022