Success Stories

Sofiya Cheyenne


Sofiya Cheyenne is a long-time challenge participant, who submitted her own project for the first time in 2018. Renowned writer-director Peter Farrelly viewed all of the 2018 film challenge shorts to find the right actress for an upcoming role in his TV show, “Loudermilk.” After auditioning multiple actresses, Peter and his brother Bobby — who also serves [...]

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Rachel Handler


Rachel Handler is an annual Easterseals Disability Film Challenge participant from New York. Following her ‘Best Actor’ win in the inaugural film challenge, Rachel has been a finalist across numerous categories. Rachel submitted her 2018 film challenge short, “Committed”, to the 5th edition of the AT&T Film Awards, where she won the Underrepresented Filmmaker Award and a [...]

Rachel Handler2019-08-12T14:09:45-07:00

Jamie Brewer


Jamie Brewer was recognized as ‘Best Actor’ in the 2017 Film Challenge. The film she appeared in, “Whitney’s Wedding,” has screened in many film festivals internationally, and Jamie recently attended the South Dakota Film Fest where the film received rave reviews and fans were pleased to get the opportunity to meet and take photos with her. [...]

Jamie Brewer2019-08-12T14:05:01-07:00

Dickie Hearts


Dickie Hearts, a deaf filmmaker, won “Best Filmmaker Award” for his 2015 Film Challenge submission, “Passengers.” He went on to win the HBO Project Greenlight Digital Series Competition, as well as the AT&T Entertainment Project held at Warner Bros. Studio where he received a $20,000 prize.

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John Lawson


John Lawson’s “Whitney’s Wedding” earned the 2017 “Best Actress Award,” starring Jamie Brewer. This comedic love story has gone on to win “Best Film Award” at the Focus on Ability Film Festival in Sydney, Australia.

John Lawson2019-08-12T14:05:47-07:00

David Harrell


David Harrell won “Best Film Award” for “Lefty and Loosey” at the 2016 Film Challenge. It has since been entered in numerous film festivals, including the New York Reel Abilities Festival and the Focus on Ability Festival in Sydney, Australia, where David won the “Best Actor Award.”

David Harrell2019-08-12T14:06:05-07:00

Jenna Kanell


Jenna Kanell won the 2015 Film Challenge’s “Best Film Award” for a film inspired by her brother who lives with Autism. “Bumblebees” has since played at more than 80 film festivals around the world, and was a “Judges’ Choice Winner” at the Focus on Ability Festival in Sydney, Australia. Jenna developed a popular TED talk about [...]

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