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Media Coverage

Why Hollywood’s reluctance to welcome disability shuts out a lot of fresh talent and stories
LA Times, 11/2/2019

Inclusion & Representation Matters
PR Week, 9/26/2019

‘Bionic Actress’ goes viral for ‘Star Wars’ cosplay complete with lightsaber arm
Yahoo Finance/Style, 7/29/2019

Indy Shorts puts spotlight on short films
Daily Journal, 7/24/2019

Exclusive Photos: Rachel Miner, Shoshannah Stern and More at the DisSDCC Panel
Nerds and Beyond, 7/20/2019

Steven Shaw, ASC Supports Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Project
The American Society of Cinematograhers, 6/24/2019

Art House Productions Presents June JC Fridays – Access Edition on June 7th
New Jersey Stage, 5/24/2019

Beverly Native wins Best Director in film challenge
Beverly Citizen, 5/21/2019

How To Write A Film For A 2-Day Competition (And Win!)
FilmCourage.com, 5/19/2019

How To Write A Film For A 2-Day Competition (And Win!)
Film Closings, 5/19/2019

Walt Jr. Reveals He Is Not Being Included In The Upcoming ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie, Sounds Torn Up About It
Bro Bible, 5/13/2019

Walt Jr. Reveals He Is Not Being Included In The Upcoming ˜Breaking Bad” Movie, Sounds Torn Up About It
viralfeels.com, 5/13/2019

Live From Lincoln Center
WFYI (PBS), 5/13/2019

Breaking Bad: RJ Mitte will not appear in the film
badtv.it, 5/12/2019

Our Easterseals Disability Film Challenge win!! (My first)
Where’s Waldman (Podcast), 5/11/2019

Watch ‘Parents, Inc.,’ Winner of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge (Video)
Yahoo Entertainment, 5/11/2019

The Unshrinkable Riley Weinstein
Santa Clarita Gazette, 5/10/2019

Watch ‘Parents, Inc.,’ Winner of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge (Video)
Gossip Bucket, 5/10/2019

Watch ‘Parents, Inc.,’ Winner of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge (Video)
The Wrap , 5/10/2019

Phil Lord and Chris Miller Support the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
The Hollywood Reporter (Online edition), 5/10/2019

‘Parents Inc.’ Wins Top Prize at Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
Windstream, 5/10/2019

‘Parents Inc.’ Wins Top Prize at Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
News Need News, 5/10/2019

‘Parents Inc.’ Wins Top Prize at Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
Long Room, 5/10/2019

‘Parents Inc.’ Wins Top Prize at Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
News in Movies, 5/10/2019

‘Parents Inc.’ Wins Top Prize at Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
Sortiwa, 5/10/2019

‘Parents Inc.’ Wins Top Prize at Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
SF Gate, 5/10/2019

‘Parents Inc.’ Wins Top Prize at Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
The Telegraph, 5/10/2019

‘Parents Inc.’ Wins Top Prize at Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
Tribune Content Agency , 5/10/2019

‘Parents Inc.’ Wins Top Prize at Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
Yahoo Entertainment, 5/10/2019

‘Parents Inc.’ Wins Top Prize at Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
Variety (Online edition), 5/10/2019

Easterseals Film Challenge Changes Perceptions About
newmoviereleasesdvd.loginby.com, 5/7/2019

RJ Mitte Says There’s a ‘Time and Place’ for Able-Bodied Actors to Play Characters With Disabilities
Yahoo Entertainment, 5/6/2019

RJ Mitte Says There’s a ‘Time and Place’ for Able-Bodied Actors to Play Characters With Disabilities
The Wrap, 5/6/2019

RJ Mitte Says He’s Not in the ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie, but He Has an Idea for Walt Jr
Yahoo News, 5/6/2019

RJ Mitte Says He’s Not in the ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie, but He Has an Idea for Walt Jr
The Wrap, 5/6/2019

Easterseals Film Challenge Sets Out to Change Perceptions About People With Disabilities
The Wrap, 5/6/2019

Easterseals Film Challenge Sets Out to Change Perceptions About People With Disabilities
Yahoo Entertainment, 5/6/2019

Easterseals Film Challenge Sets Out to Change Perceptions About People With Disabilities
SF Gate, 5/6/2019

Adobe Helps Sponsor the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
NYC Production & Post News, 5/1/2019

Finalists for the Easterseals Disability Challenge announced at NB Film Festival
Stu News Newport, 4/30/2019

“Sheepdog” at South Coast Rep, Silkroad Ensemble at SCFTA and more
Jordan R. Young Blog, 4/27/2019

Newport Beach Film Festival 2019: SoCal’s Center for Cinema Celebration Turns the Big 2-0 This Year
Movie Maker, 4/26/2019

‘This Close’ Team Partners with Easterseals to Create Hollywood ‘Pipeline’ for People with Disabilities
mysanantonio.com, 4/25/2019

Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, RJ Mitte Urge for More Disability Representation in Hollywood
The Hollywood Reporter (Online edition), 4/25/2019

Inside Easterseals’ Disability Film Challenge
CNN Entertainment, 4/25/2019

McKenzie Westmore Reveals That She Has Tourette Syndrome: ‘I Was Afraid it Would Hurt My Career’
Yahoo Entertainment, 4/24/2019

Actress McKenzie Westmore Opens Up About Tourette’s Syndrome
Canada Pressit, 4/24/2019

McKenzie Westmore Zeigt, Dass Sie Tourette-Syndrome: ‚ich hatte Angst, es Würde Weh, Meine Karriere”
Starnews, 4/24/2019

McKenzie Westmore Reveals That She Has Tourette Syndrome: ‘I Was Afraid it Would Hurt My Career’
People (Online edition), 4/24/2019

Actress McKenzie Westmore Opens Up About Tourette’s Syndrome
ET Canada, 4/24/2019

Halifax filmmaker creating time travel fable on tight timeline
The Chronicle Herald, 4/22/2019

Bionic actress from Slidell celebrates diversity in the film industry
WGNO (ABC) Online, 4/22/2019

Challenging Ableism: Native Houstonian Enters Short Film Competition
The Buzz Magazines, 4/22/2019

Good Morning New Orleans
WGNO (ABC), 4/22/2019

INTERVIEW WITH CORY REEDER
The Negatives, 4/20/2019

McKenzie Westmore post
Twitter, 4/19/2019

SOAP VET PATRIKA DARBO TALKS NEW FILM
Soap Opera Digest, 4/18/2019

INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR, DIANA ELIZABETH JORDAN
The Negatives, 4/18/2019

HR Latte: Inclusion of the DisABLED in Media with Film Producer Cory Reeder
intrepid.media, 4/18/2019

Peppa Peg debuts a character with a disability
Love That Max: Special Needs Blog, 4/17/2019

This Short Film Explores Autism and Friendship
The Mighty, 4/15/2019

Disabled Film Directors: Interview with Diana Elizabeth Jordan
Disability Visibility Project, 4/15/2019

Tatiana Lee’s Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Entry Head Trip Challenges Virtual Reality Experiences
RespectAbility, 4/15/2019

Emily Kranking’s Directorial Debut Saylor and Selena Explores Relationship Between Friends, Including One with Autism
RespectAbility, 4/15/2019

I CAN Premieres Today As Part Of The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
Broadway World, 4/12/2019

How One Weekend Could Change Your Filmmaking Career… and Hollywood
Film Independent, 3/26/2019

Easterseals marks 100 years of commitment to the disability community
WUSA9.com (CBS) (Online edition), 3/26/2019

John Penotti and Phil Lord to Mentor 2019 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Winners
Broadway World, 3/25/2019

Industry Interview: NIC NOVICKI, founder/director of EASTERSEALS DISABILITY FILM CHALLENGE
SAGindie, 3/22/2019

FILMMAKING- FROM IDEA TO DISTRIBUTION- PANEL DISCUSSION
Do LA, 3/3/2019

In Case You Missed It…Disability Through a Brand New Lens
Women’s eNews, 2/27/2019

Summit and Panel Discussion Examines Disability Through a Brand New Lens
Broadway World, 2/26/2019

Meet Caley Versfelt of Tides of Kindness in Manhattan Beach
Voyage LA, 2/26/2019

Episode 51: Nic Novicki and The Easter Seals Disability Film Challenge
The Accessible Stall, 2/26/2019

Produce and Represent a World with Disabilities with Nic Novicki
Player FM, 2/24/2019

Ski Town Turned Hollywood: Sundance Making Film Festival More Accessible For Ind. With Disabilities
Utah Public Radio (Online edition), 2/12/2019

Danielle Perez Blog
The Danielle Perez, 1/24/2019

Press Releases

Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Announces 2023 Winners at Orange-Carpet Event at Sony Pictures Studios (Click to download PDF)

Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Celebrates 10 Years of Leadership and Advocacy for Diversity, Equity + Inclusion in
Entertainment

Celebrating a decade of leadership advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion in the entertainment industry, the 2023 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge opens for registration Jan. 21, with the competition to be held March 28 – April 2. Download Press Release PDF here.
Los Angeles, January 19, 2023

Easterseals Southern California Announces Winners of the 2022 Disability Film Challenge
“Mac & Cheese” Takes Home Best Film & Paul Raci, Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien, Albert Rutecki, Max Borenstein, Chris Miller, Blake Stadnik & Phil Lord among award show presenters
Los Angeles, May 6, 2022

Paul Raci, Rick Glassman, Sue Ann Pien, Albert Rutecki, Max Borenstein, Blake Stadnik, Ryan O’Connell, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, & more join the 2022 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Awards Ceremony
Event returns in person on Thursday, May 5th at Sony Pictures Studios’ Cary Grant Theater
Los Angeles, April 28, 2022

2022 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Officially Launched at Sundance Film Festival
Participants can register at DisabilityFilmChallenge.com through Monday, April 4
Los Angeles, Jan. 24, 2022

Easterseals Southern California Announces Winners of the 2021 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
“Dwarfo-psychosis” Takes Home Best Film and Best Director Prizes
Los Angeles, May 7, 2021

Easterseals Southern California and IMDbPro Collaborate to Support and Create Visibility for Entertainment Professionals in the Disability Community
Collaboration Includes Highlighting Winners of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge on IMDb and IMDbPro
Los Angeles, April 7, 2021

Michelle Buteau, Paul Raci, Ali Stroker, Matthew Jeffers, and More Join Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
Adobe, IMDbPro, WarnerMedia, and ViacomCBS to serve as presenting sponsors; Judges Include Jim LeBrecht, Lawrence Carter-Long, Kat Coiro, Jillian Mercado, Col Needham, Lolo Spencer, Stephanie Thomas, and More
Los Angeles, March 29, 2021

Easterseals Southern California Launches 2021 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
Now Accepting Submissions for the “Home Edition 2.0”; Judges Include Jim LeBrecht, Lawrence Carter-Long, Kat Coiro, Jillian Mercado, Col Needham, Lolo Spencer, Stephanie Thomas, and More
Los Angeles, February 18, 2021

Easterseals Announces Sundance Film Festival Programming, Partnership, Advancing Disability Representation in Entertainment–For The First Time Ever, Entire Festival Lineup Will Be Closed-Captioned
Festival will mark the launch of the 2021 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, and Easterseals in Entertainment Website and Resource Center
Los Angeles, Jan. 19. 2021

Winners Announced At A Star-Studded Awards Ceremony
Los Angeles, Aug. 14, 2020

Celebrated Actors & Filmmaker with Disabilities Team with Easterseals on Urgent COVID-19 Message
PSAs Encourage Everyone to #StayHomeSaveLives during coronavirus crisis
Los Angeles, April 15,2020

Easterseals Disability FIlm Challenge For 2020 Officially Launched at Sundance Film Festival
Participants can register at DisabilityFilmChallenge.com now through Friday, March 13th for regular deadline and Tuesday, March 31st for late registration.
Park City, Utah, January 25, 2020

Hollywood Radio and Television Society (HRTS) Unveils New Member Guide to TV Industry Programs That Promote Inclusion, Equality, and Representation
Guide Sponsored by Easterseals Disability Services Provides Information on Advancing Disability Inclusion; HRTS Member Companies and Other Organizations Promoting Inclusion and Diversity Included in the Guide
(Los Angeles – Oct. 24, 2019)

Entertainment Industry Unites for Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Awards to Honor Filmmakers Who Inspire Change
Winners of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Announced by Micah Fowler, Geri Jewell, CJ Jones, Ryan O’Connell, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller and More at Sony Pictures Studios
(Los Angeles – May 10, 2019) 

Finalists for the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Announced and Showcased at the Newport Beach Film Festival
Annual Film Challenge Celebrates Inclusion in the Entertainment Industry; Winners to be Announced May 9 at Sony Pictures Studios
(Newport Beach, Calif.April 29, 2019)

Television Academy Foundation Partners With Easterseals to Present the Power of TV: Representing Disability in Storytelling
April 24 Public Event to Focus on Disability Representation and Inclusion in Television
(NoHo Arts District, Calif.– April 10, 2019)

Registration Open for 2019 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge: A Force for Change, Disability Inclusion & Careers in Entertainment
Film Competition Takes Place April 5-7; Winners Announced at Red Carpet Ceremony at Sony Pictures Studios, on May 9
GLOBE NEWSWIRE
(Los Angeles Jan. 28, 2019)

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