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MT film project features people with developmental disabilities

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“Six roommates, one common thread—a disability diagnosis. Yet what they bring to life is so much more.”

Paxson: A Home in Common is a documentary that will provide a glimpse into the lives of Kevin, Mark, and Forrest—ranging in ages from 27 to 79—and their roommates at the Paxson Group Home in Missoula, MT. That is, if the project gets funded.

Local filmmakers Jacob Boelman and Keenan Goodman have partnered to create the documentary, and launched a Kickstarter to support its completion. The all-or-nothing campaign ends August 26th.

“I want to avoid a sense of less than, that they have problems we need to solve. I want it to show their real, everyday struggles and joys so they can provide perspective on what it’s like to live with intellectual and physical disabilities,”

said Boelman, who is directing the film and has worked as a Direct Support Professional in the Paxson Group Home with these men for nine years.

“Just like anyone’s life, it’s not all glory and it’s not all tragedy. They have insights to share.”

The cinematography is in the capable hands of Goodman. Goodman was an intern for Alex and Andrew Smith’s  Montana hunting drama, Walking Out, which premiered at Sundance and was recently acquired by IFC. Goodman explained one technique he’s using for Paxson: A Home in Common:

“I’m filming at the characters’ level instead of filming down on them, which creates a visual perspective in line with the neutral lens through which we are trying to share their story.”

How can I engage with A Home in Common?

You can watch the trailer and support their Kickstarter.

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