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Small-town Indiana parents Tom and Tina Felter and their 25-year-old daughter Emily, who happens to have Down syndrome, set out to educate first responders and the greater community about how to communicate with individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities in a presentation called “The Emily Talk.”

This is a fundraising sample I have put together. This sample introduces viewers to Emily, Tom, and Tina and shows some examples of how Emily interacts with the world around her. It also introduces The Emily Talks, which will be expanded upon greatly in the full film. Footage still needs to be professionally color-corrected and graded, sound mixed, and stabilized. Essentially, this six-minute sample is a brief entry into the Felters’ world and how they use that world to educate others, particularly first responders.

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Through video production, editing, and documentary filmmaking, I amplify the human experience by drawing out people's authentic, diverse stories. ​ While Midwestern through-and-through, I have worked with clients and told stories from across the country and in the United Kingdom and Palestine. I am a Nikon Storytellers Scholar, a selected participant in Adobe's Creator Camp, and a proud recipient of the Best International Director award at the Georgia Documentary Film Festival for my short documentary Forever A Champion. I use my experience with non-visible disabilities, including OCD and ADHD, to pursue my work with creativity, empathy, and curiosity. Because of these disabilities, I'm skilled at divergent thinking, attention to detail, and identifying the value in people. I'm committed to challenging stigma by proving that people with disabilities like mine are reliable, talented, and effective collaborators. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media from Valparaiso University and I participate in numerous professional organizations such as FWD-Doc, D-Word, Women in Media, International Documentary Association, and more. I am eager to bring value to meaningful storytelling pursuits through my technical and interpersonal skills. more...

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