Project Name: Sisters
Collaborators: Katie Atkinson, Clayton Smith, Lucas Medina
Production name: Bright Side Productions
Overview: This documentary is about the challenges and rewards of having a sister with Cerebral Palsy.
Intended Audience: As pat an answer as it may be, this film has lots that will appeal to different age and interest groups. The topic of the film may be about one specific family, but the themes of the film speak to a larger demographic.
Objective of Film: We want our audience to watch our film and take from it a greater appreciation for the things we take for granted in our day-to-day lives. Hopefully it will broaden our viewers’ perspectives on their own lives and lead them to a greater understanding of people with experiences very far removed from their own.
SoundTrack: In our documentary, the audio will include dialog from interviews, as well as background dialog accompanied by Jenny and the noises she uses to express herself. The music will include subtle, ambient-style instrumentals that will enhance the mood of the piece without distracting from the dialog and storyline.
“It changes your life to be a big sister. I was about two and a half when my sister Jenny was born. It took about six months for the doctors to confirm that something was wrong. Jenny has spastic quadriplegia and Cerebral Palsy. She’s unable to walk or talk and she eats via a gastronomy tube. She communicates via basic hand gestures: palm curled in, up and down for yes, side to side for no. Despite her limitations, Jenny’s taught me so much about appreciating life and not taking things for granted.”
Our film is about what it’s like to grow up with a disabled sibling and the toil it can take on a family. Jenny Atkinson was born with Cerebral Palsy. We explore this unique perspective through Katie Atkinson, Jenny’s older sister.
Our documentary shares the light she brings by taking viewers on a journey through a day in her life, from waking up early in the morning to catch her AC/transit bus to scrap booking pictures of her many celebrity boyfriends with her nurses. We will be obtaining interviews with her parents to get different take on Jenny and gain insight on an average day with her.
Other interviews will include those from Katie to shed light on what it’s like to grow up with a disabled sister. We’ll cover how it’s affected the family and how it’s changed their lives, and their perspectives on life. Most of our footage will be from archival photographs and audio/video interviews filmed at Jenny’s home. We also have B-roll of Jenny at home interacting with her family and nurses.
The end of our film will be a bittersweet reminder of the value of love, laughter and family.