Springboard Foundation Film Festival
December 1, 2020
7pm-9pm EST, The Springboard
Foundation is hosting the first Ever Springboard
Foundation Film Festival with director Carl Hansen. The fundraiser proceeds will benefit scholarship
Carl Hansen is an award-winning filmmaker and Emmy-winning producer who has been involved in various
capacities with many successful unscripted and variety series. He won a Sports Emmy award for his
involvement in “100,000 Cameras: Ohio State at Michigan” (Fox Sports) and was previously nominated for
“89 Blocks” (FOX Sports). As a Co-Executive Producer, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for "Shark
Tank" (ABC). He was Supervising Producer on the critically-lauded and award-winning docu-series "Boston
Med" (ABC News) where he was instrumental in coverage of the 2nd partial-face transplant in the U.S. and
which led to many people signing up as organ donors for the first time. He is currently the director of
production for Fox Sports Films. Carl is also an acclaimed timed-short filmmaker - producing and
directing films from conception to completion in very strict timeframes with his team, Cultural
Detritus. Their work has played at multiple film festivals around the globe where they have won a number
The First Annual Springboard Foundation Film Festival will highlight the finalist of the 7th annual
Easterseals Disability Short-Film Challenge. The Easterseals Disability Short-Film Challenge is an
annual film-making contest, open to all; the challenge provides a platform for new voices in the
entertainment industry. The challenge gives filmmakers the opportunity to tell unique stories that
showcase disability in its many forms through innovative film-making.
|Title (listed in alphabetical order)
||A short documentary chronicling Danny J. Gomez's journey from surviving Hurricane
Katrina and a life-altering accident to becoming a professional actor.
||This is the story of Áine a magical, feisty young girl with Down syndrome.
||This project portrays the behind the scenes impact that autism has on my filming and
filming has on my life.
||Ashley Eakin has defied expectations having experienced over 28 surgeries and cancer,
while also having a 10+ year career in entertainment.
||With meetings, hangouts, and classes happening virtually, Santina is experiencing
something new: Choosing when (or if) to disclose her disability.
|How Much Am I Worth?
||This documentary explores the failings of the U.S. health system through the lens of
four women with disabilities.
||As he faces his recent adult ADHD diagnosis, Cory embarks on a quest to learn how
several friends with disabilities continue to cope and how their journeys might impact
||A peek into some of the ways in which Patrick Ivison and many others with disabilities
must navigate the financial implications of living freely while needing physical care.
|Natalie's Point of View
||Natalie Trevonne describes her life path as a passionate dancer who gradually lost her
sight during her youth.
|The Fish Don't Care if it Rains
||With humor and heart, autistic artist Jen Msumba demonstrates what the simple life of a
fish can teach us about accepting our circumstances.
|Voices from the Invisible
||The story of a young woman who has gone through every treatment for her mental health
|Waddle I Do Without You?
A penguin is left heartbroken after the destruction of a snowman, prompting their
penguin friend to try and cheer them up.