I’m proud and excited to tell you that this year’s My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome) film is now ready for you to rent or buy ((DRUMROLL)) and you can even leave a lovely review for the film afterwards (that would be nice) all up on very professional and oh so sleek Vimeo on Demand, with it’s super quality, no ads and cleverness to view on any device! And all for the price of a cup of coffee. This year’s film is longer, about 45 minutes, edited on better editing programmes yay!
Just as My little Sister and I have grown a lot this last year, so has My Little Sister (who happens to have Down’s syndrome) Episode 8. It’s longer with more depth. It’s almost the length of all the previous seven episodes put together. It’s hard to believe that I started making the My Little Sister…series when I was 8, and have been following our lives through film for four years now. Winning the National Youth Film Festival Award last year with all the media attention was great at bringing the series to wider audiences and now the films are available on a professional platform and easy to download, I hope to reach wider and wider audiences, so if you love them please write a review, share them and spread the word.
I’ve put the first seven episodes from 2010-2013 altogether as a set to rent or buy on Vimeo On Demand too. So, you will never have to miss an episode or see any in the wrong order again, or get your head around the way I’ve used different number systems each time! And there’s a trailer for that too! Aren’t I getting tidy!
Here’s the first seven episodes!
AND lots of teachers, group leaders, organisations, charities ask me about using the films to explain visually what can’t be said in words, promote discussion and blow away any stereotypes about Down’s syndrome. SO the films are copyrighted for home use only BUT you can contact me through this website to purchase a public screening license for groups, educational purposes, schools, trainings, or for any other gathering where you would like to show the films. AND, even more fun is that you can book us to come and talk about the films in relation to Down’s syndrome, or home education, or both when you screen them too! How groovy is that, for us and for you!
Love the music?
So let me introduce you to the funky musicians and bands who’ve added their artistry to the film. And we all know that nothing comes close to hearing live music SO as well as buying their CD’s go to their gigs.
Huge THANK YOUS to the musicians that have made this latest film brilliant. Firstly the rip roaring tracks you hear scattered throughout are by Inkpot a daredevil smashing dazzling band that I met at Foolhardy circus camp where they were playing live for the show. Check them out, pure whisk you along genius entertainment.
And Kate Rusby, the beautiful singer from Barnsley and her band. We love her music and if you get the chance to hear her live, just go. Magdalena and I have been singing and dancing to her songs since we were little, especially Awkward Annie…and we’ve even bought her songbooks so we can (try) and learn the chords and sing along. So let me explain the story. Now I know more about copyright, I try hard to not have commercial music playing in the background when I’m filming as it is impossible to separate it from speech and often have to delete scenes I want to use because of copyright issues and the cost of obtaining the rights. When you are shooting fly-on-the-wall documentaries that’s pretty hard to make sure there’s no copyrighted music on. Anyway, this was the case with the scene with Magdalena watering her seeds and watching them grow, which is a series of clips shot at different times, one of these clips has Kate Rusby singing in the background. I wrote to her record company explaining everything and the very next day Joy from Pure records wrote back saying that Kate was happy for me to use her music and said what fabulous filming it was and wished me great success. Now isn’t that kind, and supportive and just lovely, really really lovely.
The talented Abi Foster is a fabulous singer who comes from near here too, she is only five years older than me and I love her voice, she writes all her own songs and she asked me to make music videos for her. Well, her song ‘Happy Ever After’ is just perfect for the end credits. Go check her out and buy her CD ‘Scarlet Rain’
I also want to acknowledge the late Judith Scott , whose meditative art we love, for inspiring us in our making of our wrap around the tree stumps woodland art in the film. Also thank you to my lovely patient piano teacher, Judith Brennan where my little sister has always sat listening to me since she was a baby. Thank you to my big sister Isabella for doing the incidental music and being a great big sister to me and Magdalena-yes I am the middle sister! Thanks to my Dad for helping with every technical problem imaginable and to Mum for managing everything and making me complete projects and for asking me questions to get me to think closely and choose just how it will be. And most of all, thank you to all of you for supporting me through contacting me, writing comments, spreading the word and donating to agnieszkaproductions filmfund, Thank you!
ooooh I nearly forgot-I was interviewed with my mum for a feature in a magazine a few weeks ago and by complete coincidence the issue is published today, on the 21st October! It’s in Reveal magazine. You can see the article online here. They sent a great photographer round to get the photos they wanted, check out her website. Nicolette Wells
In case you’re new to watching the series, here is a little introduction for you, an article that I wrote last year when I was asked how it all began.
So, I know that’s a really long post, and if you’ve read this far thank you! I do love to get your comments so please leave a message below or contact me through the contact page…oh and I’m still looking for a super duper web designer to get this website sorted, ’cause yes I know its really really slow…any offers?