• JORDAN'S CAKE

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    Made for the 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge - Finalist

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    Jordan is on the autism spectrum and struggles to communicate. When his family finds themselves in financial straights, Jordan becomes determined to share his solution and finds a way to become understood.

  • Oh Jordan! - An Autism Web Series

    We took Jordan's Cake and made it even better! It's now a web series with 7 episodes.

    The first episode is just under 5mins. So... what are you waiting for? Click below to meet Jordan and his family today!

  • CAST

    We bring characters to life from script to the screen.

    Sometimes disabilities are invisible.

    After watching the movie, can you tell which of our cast members are differently-abled?

    MIKKEL PALMER

    JORDAN

    Mikkel Palmer is an 11 year old actor with a rare condition called septo optic dysplasia. He is also blind in one eye and has limited sight in the other. This does not hamper his enthusiasm for video games, mathematics, soccer and all things robotic; subjects which helped him earn a scholarship to the prestigious Westminster School. When he isn't acting, Mikkel is taking top prize at science fairs, participating in spelling bees or happily playing with his puppy, Cheddar Vermicelli Palmer.

    JETTA STRAYHORNE

    JENNIFER

    Jetta Strayhorn is a 14 years old actor from Atlanta, GA. She is the oldest of three kids and enjoys reading, singing, playing guitar, and playing with her fur-nominal dog, Scooter!

    Stephen Juhl

    DAD (JOE)

    Stephen Juhl is an L.A.-based actor with a B.A. in Theatre from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He can be seen both on stage and behind the camera in projects ranging from full-on musicals to the occasional film. Recent L.A. credits include Proof Doubt Closer Theatre Company's production of "On the Twentieth Century" and the World Premiere "Murder, Murder, Murder..." through SkyPilot Theatre Company. In addition, he'll be directing for Hollywood Fringe Festival again this year.

    TIFFANY LYLE

    MOM (JANE)

    My name is Tiffany Lyle. I am a writer, producer and actress. I am originally from Washington,
    DC. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Florida A and M University. When I finished there I completed the one year acting for film program in Los Angeles. I have acted in theatrical productions such as Oklahoma, and Annie. I enjoy musical theater. I was a member of Bridge 17 writer’s studio and I have my own production company Olga Lyle Productions. I currently have several projects in development.

    BARBARA HAWKINS-SCOTT

    BAKERY MANAGER

    Barbara Hawkins has received critical acclaim for her roles as both actress and director for theatrical productions in New York, Atlanta, Ohio and Michigan. She has given voice to video game characters as well as produced and directed voice-over projects in more than 35 languages. This past year alone, Barbara has created a wide variety of character roles for film and television. She plays a Russian witch in Whistler's Mother, premiering this year. She's been seen on TV as cult leader, Bonnie Lu Nettles in the Heaven's Gate episode of Murder Made Me Famous and as a hospital desk nurse on The Gifted.

    KASHMIR

    SATCHEL-JARRETT

    UNCLE MAC

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  • Full Assignment for the 2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge

    GENRE: Buddy Comedy

    The films entered into the challenge must be in the genre of buddy comedy. Some examples include: "Pitch Perfect", "The Heat" "The Hang Over" "Turner and Hooch" "White Men Can't Jump" "Superbad" "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion" "Sideways" "The Trip" "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" "Hot Fuzz" "Men In Black" "Dumb and Dumber" "Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas" "Tommy Boy" "Step Brothers" "Some Like It Hot" "The Blues Brothers" "Planes Trains and Automobiles" "48 Hours" "Frozen" "How to Train Your Dragon" and “Twins”.

     

    SETTINGS:

    Your film does not have to take place exclusively within the locations below, but the main action of the film must take place in at least one of these settings:

     

    · an apartment/house

    · a recreational area, such as a park

    · a backyard

    · a garage

    · a warehouse

    · a storage room

     

    STORY ELEMENTS:

    Filmmakers must incorporate at least two of these items in their films.

    - a hat

    - coffee cup

    - watch or clock

    - glasses

    - a journal

    - keys

    - or a ring

     

    THEMES: Films must utilize one of the following themes:

     

    Theme Option 1: Rivalry
    Are you competing against someone in your life? Did someone new enter your life via work, school, your team, or group of friends? Is there a competition within your family? Do you find yourself teaming up with a friend, co-worker, partner or family member to achieve a goal or to stay relevant? How were you able to deal it? How did the people around you deal with it? This theme will explore competition.

     

    Theme Option 2: An Unlikely couple
    Do you find yourself suddenly paired up with someone who looks or acts different from you? Are you suddenly working in a new group? Are you a fish out of water? Do you have a new boss, or did you just become someone's boss?
    This theme will explore conflict that arises when you are forced to work or interact with someone new.

     

    Theme Option 3: Dynamic Duo
    Do you find yourself interacting with one person often? If so how are you the same and how are you different? This theme will explore how you are different from your partner and how these differences result in your success or failure.

     

    DURATION:All films must be between 3-5 minutes in length, not including the credits. If the addition of the credits puts the film over 5 minutes, that is acceptable, however films cannot exceed 6 minutes.

     

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE:All entries must be uploaded as downloadable Vimeo files and linked to FilmFreeway by 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Winners will be announced on or before Thursday, May 10, 2018.

  • CREW

    Together we make movies that matter.

    We use #InspireChange because we want to see people like ourselves portrayed by people like ourselves on screen. Inclusion and Diversity are so much more than black and white.

    Join the conversation by watcing and supporting films like JORDAN'S CAKE.

    SHANALYNA Cp

    Producer/Director

    An award winning director, Shanalyna aims to inspire and entertain with every project she produces and directs. As a theatre student at Swarthmore College in the 90's, she was drawn to plays because they were social calls to make the world a better place. It didn't matter if they were a comedy or a drama. Film and television can serve a similar purpose: to feed mind, body and soul. Making narratives that matter is a priority. The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge has been a wonderful platform to learn about diversity beyond race and inclusion beyond gender. #InspireChange.

     

    Shanalyna has worked in film and television for almost 19 years. Under the guidance of her mentor, H.H. Cooper, she's worked on the sets of Tyler Perry's House of Payne, The Walking Dead, The Sopranos and The Wire to name a few. She recently wrapped up work on the films The Darkest Minds and The Hate U Give, both slated to premiere the summer of 2018. This year, Shanalyna looks forward to directing more and is actively pursuing movies that matter.

    DON GREENE

    Cinematographer

    Don Greene is a new age digital filmmaker, specializing in visual esthetics and postproduction. Don finished his film studies at the Art Institutes of Atlanta and Philadelphia landing an internship at CNN. This internship, materialized into a career opportunity allowing Don to be a part of news making history for participation in Hurricane Katrina (Pea Body Award Winning Broadcast News Coverage) and the Tsunami in Sumatra (Du Pont Award for Tsunami Coverage). During his career at Turner Broadcasting Don has had the pleasure of working on shows such as Anderson Cooper 360,Nancy Grace, World Report, Inside Africa, CNN Heroes and Situation Room.


    As a Freelance Filmmaker, Don Greene (aka F-Stop Shutter Speed),has been directing and producing music videos and short films since 2005.Eventually landing his first film gig on Kevin Hart’s “ So What Now? Tour.” A Philadelphia native, Don brings the realness and the grit of his hometown to the screen.

    JAMES JOHNSON

    Editor

    James is a producer, editor, actor, who doesn’t like bios.  (smile)
    Spiritual Life Coach, Spiritual Film Advisor, & Casting Director. I am excited to be a part of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge because it inspires me to do more and be more. It is important to help and support each other.

    LORDIEL

    Casting Director /Spiritual Advisor

    Spiritual Life Coach, Spiritual Film Advisor, & Casting Director. I am excited to be a part of the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge because it inspires me to do more and be more. It is important to help and support each other. With the assistance of her spirit guides, Lordiel has casted and crewed several short films, including Miss Winn's Garden, Goldie, Limbo and now Jordan's Cake.

    Matthew Sargent is a South Carolina native who began playing the piano at the tender age of 7. Throughout his childhood years, he was involved in school bands and musical performances. He attended the Fine Arts Center, a school for musically gifted high school kids, as well as Brevard Music Center right after completing high school. He then completed a Bachelor of Music degree in film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Under the supervision of film/TV composer Michael Suby (best known for Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, The Butterfly Effect), Matthew also interned for the TV show, The Simple Life. He eventually relocated to Los Angeles where he had a successful career as a co-composer for various TV shows including the longstanding TV shows, TMZ and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He has since been involved in various independent film projects including a documentary for the well-regarded Atlanta History Museum. Matthew continues to compose for music libraries and independent TV/film projects. He's also active in community organizations that support music education programs and the performing arts.

    MATTHEW SARGENT

    Composer

    Matthew Sargent is a South Carolina native who began playing the piano at the tender age of 7. Throughout his childhood years, he was involved in school bands and musical performances. He attended the Fine Arts Center, a school for musically gifted high school kids, as well as Brevard Music Center right after completing high school. He then completed a Bachelor of Music degree in film scoring at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Under the supervision of film/TV composer Michael Suby (best known for Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, The Butterfly Effect), Matthew also interned for the TV show, The Simple Life. He eventually relocated to Los Angeles where he had a successful career as a co-composer for various TV shows including the longstanding TV shows, TMZ and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He has since been involved in various independent film projects including a documentary for the well-regarded Atlanta History Museum. Matthew continues to compose for music libraries and independent TV/film projects. He's also active in community organizations that support music education programs and the performing arts.

    CRYSTAL RAMOS

    Writing Team

    In May of 2017, Crystal graduated from Kennesaw State University with a MA in Professional Writing. Since then, she has been a finalist in the Content Creators of Atlanta screenplay competition and was also a finalist in another script contest for a short, web series comedy. She’s also a mom and struggles with a seizure disorder; she leaves it to you to decide which of these is the bigger challenge.

    SUNNYE BRATHWAITE

    Writing Team

    Sunnye Brathwaite is an Atlanta-based freelance writer who specializes in film, creative nonfiction, and oral-based dialogues. Because her first love is poetry, most of her work contains a lyrical element, including her debut "Goddess Girl" a short on self-love as seen through the lens of its courageous main character. Sunnye received her education from Columbia University in New York and a degree in English from Berkeley College. Additionally, she continued her course training in filmmaking and scriptwriting and has direct technical experience on sets. Her current project is a documentary feature set on American Beach, detailing Gullah culture in the South Georgia isles, both historical and current. She is a proud and active member of two collectives---The Atlanta Filmmakers Society and Storyversal.

    TIFFANY LYLE

    Writing Team

    My name is Tiffany Lyle. I am a writer, producer and actress. I am originally from Washington,
    DC. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Florida A and M University. When I finished there I completed the one year acting for film program in Los Angeles. I have acted in theatrical productions such as Oklahoma, and Annie. I enjoy musical theater. I was a member of Bridge 17 writer’s studio and I have my own production company Olga Lyle Productions. I currently have several projects in development.

    Aeric Adams

    Writing Team / Behind The Scenes

    Over 10 years in the Industry. A resume that includes the Hungar Games, Dynasty, Vampire Diariesm Black Panther and colleges such as The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. A non-linear editor with a post-production degree from UNC School of the Arts. Writer/Director. AERIC ADAMS is a filmmaker with a deep knowledge of film history.

     

    Whether its Music Videos, documentary, television shows, short film or feature presentations creating is his passion.

    JOE SPINOLA

    Writing Team

    Though Joe had a traumatic brain injury at an early age, he has used his wits and courage to reassure the rest of the world that he deserves a seat at the stakeholders table. Through the help of family, friends, and professionals he has built a life centered around community, contribution, education, family, and activism. Joe has been instrumental in breaking barriers showing the world what is possible if given a fair chance to add to the conversation. He has shared his talents with at-risk youth, counselors, felons, storytellers, students, teachers, veterans, and volunteers from across the nation.

    LINDA KING-MACK

    Writing Team / Publicity Specialist

    Linda King Mack is an internationally trained fashion designer, top performing Forever 21 store manager, wardrobe stylist, and skillful opera onal manager, who has branched into lm/ TV produc on. She is results-oriented, resourceful, and a passionate self-starter, bringing organiza on to the behind- the-scenes ac on of any produc on as a Wardrobe Stylist| Produc on Assistant.

    NELSON QUINONES

    Assistant Director

    Nelson Quinones, a Brooklyn native, has worked in the film industry for 20 years in TV, features, commercials, and industrials. He started his career while he was in high school, producing and presenting a Public Broadcast Television show. After college, he furthered his career in the industry through the Made in NY Production Assistant Training Program as a Production Assistant, later joining the Directors Guild of America Trainee Program and becoming an Assistant Director. He also has experience as Agency Producer having worked for ad agencies such as 360i and Grey Global in New York City. As a Georgia resident, he continues to be an asset to the productions he’s a part of.

    JAYE WYNN

    Boom Op/Sound Mixer

    Jaye Wynn, is a grammy winning sound recording engineer for her work on the “Bridging the Gap” track by rapper Nas. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and received her degree in Recording engineering from Georgia State University.

     

    Jaye has recently returned from South Korea where she’s been for over 6 years and has worked as director, producer and sound engineer on several independent shorts, web series and music video projects such as “Future Flu” & “The Ruling Hand”. Her credentials range from Korean movies and syndicated shows like SBS Star King, Arirang TV to independent projects like 48 hour film festivals and stage plays.

    ANTONIA PRATT

    Hairstylist

    Antoinia Pratt, with 20 years experience as a hairstylist, entered the world of film and television through the Georgia Film Academy. Favorite works include passion projects with the freedom to see an idea come to life. With fingerprints on about 20 films and television productions, the same fire continues to burn.

    ANGELETHA MAAJA

    Production Assistant

    Angeletha Maaja is a Biblical Counselor that loves to inspire people to live to the fullest that God created them to be. "If people work for a living, why do they work themselves to death?" (Toco from, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly). - smile -

    MARLO FLEURY

    Publicly Specialist

    Anne Delery McWhorter

    Disability Integration, Autism and Sensory Issues Consultant 

  • Interviews

    Take a look and enjoy!

    Producer Shanalyna Cp is interviewed by Brother Ed Umoja of Piton Intl Film Festival and talks about how Jordan's Cake was made.

    This is Part 2 of a 3 part interview.

    • Part 1: Advice to new filmmakers and how Shanalyna started working in the film business.
    • Part 2: The making of Jordan's Cake
    • Part 3: How Jordan's Cake become a web series and some discussion about acting and African Americans in film

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  • POSTER

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  • RESOURCES

    SPECIAL KNEADS & TREATS (BAKERY)

    BRIDGE 17 WRITERS' STUDIO

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