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Friday, April 20, 2012

Willowbrook The Film By Ross Cohen


In 1964, a young pediatrician begins his residency at Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, only to discover that the institution is conducting Army-funded experiments on developmentally disabled children. Based on true events, Willowbrook addresses the awful conditions in which people with developmental disabilities were warehoused and the controversial research experiments that took place in the 1960s

"Buddy's World" is proud to say that we helped fund
The Willowbrook Project at KickStarter!

 Our Credits in the film are to 
Rubinstein -Taybi Syndrome Children Everywhere

Watch the trailer 
[you can turn the music off at the bottom of this blog or not]

Box Office

Single tickets are now on sale! Check the Box Office for more details. Download a PDF of the 2012 Film Guide. Check our Maps page for directions to all venues:
Fri 4/20 6:00PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 1 Buy Tickets
Sat 4/21 11:59PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 1 Rush Tickets
Mon 4/23 2:30PM AMC Loews Village 7 - 3 Rush Tickets
Sat 4/28 12:15PM Clearview Cinemas Chelsea 6 Buy Tickets
Sun 4/29 7:30PM Tribeca Cinemas Theater 2 Buy Tickets

About The Director
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Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Ross moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to begin his MFA in Film Production at the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts. During his time at USC, Ross was awarded the Bill Mechanic Scholarship in 2008, the Tania Trepanier Scholarship in 2009 and in 2010 was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant to make Willowbrook.

His 16mm short film Last Day has screened at numerous film festivals around the world, including the Foyle Film Festival in Ireland, the Las Vegas Film Festival and the International Student Media Festival, where it won Best Short.

Ross produced a commercial for Cisco Systems featuring best selling author Tim Ferriss that gained the most online views in the 2009 Cisco Digital Cribs Contest and went on to win the Audience Choice Award. He has also directed numerous music videos including A Little Brighter for British singer/songwriter Pete Lawrie (Island Records).

In his spare time Ross enjoys playing his guitar, hiking the hills of Los Angeles and is currently writing a screenplay set in Liverpool in 1961 about original Beatles drummer Pete Best.

Get your copy of Willowbroook

 There  is still a considerable amount of money to be raised that they need to make dvds, enter the film into festivals, organize screenings and promote the movie. We need your help to make this possible. Any amount you can donate will tremendously help our efforts.

And if you donate $15 or more, they will send you a DVD copy of the movie!


Horrific Medical Testing at NYC School Exposed 
at Tribeca Film Festival 

MANHATTAN — A movie set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Friday exposes horrific medical tests that were conducted on mentally disabled children as recently as 40 years ago in Willowbrook State School, a former mental institution in Staten Island.

Read full article here: horrific-medical-testing

Recalling the horrors of Staten Island's 
Willowbrook State School

Published: Monday, April 02, 2012, 9:30 AM     Updated: Tuesday, April 03, 2012, 10:20 AM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- In a darkened room, the boy stares out a frost-covered window.
 Read full article here: recalling_willowbrooks_horrors

Gallery: Willowbrook State School 

SEE FULL gallery/willowbrook HERE

This postcard depicts the former Willowbrook State School, which is now home to the College of Staten Island.

Patients are left without medical care at the former 
Willowbrook State School in this photo from 1972.

A patient at the former Willowbrook State School packages 
screws as part of a money-making venture.

A patient is left to himself in a large room at the former Willowbrook State School in 1971, the same year the school was exposed for its conditions.

More about Willowbrook

A scene from Willowbrook: The Last Great Disgrace (1972)

Geraldo Rivera reporting from Willowbrook



If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, 
at least do not harm them.
Dalai Lama




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