Intelligent Lives

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October 16, 2019
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Join us for a screening of "Intelligent Lives". The film stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities. Micah, Naieer and Naomie challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Chris Cooper narrates and shares the personal story of his son Jesse.

We will be joined live during the screening along with film creator Dan Habib, Executive Producer Marianne Leone and narrator and Executive Producer Chris Cooper. RSVP now to hold your spot.

The national broadcast of "Intelligent Lives" on WORLD Channel is made possible by Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation, SAP, and Agilent Technologies Foundation.

Our partners on this online screening event are Special Olympics Unified Champion Schools, American Federation of Teachers, and Think College.

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INTELLIGENT LIVES with OPEN CAPTIONS

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.

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    Dan Habib, Director

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    Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS and many other films on disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. He has recently released his new documentary, Intelligent Lives, which examines our society's narrow perceptions of intelligence. The Intelligent Lives project also contains four short films focusing on effective practices in transition for youth with disabilities from high school to higher education and employment. Habib received the Champion of Human and Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association and the Justice for All Grassroots Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities. In 2014, Habib was appointed by President Barack Obama to thePresident’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Habib and his wife, Betsy, live in Concord, NH, with their sons Isaiah, 22, and Samuel, 19.

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    Chris Cooper, Narrator/Executive Producer

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    Chris Cooper won the 2003 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his role inAdaptation. He has been an actor on stage, screen, and television for three decades, with notable roles in Lone Star, American Beauty, Seabiscuit, The Bourne Identity, October Sky, August Osage County, Lonesome Dove, and dozens of other films. In 1987, Cooper and his wife Marianne Leone had their son Jesse, who had cerebral palsy and epilepsy. They became advocates for inclusive education, and Jesse became a high school honor student. In 2005, Jesse died suddenly from a seizure at age 17. Cooper worked tirelessly donating his time working on the film.

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    Marianne Leone, Executive Producer

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    Marianne Leone is an actress who appeared in The Sopranos, a screenwriter, an essayist published in The Boston Globe, and author of the 2010 book, Jesse: AMother’s Story. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, actor Chris Cooper and two rescue dogs. The Jesse Cooper Foundation funds inclusion and adapted sports for children with special needs, and supports disabled orphans in Romania.

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