One World Library Program Thursday

May 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Zeno Mountain Farm is beloved locally for its spirited Fourth of July Parade spectacle, its ebullient summer musical, and its joyful community integrating people with and without disabilities. This integrated community also makes films.

To explore Zeno’s philosophy and enjoy a delightful film experience, the public is cordially invited to “Zeno Mountain Farm: Inclusion in Filmmaking” on Thursday, May 9 at HOLLEY HALL from 7:00-8:30 pm. PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL PROGRAM LOCATION AT HOLLEY HALL.

The program will include Zeno’s 30-minute film Bulletproof as well as a short sizzler for The Homecoming, a feature-length Zeno-produced film to be released in September 2019. Following the screenings, a panel of Zeno community members will offer a brief presentation, and the audience will be engaged in a conversation about inclusion in filmmaking. Time will be available for questioning the panel.

Zeno Mountain Farm is a Lincoln-based nonprofit whose goal is to ensure that people from marginalized groups have access to a community in which they are valued, con-tributing members. Zeno runs camps and retreats throughout the year for people with disabilities and other marginalized communities.

Zeno’s annual filmmaking camp, which has been running for over fifteen years, includes a fully integrated cast and crew. Disabled individuals comprise 20% of the United States population but represent less than 2% of people seen in media, television and movies. Zeno’s 2012 film Bulletproof received increased exposure after the 2014 documentary Becoming Bulletproof explored its backstory. Becoming Bulletproof toured national and international film festivals and debuted on Showtime. Homecoming is the first feature-length film ever created with 50% disabled talent. Filmed in Lincoln and Bristol, townspeople were invited to join the cast as extras.

This event is sponsored by One World Library Project. It is free and handicapped accessible. The Deaf community is encouraged to attend, as there will be an ASL interpreter, and the films are captioned.

A brief presentation after the film will be followed by a Q&A with the audience. Presenters will include Zeno community members Ila Halby, Hannah Gallivan and Krista Siringo.

Ila Halby is an occupational therapist and the co-founder and co-director of Zeno Mountain Farm. She has created and led integrated programs for the disabled community at Zeno for 19 years.

Hannah Gallivan is a 7th grader at Mt Abe Union Middle School, a Zeno participant, and a disabled advocate. She is active in theater, chorus, and Community Council at Mount Abe.

Krista Siringo is a Zeno parent and disability advocate. She is a Bristol representative to the Mount Abraham Unified School Board and is also an active volunteer at the elementary school.

For more information about this event or One World Library Project, contact the Lawrence Memorial Library at 453-2366 or go to or the One World Library page on Facebook.