Ethan Saylor was a young man who loved everything “good guy,” his family, his church, his music and movies. Shortly after his 26th birthday, he died on the floor of his local movie theater. The official cause was homicide by asphyxiation. The people responsible were three off-duty sheriff’s deputies moonlighting as mall security. After an internal investigation, the grand jury refused to press any criminal charges. For more about that fateful day in 2013 and the incredible advocacy work that has taken place since then, please visit The Road We’ve Shared, and/or plan to watch one of the films to be screened at our inaugural festival – Ethan’s Law.
This festival will celebrate Ethan’s love of movies, as well as the contributions that people who have Down syndrome make to the film industry as actors, creators, and interesting subjects/participants in documentary films.
The inaugural year of the festival commemorates what would have been Ethan’s 30th birthday.