Reframe International Film Festival - January 23rd - 25th, 2015

How do you tell the story of someone who's in your family but doesn't have a voice to say whether or not they want that story told?

If you're filmmaker, Kirsten Johnson, who has a younger sister with Down Syndrome, Autism and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, you don't follow her around with a camera; in fact, you don't film her at all. Instead, you painstakingly hand-draw over a thousand drawings, you personally recreate distressing incidents from the past, you render over 20 pounds of frozen peas inedible and finally, you bring characters to life in imaginative scenarios that illuminate what's it's like to have someone in your life whose personal reality you can only begin to fathom.

the 21st Chromosome - the trailer from Kirsten Johnson on Vimeo.