Evan Sneider is an actor with Down syndrome who was in the red chair last season to talk about 'Girlfriend', the acclaimed drama in which he made his feature film acting debut. 'Girlfriend', which comes out on DVD today, premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, and it won Best U.S. Feature at the Mill Valley Film Festival and an Audience Award at the Gotham Independent Film Awards.
Evan stars as a young man with Down syndrome who lives with his mother (played by Amanda Plummer) in a small, working-class town. When he unexpectedly comes into a large amount of money, Evan uses it to try to woo a young mother played by Shannon Woodward. She's still entangled in a relationship with her abusive ex-boyfriend. Check out the trailer below:
Director Justin Lerner has been friends with Evan for years - they went to high school together - and he says the idea for the movie came to him one day in 2008 when he was visiting his parents in Wayland, Massachusetts and Evan called him. "If I could build a film around Evan wherein he could simply be the person I have known for fifteen years - a compassionate, empathetic young man with Down syndrome, possessing a surprising charm and disarming sense of humor - I knew that a story about his life would resonate with viewers", Lerner said.
The film currently has a 99 percent Audience Rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is available to buy at Amazon, or for rental on iTunes, Netflix and VOD.
Here's Evan's red chair interview:
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