RED BUTTON is a groundbreaking approach to storytelling where young documentary subjects turn the camera on themselves to break down the misconceptions, prejudices or stereotypes they face. Each episode focuses on one young person who gives us an unflinchingly honest portrayal of their life.

The storytellers are given smartphones, lightweight audio and camera gear and a one-on-one media production workshop to learn the basics of filmmaking. With guidance from professional filmmakers, they record all aspects of their lives from their own point of view.

The theme that connects the youth in season two of RED BUTTON is that most are dealing with a health condition that make their daily lives unique from their peers. Their episodes take us inside the world of teens living with differences, looking for representation and recognition. Their stories spark conversations about mental health, physical disabilities, inclusion and so much more. 

Because the youth are the directors of their own stories, they bring us into intimate, sensitive spaces that would normally be difficult to access with a traditional documentary crew. What they choose to film or to confess on camera is viscerally connected to how they’re feeling in the moment. Through the process of filming their own lives, these storytellers examine their own hearts.

The result is a combination of raw, unfiltered reality and sophisticated storytelling. Through these stories, RED BUTTON not only highlights personal struggles that can separate us, but also the commonalities that bring us together.

In season two of RED BUTTON we meet:

  • Jadine: a bright and motivated writer who uses a wheelchair attends an independence camp away from her parents to learn new skills for the first time
  • Taryn: an overachiever who wants to prove that having a facial difference will never stop her
  • Abbigail: a young caregiver to her twin brother Andrew; he lives with Tourette’s Syndrome and a mood disorder
  • Holly: an aspiring artist suffering from symptoms of psychosis chases an evasive medical diagnosis
  • Damion: a young man left with physical and emotional scars from childhood cancer treatment finds solace and friendship in a support dog.