Reelabilities Festival: GIRLFRIEND

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February 12, 2012
Showtimes (change daily)
Sunday, February 12 at 1pm

A moving drama about a young man with Down Syndrome whose sudden inheritance allows him to pursue the woman he has loved since high school

In Person: Writer/Director Justin Lerner & Star Evan Sneider

Members $9 / Public $13 (includes post-film reception)

Evan (Evan Sneider) is a young man with Down Syndrome who lives with his mother in a poor, working-class town hit hard by the recent economic recession.  When he unexpectedly comes into a large amount of money, Evan uses it to romantically pursue Candy (Shannon Woodward), a girl from town whom he has loved since high school. Candy, now a barely-employed single mom, is facing financial debt, possible eviction, and the inability to rid herself of Russ (Jackson Rathbone), her abusive and volatile ex-boyfriend.  In no position to turn down Evan’s offers of financial support, Candy hesitantly accepts his gifts, which causes the pair to enter a complicated emotional entanglement. When Russ catches on to Candy and Evan’s relationship, all three of them become intertwined in a complex triangle of secrets, jealousy and revenge.  Despite his many hardships and the seeming impossibility of Candy being able to return his love, Evan struggles to remain a resilient, pure embodiment of human compassion.

Learn more about the Reelabilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival