Acclaim and Screenings

Caregivers gather to celebrate Stuart's birthday.

Caregivers gather to celebrate Stuart’s birthday.


WINNER – International Health & Medical Media Award – the Freddie 2006

WINNER – Crystal Reel Award – Best Documentary – Florida Motion Picture & Television Association 2006

WINNER – Reno Film Festival 2005 – Best Documentary

Director’s Citation Black Maria Film Festival 2005


April 28, 2005 — first screening, University of Florida.

Florida ARC chapters 2005 – 2008

Black Maria Film Festival 2005

State of Nevada Legislature’s Committee on People with Disabilities November 2005

4th Western Regional Global Health Conference – Oregon – February 2006

Cinequest Viewers Voice online screenings 2006

Florida Film Festival 2006

Newport Beach International Film Festival 2006

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities national conference 2006

Picture This Film Festival 2007 (Canada)

Screenings throughout Florida 2005-2007 before advocacy and support groups for people with developmental disabilities including the Governor’s Florida Cafe May 2007.

San Diego Regional Center in California August 2007

Community Screenings available by contacting Mary Fallon


This is a very important documentary, but not easy to watch — it is grittier and tougher than any tough guy movie. See it if you are strong enough. Most Americans still think that if you have disabilities like this, you have the help you need. Most Americans are wrong.
Sue Swenson, executive director,
The ARC of the United States, 2006


The film is constructed to make the viewer want to stand up the minute it’s over and march off to Tallahassee to demand redress. In that sense, the doc’s brevity is in its favor. It scores its hits and gets out, leaving no room for the delusion that having watched it was involvement enough.
Steve Schneider, film critic,
Orlando Weekly March 23, 2006


24/7 follows two families at different stages of caregiving for their disabled children. The Holl’s are exhausted middle-aged parents caring for their teenaged disabled daughter while trying to raise her younger sister in as “normal” an environment as possible. The Kessler’s have had to fight for the right to care for their 45 year-old autistic son since he was a young man. Both families are emotionally, physically, and most importantly financially drained. This documentary follows their lives as they negotiate the bureaucracy that is social services and social security disability in order to raise their children in a compassionate and respectful home life. Read More of this review/recommendation
Recommended by Educational Media Reviews Online, October 2006

Sampling of hospitals, colleges and advocates for people with disabilities that screen 24/7 to illuminate the rigors of caregiving:

  • The ARC – national, nonprofit advocate for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities
  • Adirondack Regional Technical College
  • Chapman University
  • Chemeketa Community College
  • Drake University
  • Florida ARC chapters
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Hope Community Resources of Alaska
  • Indiana University
  • LifeLinks Family Support Center
  • Monroe Community College

  • Oregon Health & Science University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Rutgers University
  • Saint Louis Public Library
  • Salem State College
  • University of California – San Francisco – Medical Center
  • University of California – Irvine – Medical Center
  • University of Central Mississippi
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Windsor
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center