RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2020
Andrew Pilkington is a producer living in Manhattan. He has worked for award-winning directors including Alex Gibney and Morgan Spurlock. Pilkington has produced four feature-length films, which he wrote, directed, edited and produced. He also created a series of videos that explored technology for people with disabilities in collaboration with the Institute of Human Centered Design. Pilkington has successfully funded his productions through crowdsourcing and other social media.
Born with cerebral palsy, Pilkington takes a nonchalant view of his disability. He is a graduate of the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island where he won the Film Excellence Award in 2014. He loves making movie magic. He produced and co-wrote Best Summer Ever, a feature musical starring actors with disabilities that was selected into the SXSW Film Festival 2020. It was awarded the Final Draft Screenwriter Award prize.
After an extensive search and interview process, 30 individuals were invited to participate in RespectAbility’s Summer 2020 Lab for Entertainment Professionals. This 5-week, 15-session virtual summer Lab series for people interested in – and with experience in – development, production and post-production, including careers as writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, animators and other production roles, will take place June 16 – July 16, 2020. Participants include diverse people with physical, cognitive, sensory, mental health and other disabilities. Learn more: www.respectability.org/respectability-la-lab.
This program, which continues building the talent pipeline of young professionals with disabilities looking to work behind the scenes, is made possible with support by:
- Platinum Sponsors: Murray/Reese Foundation and The Walt Disney Company
- Gold Sponsors: Cast & Crew, Comcast NBCUniversal and Final Draft
- Silver Sponsors: Fox Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment