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Faith Strongheart

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2020

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Faith Strongheart

Faith Strongheart is an award-winning writer/director with a unique and visionary style. She received her MFA in directing from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television in 2018.

Strongheart has written, produced and directed several short films which have gone on to receive prestigious awards and has participated in numerous directing workshops, including Directing the Actor with Sundance Institute creative advisor Joan Darling. In addition, she has written three feature-length screenplays and a dramatic television series pilot. Prior to graduate school, Strongheart worked as a production coordinator and assistant director on studio feature films for more than fifteen years.

Strongheart is a two-time recipient of the Motion Picture Association of America Award and was a finalist for a science-based script for the Sloan Foundation Fellowship. In 2016 she received the Women in Film Verna Fields Memorial Fellowship, the Bill Lee Memorial award, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association award for Directing and the Carroll Sax Award in Motion Picture and Television Production. In 2018, she received the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation Scholarship and the Mary Pickford Award for Documentary Filmmaking for a feature documentary that she is making about her non-traditional hippie upbringing. She currently is in development on her first narrative feature.

Strongheart is the mother of two small children and she is doing her best to raise kind humans in this crazy world.


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:

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

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Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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