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Lizzy Francis

Lizzy Francis, Lab Program Intern

RespectAbility Entertainment Professionals Lab, Summer 2020

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Lizzy Francis

Lizzy Francis is a screenwriting major studying to create safe spaces for all groups of people, regardless of identity or ability.

She was born in Wayland, Massachusetts as a second-generation immigrant. At the age of 17, she was diagnosed with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Anorexia, resulting in numerous hospitalizations and a revelation that led to a passion of storytelling and activism through film, especially regarding mental illness and racial issues.

In 2017, Francis worked on an SXSW award-winning film in Vermont that aimed to integrate a crew and cast of people both with and without disabilities.

She wrote her first screenplay in 2017, which confirmed her love for filmmaking. Her second was written in 2018, winning a Communicator Award.

After graduating high school in 2019 at the age of 18, she moved to Los Angeles by herself to pursue a career as a screenwriter and an advocate for those without a voice.

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Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Communications Director 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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