Guest Room is a 2015 short film written and directed by Joshua Tate, starring Lauren Potter, Michael Iovine, Elizabeth Dement, Chelsea Landon. The direction of photography is by Will Jobe.
A young woman with Down syndrome questions her place in the world after a night with her boyfriend.
Born in Vallejo, California, Joshua Tate grew up all over Central, South, & East Texas. His passions for studying and documenting human behavior led him to a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Film Production at the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.F.A. in Film & TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he was mentored by veteran producer John Watson. Josh grew up among disability rights activists and maintains a deep passion for the cause. Forgotten Lives, an award-winning documentary advocating for community integration for Texans with disabilities that he directed and produced in 2007, is used to this day as an instructional aid for courses focusing on disability rights in universities throughout Texas. The inclusion and empowerment of people with disabilities has been a passion of his from a very early age. His cousin has Down syndrome, and her father and brother are both outspoken advocates for Disability Rights in Texas. He went through film school experimenting with narratives relevant to Disability Rights; his first feature, Love Land, stands as a testament to the power of self-representation on screen for actors with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD): the performances of a leading cast with Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, and cerebral palsy earned Love Land both the Audience Award for Narrative Feature and the Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast at the 2014 New Orleans Film Festival, as well as the Golden Strands for Outstanding Ensemble Cast at the 2014 Tallgrass International Film Festival. With his latest film, Guest Room, he and his team set out to create an earnest and intimate twelve-minute look into the complicated lives of people with IDD: adults caught in between childhood and adulthood; innocence and sexual desire; protection and self-determination. With Guest Room, his hope is to develop the themes explored in Guest Room within a story and setting best fitted for a potent feature-length exploration of character and conflict, both internal and external.
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