Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Remy Thorne, Jennifer Davis, Nancy Cronig, Kyle Dietz, Kenlyn Kanouse
Director: Vincenzo Giammanco
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
From the creative mind of up and coming dyslexic writer/director Vincenzo Giammanco, `'bAd'', a short film brings to light what it is truly like to be dyslexic. Vincenzo created this film with one purpose kept firmly in mi... more »
Solid Depiction of Kids with Learning Disabilities - Not Gay
Muskoka Man | Philadelphia, PA USA | 06/11/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Being dyslexic myself, I identified strongly with the main character of this short movie. I was picked on very much the same way he was, and suffered similar emotions. I agree with the preceding reviews that it should be MANDATORY viewing for all PK-8G teachers and administrators. I also especially liked the visuals in the background, but I don't want to give that away to those who have not seen it. That was the best part of the movie (for me) and was a very cleaver visual device.
The lead actor and the actress portraying his mother were great, but I found the rest of the cast stilted or too stereotypical. That may be more the fault of the writing than the fault of the actors, but it came off as amateurish.
Also, kids with dyslexia and other learning disabilities may excel at other activities other than reading and school work (math, art, sports, music, woodworking, sewing, scouting) and while there was a passing reference that he was good at math, none of his "victories" or "strengths" were depicted until the end of the movie. A kid with learning disabilities will often try to cover-up that fact by spending his/her time doing those things in which they excel and therefore gain acceptance from their parents and peers. But, since this movie was short, and had a focused message, that side was never explored or depicted.
The tags associated with this movie were wrong and inappropriate. This is not a "coming of age movie" and there is no sexual innuendo or nudity of any sort. Those references in the tags should be deleted.
A MUST SEE for Teachers and Parents...
John Kuehl | Monterey CA | 05/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an incredible short film depicting how a child experiences school when they have dyslexia. Anyone who has a learning disability can relate to the movie. It reminds us all to stop labeling students who learn differently as simply lazy or stupid. We need to educate the educators about learning disabilities. Congratulations to the film maker!!"