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Yellow Brick Road
Yellow Brick Road
Directors: Matthew Makar, Keith Rondinelli
Genres: Documentary
NR     2007     1hr 54min

As affecting as it is charming, the film festival favorite YELLOW BRICK ROAD follows a group of extraordinary actors from the Drama Program of Long Island?s ANCHOR Organization (Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handica...  more »

     
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Directors: Matthew Makar, Keith Rondinelli
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Music & Performing Arts
Studio: Docurama/Emerging Pictures
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 03/27/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 54min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Stealing Our Hearts
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 01/12/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Yellow Brick Road"

Stealing Our Hearts

Amos Lassen

Imagine, if you will, a new production of the MGM classic film, "The Wizard of Oz". Then try to think about it being performed by a group of physically and mentally handicapped people. It
actually happened as seen in this beautiful documentary by Keith Rondinelli and Matthew Makar. The film is an inspiration to all of us and it shows that joy and innocence prevail even in the most difficult situations.
We watch as the people involved learn their lines as the play is being prepared and then putting on the play. Those involved are members of ANCHOR (Answering the Needs of Children with Handicaps Through Organized Recreation) and we follow what they do in this moving film.
We first meet David as he sings "If I Only Had a Heart" and we are taken into him with his thick glasses and buck teeth. From this point I knew I was in for some great entertainment.
The entire cast is presented to us next and we see play director, Sandy Braun, who exudes tough love. We feel the care she feels for her "kids" and she is the real world to the cast members.
The documentary can be divided into four parts--rehearsals, interviews, a silent section looking at the actors as they come and go and the performance itself that was a one night event. Looking at the cast members we never get a sense that they are depressed by their handicaps and when we see the interviews of them at home we see their pride as aspiring actors. We are made aware of their problems and disabilities but they, themselves, never dwell on them.
I watched this with a lump in my throat especially as I realized how we, the non-disabled, take so much for granted. This is a truly inspiring and feel good film.
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Powerful
Kerry Price | Orlando, FL | 04/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This touching and inspiring documentary shows the power of theatre to change and improve lives...not only of the participants but all of those they touch. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE!"