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Van Buren Movie Series

film strip with various movies featured

Join us at the Van Buren ISD Conference Center for our Van Buren movie series! We will be showing a of variety thought-provoking disability-related films and discussing them afterward.

All events are free and will be held at the Van Buren ISD Conference Center located at 490 S. Paw Paw Street, in Lawrence Michigan.

Please use this link to pre-register for as many of the events as you plan to attend bit.ly/vbmovies or contact Miranda at (269) 345-1616 x120. Let us know if you need an accommodation to attend.

These are fragrance free events. Please do not wear any scented products.

Movie Series Line Up:


Monica & David

December 11, 2019 | 9:30 — 11:00 am

Monica & David explores the marriage of two adults with Down syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs. Monica and David are in love and want what other adults have—an independent life. While Monica and David are capable beyond expectations, their parents, aware of mainstream rejection of adults with intellectual disabilities, have trouble letting go. Full of humor, romance and everyday family drama, the film uses intimate fly-on-the wall footage to reveal the complexity of their story.


Intelligent Lives

February 4, 2020 | 9:30 — 11:00 am

From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes the film Intelligent Lives, a catalyst to transform the label of “intellectual disability” from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America. Intelligent Lives stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.


Who Cares About Kelsey?

March 24, 2020 | 9:30 — 11:00 am

Who Cares About Kelsey? documents the life of a student with
emotional/behavioral challenges and shows innovative educational approaches that help her succeed and improve the overall school culture and climate. When Kelsey Carroll entered high school, she was a more likely candidate for the juvenile justice system than graduation. During Kelsey’s sophomore year, a new school leadership team implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a youth-directed planning process and other reforms to improve the school’s culture and reduce the dropout rate. This school-wide overhaul gave Kelsey a chance at a different outcome.