In 2010, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized “Those People” among six other films for the 37th Annual Student Academy Awards. This short documentary won in a social change category at an independent film festival.
“Those People” is the story of Fred, a man with a mental illness who lost everything that mattered to him: his wife of 24 years, his profession of 20 years and his home of 10 years.
After “giving up” in a nursing home and homeless shelter, Fred rebuilt his life by advocating for himself and others in a state with a collapsing system of care. Fred demonstrates that the power of the people might be the state’s only salvation.