I stopped by Sarah Entine's booth for conversation.
This is what Rich LaVoie had to say about her film
“Sarah Entine has produced a remarkable and memorable film about the unique pressures that generational learning disabilities have on a family. By combining the perspectives of her grandmother, parents and sister with her own, she provides a poignant and insightful picture of the impact that ‘hidden disabilities’ can have on relationships. Unlike similar films, Read Me Differently never becomes preachy, maudlin or self-pitying. She offers no false hope, instant cures or simple answers. Rather, she allows us to hear from three remarkably dynamic women discussing the shame, confusion, fear and bewilderment that often accompany undiagnosed learning problems."
While the topic of learning disabilities could signal a technical or boring documentary, that is not the case with "Read Me Differently." Sarah, her mother, and her grandmother Sylvia are such lively, charming subjects they lend the film an unexpected warmth and openness.
"It's kind of been rewarding to see that it [the film] has a reach into a larger world than learning disabilities, and that it might actually have universal themes," the first-time director said in a telephone interview this week from her Berkeley home.
You can purchase or rent the film from Newday films, http://www.newday.com/films/readmedifferently.html . I plan to show the film in the fall as part of increased dyslexia / different learners programming we are planning in San Mateo county.
Entine has a Master's degree in Social Work from Simmons College. She is now leading mindfulness meditation workshops for adults and parents affected by learning differences. Having practiced mindfulness meditation since 1998, Sarah is a recent graduate of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center where she earned a certificate in mindfulness facilitation.
Here's the film trailer: