Each of the stories in Normal Isn't Real contains insights and wisdom that are enhanced by post screening discussions that lead to a deeper understanding of the strategies seen in the film and ideas for how they can be adapted for use by others. For this reason it is only available for community and organizational screenings. We hope you will bring the film to your community and have designed a Screening Kit to make it easy.
The film is available to rent for single or multiple screenings, and the rental cost
depends on the type of license you need.
Length: 72 minutes
The DVD includes English and Spanish subtitles
HOST A SCREENING: If you are interested in hosting a screening, please fill out the form below and we will get back to you with pricing information.
Screening Kit includes:
Developed by Arlyn Roffman, PhD , Professor Emeritus of Special Education at Lesley University, Cambridge, MA and licensed psychologist, the Guide contains questions and discussion prompts for audiences of all types including educators, parents, and students. In addition, tips for different formats- panels, facilitated conversations with experts, and audience input- are provided.
1. Who Can Facilitate the Discussion?
Viewing the film can generate questions, comments and suggestions from the audience that can add lasting value to the screening experience. Some ideas for facilitating the discussion include:
Ask someone from the hosting organization to facilitate.
An expert on learning disabilities/ADHD can be brought in to comment on the film and elicit feedback from the audience.
Panels of students, parents, educators or others can offer comments and pose questions to the audience to encourage two-way conversation.
Filmmaker Krys Kornmeier is available to host a post screening discussion or join a panel the organizers have put together. She welcomes the opportunity to engage in conversation with the audience about the film and ways in which young people can become experts on what they need to succeed. If you are interested in having Krys at your screening, complete the box in the “Host a Screening” form to check on scheduling and appearance fees.
2. How much time should be planned for the discussion?
Allow 30 minutes for discussion. Let the audience know during the introduction to the film that there will be a discussion period immediately following the film and encourage them to stay for it.
3. How can we assure that the audience participates in the discussion?
Let the audience know ahead of time that there will be an opportunity to discuss the film and how long that discussion will last so audience members can plan to stay after the screening. Also encouraging audiences to use their provided programs to note their questions and comments regarding each profile during the film, can help the audience members be prepared for an active discussion. Be sure to provide a microphone or sound equipment that allows everyone in the room to hear and participate in the discussion.
Creating interest and participation in your screening requires engaging your potential audience in many ways. The Screening Kit will provide a “Normal Isn’t Real” on-line customizable print flyer and e-invitation for sharing information about the screening. Suggested social media postings will also be included.
1. How can we promote our screening?
Invitations and notices about the screening should be sent out 4 weeks ahead of time either electronically (click here for a sample e-invitation) or through mail or newsletters. Flyers (click here for printable flyer) can be printed and posted ahead of time as well as the day of the screening to provide directions to the screening site. A link to the trailer can be sent along with the electronic invitation and the press release (click here for link to trailer).
2. What other ways can we promote the film?
Find partners-consider partnering with other local organizations, schools, or groups that share an interest in LD and ADHD issues. Use the trailer and website to explain the purpose of the screening when approaching a potential partner. Partners can expand your reach to new audiences and help spread the word. Don’t forget that student groups can be great partners in reaching their colleagues through social media.
Logistics / Details
Tips for timing of screenings, room set up, technology and equipment, and engagement of the audience.
1. How far ahead of the screening date should the event be booked?
We suggest you complete the license agreement a minimum of 3-4 weeks ahead of the event date. This will give you time to publicize the event. You will receive the DVD one week ahead of the screening which will allow you time to test the disc with your equipment. The DVD will include a return mailer for you to return the DVD after your screening.
2. What is the best time for a screening?
The type of audience will determine the best timing for your screening. Many educational organizations will plan for a daytime screening for educators and students and an evening screening for parents and families. Since the film is 72 minutes long and you will need time for introductions and discussion, a two-hour time period is optimal for the screening event.
3. How should the venue be set up for the screening?
The size of your audience will impact the room set-up for the screening. It’s important to set up chairs so that everyone can view and hear the film easily. For larger audiences that may be in classroom style; for smaller audiences, an open U shape arrangement of chairs can work well. For the discussion period after the film, it can be very helpful to ask participants to move chairs in such a way that conversation and comments are shared while participants are facing each other. Your venue should be wheelchair accessible if possible.
4. What equipment is needed to show the film?
You will need a venue that has access to a DVD player, a projector, a screen and a sound system. In addition, a microphone(s) for the facilitator(s) may be needed for the follow-up discussion.
5. How long is the film?
The film is 72 minutes and includes 4 profiles of individuals living, working and succeeding with LD and ADHD issues.
6. Is the film available in different languages?
The film is available in English. The DVD includes optional English and Spanish subtitles.
7. How can we stay in touch with those who attended the screening?
Set up a registration table by the entrance to the screening room so attendees can easily sign in and provide a name and email address for future opportunities to gather.
The screening license allows you to rent the film for a single community screening for the audience of your choice. Schools are permitted one additional daytime screening for their students and staff. The cost of the license is based on the number of screenings. We offer a reduced license rate for multiple event licenses.