Filmmaker continues in his mission to portray people with disabilities in modern media

Filmmaker Kire Paputts is continuing his goal of challenging perceptions of people with disabilities in modern media with his second project of this theme, “The Rainbow Kid.” Both the protagonist and the actor who plays him have Down syndrome. With his production, Paputts hopes to raise awareness of the need for actors with disabilities in TV and film to “[portray] people with special needs realistically and honestly… Paputts is hoping to finance the film using crowd-funding via a Kickstarter campaign. Presently, $34,000 has been raised towards a goal of $200,000. The fundraiser ends April 14th.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.