April 25, 2017

‘I am in here’ wins two awards

A film still from ‘I am in here,’ written by and starring Mark Utter (right) and co-directed and edited by Williston resident Jim Heltz. (Observer courtesy photo).

A film still from ‘I am in here,’ written by and starring Mark Utter (right) and co-directed and edited by Williston resident Jim Heltz. (Observer courtesy photo).

Observer staff report

A film co-directed and edited by Williston resident Jim Heltz won two awards at the 2013 Vermont International Film Festival.

“I am in here:  A view of my daily life with good suggestions for improvement from my intelligent mind” won The Ben & Jerry Award, which is given to recognize and support a Vermont filmmaker who, through the lens, documented and raised awareness of an important social or environmental issue with verve and ingenuity. It also won the VCAM Award, given to the Vermont Filmmakers’ Showcase audience favorite.

The docu-drama chronicles a day in the life of Mark Utter, using humor to highlight the contrast between perceptions of Utter and the man inside. Utter was born with a form of autism that leaves him unable to say what he wants. Utter wrote the screenplay through supported typing—a slow and meticulous form of communication that requires extreme focus. Emily Anderson co-directed and produced the film. The screenplay is by Utter and the film stars Utter and Paul Schnabel.

“We really loved new feeling of sitting with wonderful awards and you know loving our fun film,” Utter wrote after receiving his awards.

Comments

  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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