Zeno Mountain Farm is a non-profit based in Vermont that hosts annual camps and retreats for people with disabilities and other marginalized communities.
Since 2004, Zeno’s diverse community has come together each year to create an original short film. They have made 12 short films in total, covering genres from soap opera to pirate musical, which have been screened in cities across the country.
In 2015, Zeno partnered with Emmy award-winning director Michael Barnett to create the intimate documentary “Becoming Bulletproof,” which features Zeno and follows the making of its short western film, “Bulletproof.”
“Becoming Bulletproof” showcases Zeno’s unique, fully integrated production process and the incredible, untapped talent and creative potential of the disabled community. The documentary went on to win over 25 Best Documentary, Grand Jury, and Audience Award prizes at film festivals around the globe.
The film was also selected by the U.S. State Department to screen in countries worldwide as part of the cultural outreach program called The American Film Showcase. The film holds the prestigious honor of maintaining a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Following the success of “Becoming Bulletproof,” Zeno embarked on the journey of creating “Best Summer Ever” — the largest project in Zeno’s history and the most ambitious, with full integration of people with and without disabilities in every aspect of the film’s production. “Best Summer Ever” will have its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in 2020.