Welcome to Espocinema

Espocinema.com is the official website for Independent Filmmaker Adrian Esposito.

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Diffability Hollywood is a documentary about Hollywood’s portrayal of people with disabilities in films throughout history. The film’s mission is to emphasize the capabilities of people with disabilities, especially those with developmental disabilities and advocate for more inclusion of writers, directors and actors with disabilities into the movie industry. The documentary also urges the film industry to portray people with disabilities in less stereotypical ways.

Diffability Hollywood is complete. It is being entered into select film festivals for competition.  It will be making its official debut soon.  Stayed tuned for more information.

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Filmmaker Adrian Esposito

As someone with autism, Adrian has experienced discrimination and stereotyping on a personal basis. The film therefore comes from a self advocate’s point of view. Filmmaker Adrian Esposito is a spokesperson for people with disabilities and was awarded the 2015 NYSARC Self Advocate of the Year Award and received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his film making from the National Conference of Executives (NCE) of the Arc (10/16).

So let’s get the word out—let’s see people with disabilities as capable and their disabilities as “diffabilities.”

Donations are accepted at Fractured Atlas.  We are in need of funds for film festival entries, travel and cost of a Los Angeles premiere for the film.

Please go to : https://www.fracturedatlas.org

*No donation is too small and all donations are tax deductible.

Diffability Hollywood is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Diffability Hollywood must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only, and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Diffability Hollywood screening in Rochester, NY!

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We are excited to have the Rochester, NY premiere of Espocinema’s new documentary DIffability Hollywood as part of WXXI’s Move to Include! MOVE TO INCLUDE is a partnership between WXXI and the Golisano Foundation designed to
promote inclusion for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. This is a good match considering the subject of Diffability Hollywood.

Diffability Hollywood is a documentary about Hollywood’s portrayal of people with disabilities in films throughout history.

Diffability Hollywood will be screened at 6pm March 2nd at the Little Theater, 240 East Ave.

Attendance is free!

In connection with the screening look for filmmaker Adrian Esposito to be Interviewed on WXXI’s Arts in Focus airing Feb 24th and 25th.

Aging Trees of Knowledge now available on Amazon streaming

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Aging Trees of Knowledge was my first feature documentary. The film is about my grandmother and other survivors of World War II. They tell their memories of where  they were (Lithuania, China, Austria, Germany) and how the War effected their lives.

For this new edition I have made some tighter edits and have modified the film. Subtitles are available for the entire feature. I am pleased that Aging Trees of Knowledge is now available to the public for streaming.

Click here to rent or buy on Amazon

New documentary on Troma and Lloyd Kaufman in production!

Filmmaker Adrian Esposito is currently working on a new documentary film, Greetings From Tromaville, about the life and work of independent film champion, Lloyd Kaufman.

Lloyd and Michael Herz founded Troma Entertainment, a film company that produces edgy, bold, humorous and sometimes “over the top” films. Their films make a strong statement about visual art and its psychological effect on viewers. Troma films now have a world wide fan base and cult following. In fact, upon the announcement of the production of a Troma film, fans travel from all over the world just for the experience of being in a Troma production. Many come at their own cost and work in challenging circumstances.

Independent films like Troma’s, with innovative and shocking content, ultimately contributed to a change in Hollywood films, which followed Troma’s lead in presenting more graphic visuals. But behind their facade of sex and violence are often topical or political themes that even today Hollywood films won’t touch..

This film is a break from Espocinema’s usual presentations. Adrian Esposito is a Troma fan and intends to honor Lloyd Kaufman and his contribution to the art of filmmaking and independent films (and filmmakers).

Hold on to your seats — this will be a shocker!

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Filmmaker Adrian Esposito with Lloyd Kaufman at Troma Entertainment in NYC

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Filmmaker Adrian Esposito with Pat Kaufman (former NYS Film Commissioner and wife of Lloyd) and Lloyd Kaufman at the Buffalo Dreams Film Festival.

Filmmaker Adrian Esposito Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for filmmaking

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On October 27, 2016 , Adrian Esposito received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his film making from the National Conference of Executives of The Arc (NCE) in in Orlando, Florida.

The Arc is an international organization that offers support and professional development for individuals, families and professionals working for people with intellectual disabilities.

In choosing Adrian they wrote  “we recognize your ( Adrian’s) accomplishments and honor your work on behalf of people with intellectual disabilities and their families.  Your continued reflection of the Arc’s core values is a shining example of what a leader can and should be.”

Trailer for Diffability Hollywood

Diffability Hollywood is the newest film from Espocinema currently in post production. The film is about the history of people with disabilities in Hollywood films and TV–how things have changed and still can improve.

Featuring Interviews with

  • Johnny Knoxville (The Ringer, Jackass)
  • Robert David Hall (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
  • Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld)
  • Chris Burke (Life Goes On)
  • Edward Barbanell (The Ringer)
  • Jamie Brewer (American Horror Story)
  • Lauren Potter ( Glee)
  • and many more

The documentary will be submitted to film festivals soon.