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      Becoming Bulletproof

      2014 1 hr. 20 min. Documentary Western List
      100% 7 Reviews Tomatometer 93% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Disabled people from across the United States take the leading roles in Western costume drama. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Oct 10 Buy Now

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      Audience Member Annual movie making camp for special needs people. Profile of AJ with cerebral palsy: in constant pain every day, but still wakes up each day with a smile on his face. Impossible not to love these people. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member It's no secret that when picking a movie, I'll generally go with a documentary over a scripted feature, despite the knowledge that the tough subject matter will likely leave me angry or despondent. I was wonderfully surprised by this buoyant film that tackled a difficult topic with sanguinity. It's a nugget of hope that we can be better to ourselves. Look for this one, folks. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member LOVED THIS MOVIE! Breaks all barriers. It's about Love one another...Heartfelt, tender, meaningful and surprising... You will laugh, cry and jump for joy... Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member I saw this at the 2015 Cleveland International Film Festival. Bulletproof is a western short produced by Zeno Mountain Farm. Zeno Mountain Farm runs a series of camps around the U.S. for differently abled people with many interests from sports to the arts. Becoming Bulletproof is a heartwarming feature-length behind-the-scenes documentary about the long running film camp and its 2012 effort to make a western. Professional filmmakers including the Halby family lead and assist. They wish to show that differently abled people can contribute to the arts. Thanks to the Halbys who attended the screening in Cleveland with several cast members my wife and I were able to see the final product on Vimeo. Bulletproof is not some amateurish fan genre flick of the sort that often appears on YouTube. The performances, which sometimes take more patience to capture, the costumes, settings, script, and cinematography are all of high quality. Now, let me say more about the actual documentary. It won three awards at CIFF including the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award, and, from the screening I attended, the standing ovation was truly genuine. The star of the film is A.J. Murray. The documentary crew follows A.J. because this is his first year attending the film camp and his enthusiasm for acting in films is infectious. We witness the anxiety and physical hardships that A.J. faces with cerebral palsy, yet his positive spirit never falters. Jeremy Vest, who could be Michael Cera's brother, and, who has attended the film camp for several years playing bit parts, has now graduated to playing the lead. Bulletproof Jackson is a magician turned through myth and legend into a heroic gunslinger. Zack Gottsagen is introduced as a nice guy who has also attended the film camp for several years (and teaches acting to kids in his home town). He just happens to love playing villains on film. The whole diverse cast and crew work hard and demonstrate a family atmosphere at camp and the later film premiere. For me, A.J., Jeremy, and Zack stand out as the heart of the picture. A must see documentary for its combination of tears, laughter, and filmmaking adventure. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Michael Rechtshaffen Los Angeles Times The term "inspirational" gets bandied about a lot, but "Becoming Bulletproof" is thoroughly deserving of that tag. Oct 2, 2015 Full Review Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor As a piece of filmmaking, "Becoming Bulletproof" is haphazard and overloaded with talking heads. But as a window into the lives of some of these actors, it's often moving. Rated: B Sep 25, 2015 Full Review Ken Jaworowski New York Times A wonderful documentary that follows a group of disabled adults who work together to make a movie. Sep 25, 2015 Full Review Richard Propes Becoming Bulletproof is an intimate and deeply authentic film about the fabric of the Zeno Actors Camp. Rated: 4.0/4.0 Aug 31, 2020 Full Review Frank Lovece Film Journal International A rare film about the disabled that shows them as the regular folks they are, and the disciplined creativity of which they're capable. Sep 25, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Disabled people from across the United States take the leading roles in Western costume drama.
      Michael Barnett
      Executive Producer
      Brandon Boyd, James Clark
      Production Co
      Documentary, Western
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 26, 2016
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