BIG ENOUGH


16mm, color, 53 minutes, 2004

SYNOPSIS

In this intimate portrait, several dwarfs who appeared in Jan Krawitz and Thomas Ott's 1982 film Little People welcome the camera into their lives once again. Through a prism of "then and now," the characters in the film confront physical and emotional challenges with humor, grace, and sometimes, frustration. What is it like to date or find a spouse? What about the decision to have children - with a a 75% chance that their offspring will be a dwarf? And what does the future hold now that many genetic conditions, including dwarfism can be diagnosed in utero? Big Enough provides a unique perspective on a proud and active community that many people know only from cultural stereotypes.

DISTRIBUTION

Fanlight Productions
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HONORS AND AWARDS

Video Librarian's Best Documentaries of 2005 Award
Cine Golden Eagle Award, 2005
Director's Citation / Honorable Mention, Black Maria Film & Video Festival, 2005
First Prize, Documentary, Carolina Film and Video Festival, 2005
Best Documentary, University Film and Video Association, 2005
Heart of the Festival Award, Vermont International Film Festival, 2004
Third Prize, Big Muddy Film Festival, 2005
First Prize, Documentary, East Lansing Film Festival, 2005

BROADCAST HISTORY

P.O.V. PBS national broadcast, June 2005
PBS P.O.V. Encore Presentation, 2006
Broadcast internationally in Australia, ABC Asia, Spain, Portugal, Andorra, Norway, Finland, New Zealand, Israel and Gaza, Latvia, Croatia

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

In 1981, I co-directed Little People, an 88-minute documentary that was released in 1982. The idea was catalyzed by a “filler” article I read in the newspaper about “The Mini-Gators”, a group of dwarfs in Florida who got together periodically to share experiences. Research led us to Little People of America, a national organization that today has 5000 members. Little People depicted the changes in attitude that was occurring among dwarfs as they struggled towards equal opportunity and enhanced self-esteem. It premiered at The New York Film Festival, played at festivals here and abroad, and was broadcast nationally on PBS in 1984. Little People was nominated for a national Emmy Award for “Outstanding Individual Documentary.”

As a documentary filmmaker for thirty years, I have never been tempted to return to the subject matter of a previous film. Documentary affords the luxury of immersing myself in a subject for several years before moving on to a new topic. But I maintained contact with several dwarfs who I met through Little People long after the film was completed. Five years ago, I began to entertain the possibility of reconnecting with some of the individuals who appeared in Little People to see how their lives had changed over the interim 20 years. Did 11-year old Mark retain his confidence and optimism as an adult? Did 16-year old Karla marry a little person, as she had hoped? Did the “second-generation” dwarf children of Ron and Sharon (a newly married childless couple in Little People) have an easier time growing up because of the experience of having dwarf parents?

I contacted five individuals who had appeared in Little People to float the possibility of a second film. They all readily agreed (although Len Sawisch informed me that he had “retired” from being a dwarf seven years earlier….) and production began in 2000. For the past five years, I have again become a part of a community of dwarfs whose generosity in sharing their feelings and beliefs has enabled me to create Big Enough. My involvement with this group of people over the past 25 years has been the most significant experience of my filmmaking career.

REVIEWS

"Krawitz's meticulously crafted work reveals surprising nuances of character... Serendipity partners with Krawitz's smart choices to create a rich and rewarding viewing experience."
Palo Alto Weekly

"We get such a personal and pleasant experience with these subjects, one can only hope Krawitz will revisit them once again."
South by Southwest

".... heart-breaking, humorous, inspirational and educational...."
Jackson Free Press

"Her subjects are forthcoming and funny, always willing to share how hard it is to live in a world not scaled for them."
Washington City Paper

FULL-TEXT REVIEWS

Educational Media Reviews Online
Video Librarian
Jackson Free Press
Palo Alto Weekly
Washington City Paper
Austin Chronicle


FESTIVAL SCREENINGS


Heart of the Festival Award, Vermont International Film Festival, 2004.
CINE Golden Eagle Award, Council on International Nontheatrical Events, 2005. First Prize, Documentary, Carolina Film and Video Festival, 2005.
Best Documentary, University Film and Video Association National Conference, 2005.
Third Prize, Big Muddy Film Festival, 2005.
Director's Citation/Honorable Mention, Black Maria Film and Video Festival, 2005.
First Prize, Documentary, East Lansing Film Festival, 2005.
Top 25 DVD Documentaries of 2005, Video Librarian, 2005.
ReelheART International Film Festival, Toronto, 2006.
South by Southwest, 2004.
SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Documentary Film Festival, 2004.
Cinequest, 2004.
Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, 2004.
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, 2004.
United Nations Association Film Festival, 2004.
Santa Fe Film Festival, 2004.
DOCUPOLIS, Barcelona, Spain, 2005.
Southern Circuit Tour, 2005.
Picture This Film Festival, 2005.
Riverrun International Film Festival, 2005.
Sedona International Film Festival, 2005.
Tiburon International Film Festival, 2005.
Fairfax Documentary Film Festival, 2005.
Wine Country Film Festival, 2005.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Produced, Directed, and Edited by Jan Krawitz
Featuring:        
          Mark and Anu Trombino
          Karla and John Lizzo
          Len and Lenette Sawisch
          Sharon and Ron Roskamp
Cinematography: Ferne Pearlstein
Cinematographer for Little People (archival): Thomas Ott
Additional Camera: Gerard Hooper
Stills Camera: Jon Shenk
Sound Recordist: Jan Krawitz
Original Music: Kris Falk
Title Design: James Kenney
Sound Mix: Daniel Olmsted
The film was funded in part by:
        Stanford University Research Incentive Fund
        Fleishhacker Foundation
        Peninsula Community Foundation
        Yale University, Shenkin Fellowship
        Arts Council, Silicon Valley

Biographical Information


Jan Krawitz has been independently producing and directing documentary films for thirty years. Films in distribution include In Harm's Way, Mirror Mirror, Drive-in Blues, Little People, Cotton Candy and Elephant Stuff, Afterimage, and Styx. Her work has been exhibited and awarded at film festivals in the United States and abroad, among them Sundance, the New York Film Festival, Nyon, Edinburgh, Margaret Mead, London, Sydney, and Full Frame.  Big Enough, In Harm's Way, Mirror Mirror, Little People and Drive-in Blues have been broadcast on national PBS, the Discovery Channel, and the Learning Channel. Little People was nominated for a national Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Documentary" and was featured on NPR's "All Things Considered."  Excerpts from her work have been shown on ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, 20/20, and CNN.  She has had one-woman retrospectives of her films at many venues including the Portland Art Museum, Hood Museum of Art, Rice Media Center, the Austin Film Society, the Commonwealth Club, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

Krawitz is a Professor in the Graduate Program in Documentary Film and Video at Stanford University.  She has a B.A. from Cornell and a Master of Fine Arts in Film from Temple University.

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