World Down Syndrome Day + Special Sale on Educational DVD

Happy Down Syndrome Day!

It’s been a while since we last wrote with an update and today seems like the prefect day.  Last year the United Nation’s General Assembly officially declared March 21 as world Down Syndrome Day.  There are celebrations around the world and it’s an important reminder to world, national, and local leaders to advocate for the rights and needs of individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities.  In honor of this celebration, we’re launching a major sale of the MONICA & DAVID Educational Edition DVD. From March 21-April 21, the DVD will be available for a super discount!  An individual DVD will now cost $100 (vs. $200 regular price) and the more you buy, the more you save!

Educational Edition DVD on super sale--visit our website to take advantage of the special pricing!

The Educational Edition includes the feature film as seen on HBO, 5 deleted scenes & 5 exclusive bonus videos which tackle the major issues introduced in the film–independence, employment, sexuality, letting go, and reflections on society.  Great for corporations, libraries, schools, non-profits, community organizations, and anyone who wants to share the DVD with groups of individuals.  Remember that the home video DVD is only licensed for personal home use.

Personal update on Monica & David:

Monica and David Just celebrated their 7th wedding anniversary and are doing amazingly well.  They recently started new volunteer jobs at a local hospital, working with kids in the daycare center.  David’s healthy and continues to monitor his diabetes well.  He recently threw the opening pitch at a pre-season Florida Marlins baseball game!!  Turns out that the Marlins’ new manager, Ozzie Guillen, is a huge fan of the film and has quickly become friends with Monica, David and their family.

MONICA & DAVID Educational Edition DVD launched online today

Monica & David’s Educational Edition DVD available for purchase online.
(USA/Color.  68 minute feature film + 46 minutes of exclusive extras)
The educational DVD includes 5 exclusive short videos featuring adults with intellectual disabilities, their families, and national advocates discussing key issues introduced in the feature film, MONICA & DAVID.  The stories include individuals who live independently, work in the community, and a story of a couple who’s been married for 14 years.
1- Employment in the Community
2- Healthy Relationships
3- Independence & Families Letting Go
4- Dating & Sexuality: A Conversation with Terri Couwenhoven
5- Reflections on Society: A Conversation with Lawrence Carter-Long
• AUDIO DESCRIPTION—for people who are blind or vision impaired
ENGLISH: feature film, menu & all bonus material.
SPANISH: feature film only.
• CLOSED CAPTIONING—for people who are deaf or hearing impaired
ENGLISH & SPANISH: feature film & all bonus material
See more great moments with Monica, David and their families.

MONICA & DAVID Educational Edition DVD & Emmy Nomination!

The MONICA & DAVID Educational Edition DVD launches this weekend at the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC)’s Annual Convention.  Monica, David and filmmaker, Ali Codina, will be present to meet their fans, answer questions, and sell DVDs.  We hope to see some of you there!

ONLINE SALES begin in 1 week!  We’ll be selling them at:

For regular updates, including the moment the online sales begin, join us at:

And yes, we’ve been nominated for an EMMY AWARD for Outstanding Informational Programming, Long Form!  The ceremony’s on September 26th in NYC. so keep your finger’s crossed.

….more on the Educational Edition DVD:

Be the first to bring this award-winning film to your school, library, organization, community group, and/or company!!  DVDs will sell for $200, which includes the “public performance rights” to share the film with groups of people (vs. home video which is for private at-home use only).  The Educational Edition also features 5 exclusive videos, which will only be available in this DVD**.

Educational Edition DVD contents:

–Feature film, MONICA & DAVID, as seen on HBO

–5 NEW “Deleted Scenes” with Monica and David…more fun and insightful moments which didn’t make the final cut.

–**5 NEW EXCLUSIVE “Educational Bonus Videos” featuring adults with intellectual disabilities, their parents, and lead national advocates.  Explore and discuss key topics introduced by MONICA & DAVID–employment, dating, sexuality, independence, families letting go, etc.  Starring: Jason & Emily Perl Kingsley, Anna & Terri Couwenhoven, Lawrence Carter-Long, and several other wonderful individuals.

–ACCESSIBILITY & LANGUAGE: The entire DVD is Audio Described in English (feature film, DVD menu & all bonus material).  There is also an option to watch the feature film with Audio Description in Spanish.  Subtitles for people who are deaf or hearing impaired are offered in English and Spanish for all DVD content.  Read more from director/producer, Ali Codina, about this process in a recent blog post about the importance of accessibility:

2010 Tribeca Film Festival Award Winners

The winners of the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival’s competition categories were announced tonight at W Union Square in New York City. The top awards went to When We Leave (Die Fremde), Monica & David, Dog Pound and The Arbor. Additional awards were handed out for the best Short Films (narrative, documentary, and student visionary) and Best New York films. Acting awards and several Special Jury Mentions were also announced. And for the first time, online viewers voted for the best Tribeca Film Festival Virtual films, including Best Feature and Best Short.

“Tribeca is a place of discovery, and I am enormously proud of the new voices that have emerged this year at the Festival,” said Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal. “This has been a year of expanding our horizons in terms of the audiences and reach of the Festival, but it is also has been a year when that enlarged platform has been enjoyed by many remarkable films.”

Read the rest of the article on the Tribeca Film website, here.

Monica & David wins Best Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival!

We won Best Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival! We are very excited and we hope you’ll stay tuned for more upcoming news.

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