About The Project
Body & Soul: Diana & Kathy, directed by Academy Award nominee Alice Elliott, is a look at an unusual, symbiotic relationship between two people some would call profoundly disabled. In the film two of the country’s most remarkable advocates for people with disabilities, Diana Braun, who has Down Syndrome, and Kathy Conour, who has cerebral palsy, met three decades ago and vowed to fight to live independent lives. Fearful of being shut away in a nursing home or forced into a state-run institution, Diana and Kathy broke the rules, escaped the system, and modeled a grand experiment in independent living. ITVS grantee.
PBS BROADCAST PREMIERE 2009.
DIRECTED BY: Alice Elliott
PRODUCED BY: Alice Elliott and Simone Pero
About Our Work
For Impact Productions’ Simone Pero was a producer on this groundbreaking short documentary film. We led the project through successful rounds of funding, production, post-production, PBS distribution, and an Academy Awards nomination qualifying process. Winner of numerous awards including the Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media (2008, Council on Foundations), The American Documentary Showcase U.S. State Department selection, and nominated for the IDA Award.
Watch BODY & SOUL: DIANA AND KATHY.