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Step into the lives of remarkable individuals and explore the richness of the human experience through these compelling documentary shorts from the Academy Award-winning Breakwater Studios.

Films in this program contain mature themes. Viewer discretion is advised.

Every month, over 10,000 developmentally disabled people are sent to prison in the United States. Most are represented by public defenders--overburdened attorneys provided by the state. In 2021, California opened a complex legal pathway for them to appeal for treatment instead of prison time. Johnny's case is one of the first attempts to do so.

Film Contact:

Breakwater Studios



  • Year
  • Runtime
    19 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Premiere
    Midwest Premiere
  • Genre
    Current Events/History, Disabilities, Human Rights,Latinx/Latin American
  • Subtitle Language
  • Content Warning
    Mature Themes
  • Social Media
  • Director
    Ben Proudfoot
  • Producer
    Rachel Greenwald
  • Cast
    Noah Cox, Elda Torres