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Normal Films' History

Formed in 2005, by long-time disabilities advocate, parent, and speaker, Keri Bowers, Normal Films is an innovative film and production company that creates and produces documentary films for educational purposes for the global disabilities community.

The company was formed by way of a dream between mother and son to make a movie about autism. Keri’s son, Taylor, who was diagnosed with autism when he was 6 years old, had always wanted to be a filmmaker. When he was nearly 15, he conceived the idea — and title of the film — and convinced his mother to help him.

The pair soon teamed up with producer, Joey Travolta, who mentored Taylor and Keri to make a 10 minute short student film. The student film quickly won national attention in the press, and the trio quickly moved on to create the feature, 90 minute film.

Normal People Scare Me was released in April, 2007, and has been seen by tens of thousands of parents and professionals all over the world. The film prompted a mother and son speaking and film screening tour throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and in the Middle East. The film’s title song, “Locked Inside of Me“ which was written by Joey Travolta and composer, Jeff Lass, was recorded by double platinum recording artist Taylor Dyane.  A Soundtrack to Normal People Scare Me will be released in April, 2008.

In September, 2007, Normal Films released its second film, The Sandwich Kid, a film about brothers and sisters of people with all disabilities. The film explores the experiences of siblings of people with developmental and other disabilities. Taylor's little brother, Jace made the film with mom to share his experiences as his “brother’s keeper“. The reviews have been very positive, with the film quickly catching national attention.

“Brothers and sisters who are often the single longest relationship during a person’s lifetime, live with the ramifications of a siblings disability for the rest of their lives.” Keri Bowers

The Sandwich Kid features interviews with dozens of siblings from a variety of backgrounds, ranging in age from 6 to 59.  They describe how they’ve been affected by experiences such as teasing from other children and resenting that the focus of the family is always on the special sibling. Also addressed is the hardest question of all: whether they will look after their sibling after their parents have passed away. And many show the positive side: they express tremendous love and compassion, and how seeing the world through the eyes of their sibling has enriched their lives, teaching them to become more tolerant of people's differences. THE SANDWICH KID runs 73 minutes.

The small, yet ambitious film company is quickly growing into more than just a film production company. Normal Films is expanding. “Normal Productions” will expand and develop new products and services outside the film genre. Products will include workbooks, books, tapes, and short “how to” films.