Iron Family

1 film in this block • 90 minutes

The Films

Iron Family

  • Year 2021
  • Country United States
  • Runtime 90 min
  • Director Patrick Longstreth

Filmmaker in Attendance, Subject in Attendance, Staff Pick, Michigan Premiere

Jazmine Faries, a 32-year old woman with Down syndrome, is obsessed with soap operas, Barbie dolls, and Matthew McConaughey. For the past 5 summers, her family has performed her original stage plays for a small audience in their town of Iron River, Michigan. In this sixth season, we follow the creative process of writing, rehearsing, and performing the play. Family bonds between her brother, Chad, and her mother, Kate, are strengthened and put to the test by the mishaps and chaos of coordinating a production with limited resources. Along the way we see Jazmine’s personal struggle for independence, her yearning for a romantic partner, and how a single spark of creativity can spread joy throughout a community.