Yellow Brick Road


Each year, the drama program of Long Island’s ANCHOR (Answering the Needs of Citizens with Handicaps Through Organized Recreation) sponsors an extravagant, one-night-only production of a Broadway play or film. Yellow Brick Road captures the four-month journey of the group’s 70 participants as they come together to put on a production of The Wizard of Oz in 2004. With the kind of subtlety and tenderness that L. Frank Baum would have enjoyed, filmmakers Matthew Makar and Keith Rondinelli delve into the lives of these performers, past their learning disabilities, their palsies and their Down’s Syndrome into the people they really are. The Mayor, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, the Wicked Witch of the West—there’s a backstory to each of these characters that goes deeper than their typecast roles. Led by the program’s directors, Sandy Braun and Joe Lentini—who face criticism for talking down to the “kids”—the group puts together a production that would have knocked Judy Garland’s socks off.  CD


Matthew Makar, Keith Rondinelli


Matthew Makar

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United States

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83 minutes


World Premiere