IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund Grantee

Untitled Dwarfism Project

Julie Forrest Wyman
Julie Forrest Wyman, Shaleece Haas
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There’s a new drug on the horizon that promises to make little people taller—but it’s threatening to erase the very community it claims to serve. As little people grapple with their uncertain future, director Julie Wyman confronts her own complicated diagnosis of dwarfism.  At the heart of the film lies the question: if you could give up the qualities that make you different, would you? And at what cost?

Julie Forrest Wyman, Director/Producer

Julie Forrest Wyman is a filmmaker and performer whose work aims to challenge and expand our culture's narrow range of represented bodies. Her 2012 documentary STRONG! premiered at AFI Silverdocs and was broadcast nationally as the season finale for PBS’s Independent Lens, where it won the series’ Audience Award. Julie’s work has been awarded support from Creative Capital Foundation, ITVS, the International Documentary Association (IDA), and California Humanities, among others. Her films, including FATMOB (2016), BUOYANT (2005) and A BOY NAMED SUE (2000), have aired on Showtime, MTV’s LOGO-TV, and have been exhibited at New York's MoMA, London's National Film Theater, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the Wexner Art Center, the Walker Art Center, and the Wadsworth Atheneum. Julie is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema and Digital Media at UC Davis.

Shaleece Haas, Producer

Shaleece Haas is an Emmy Award winning documentary producer and a director based in Los Angeles. Her films, marked by a balance of poignancy and humor, invite audiences deep into the interior worlds of their protagonists. TEXAS STRONG, a short documentary she produced in 2018, premiered at SXSW, won two Webby Awards, and won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Short Documentary. Her 2016 film REAL BOY screened in 23 countries, earned 20 festival awards, and was broadcast nationally on PBS’ Independent Lens. Shaleece also co-produced THE GENIUS OF MARIAN (2013; Tribeca Film Festival, POV) and co-directed the documentary short CITY FISH (2011; Hot Docs, Documentary Channel). Her films have received support from ITVS, California Humanities, Berkeley Film Foundation, Fledgling Fund, Film Independent, IDA and IFP, among others. She has been a Film Independent Documentary Lab Fellow, a Working Films Fellow, and a member of both Film Fatales and the Queer Producer’s Collective. Shaleece is a graduate of the documentary program at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. She was a founding staff member of the national oral history project, StoryCorps.