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Shorts in Competition: Student

World Premiere

USA | 16 MINUTES | English |


, Drama

In 1964, a young pediatrician begins his residency at Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, only to discover that the institution is conducting Army-funded experiments on developmentally disabled children. Based on true events, Willowbrook addresses the awful conditions in which people with developmental disabilities were warehoused and the controversial research experiments that took place in the 1960s.


Directed by Ross Cohen

Ross Cohen was born and raised in Liverpool and moved to LA to earn his MFA in film at USC, where he interned with Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino. He was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant to direct Willowbrook and is prepping his feature directorial debut to shoot in the fall.

Ross Cohen
Andrew Rothschild
Director of Photography
James David Wall
Primary Cast
Patrick Heusinger, Larry Cedar, Zachary Winard
Evan Schrodek
Jeremy Michael Cohen, May Iosotaluno, Ross Cohen
Associate Producer
Aaron Acosta, Jordan Ledy


Sales Agent
Sandrine Cassidy
University of Southern California, School of Cinematic Arts
Phone: 213 740 4432
Ross Cohen
Los Angeles, CA
Press Contact
Jeffrey Chassen
BWR Public Relations
292 Madison Avenue, 9th Floor New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212 901 3922