Iron Family directed by Patrick Longstreth
Iron Family directed by Patrick Longstreth

The award-winning documentary film Iron Family from filmmaker Patrick Longstreth will make its West Coast Premiere at the 2022 Dances With Films (June 9th – 19th, 2022). Featured in the film are Jazmine Faries, Chad Faries, Kate German, Greg Banks and The Faries Family – Holly, Amy along with Faith.

Iron Family which recently won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2022 Slamdance film festival follows Jazmine Faries, a charismatic 32-year old young woman with Down syndrome, who rouses her quirky family to perform her original play in a once-thriving rural mining town Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

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 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 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.

Watch the official trailer for Iron Family

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