#Outwin2022

JOSEPHINE SITTENFELD

Growing Up Ethan

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Twenty-one-year-old Ethan Floquet knows every My Little Pony character, enjoys playing basketball with his Special Olympics team, works at a farm, and collects business cards for fun. At the end of the 2017 school year, in his annual vision statement, he declared: “I also plan on living at home with my family as long as I can. I also have a girlfriend I’d like to add . . . . My goals for the future are to learn how to drive a zero-turn lawn mower and to be able to take the PVTA bus alone.”

Created between 2006 and 2019, this documentary is an intimate portrait of Ethan and his family. The film follows Ethan as he comes of age and shows how his parents and younger siblings support him as he works to become more independent. Filmmaker Josephine Sittenfeld also uses Ethan’s story as a means to delve into the larger issue of young adults with developmental disabilities aging out of school services.