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Inclusion Films moving to new location on 18th Street

Local film school teaches developmentally disabled students
Posted at 2:49 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 17:49:43-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A Bakersfield flim school that teaches social and professional skills to children and adults with developmental disabilities is on the move.

Inclusion Films is leaving its location on 19th Street and heading to 801 18th Street by the end of June, Executive Director Dale Oprandy confirmed to 23ABC News.

"We wanted to get more room and more space," Oprandy said. "We also have our own parking lot, so we'll be able to shoot street scenes and backlot stuff. Everyone is excited."

The school, started in 2007 by Joey Travolta, teaches students every aspect of filmmaking, from writing to editing, lighting and even set design.

Oprandy told 23ABC News the school has also secured a date for its next release, the Christmas-themed film, Carol of the Bells. The movie -- shot primarily in Bakersfield -- will premiere on September 30 at the Fox Theater.

"We have a great cast and more than 70% of those involved have a disability," Oprandy said. "That's never been done in a Hollywood motion picture."

The film stars R.J. Mitre (Breaking Bad), Donna Mills (Knots Landing), and Donna Pescow (Saturday Night Fever).'s synopsis of the film:
A young man with a troubled past seeks out his biological mother. His world is turned upside down upon discovering that she is developmentally disabled. Unable to work through this new discovery on his own, the man's wife takes matters into her own hands forcing her husband to face the truth and heal the past.

Oprandy said the school will move to its new home by the end of the month.