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Schlitzie: One of Us Documentary Begins Production

Tod Browning’s 1932 masterpiece Freaks (which is LONG overdue for a proper release) is the most different horror movie you’ll ever see. It’s one of those rare films which runs the entire gamut of human emotion. Some find it hard to watch, while others find it fun and even heartwarming. This is due in no small part to its phenomenal cast which included a true character known as Schlitze.

Schlitzie: One of Us, from director Steve Belgard, is a love letter to the 4-foot-tall performer, who was born with microcephaly and made his most notable cultural impact via the 1932 classic.

The doc examines how he touched the hearts of many people and made an impact on pop culture while imparting a hopeful message.

There is a fan base out there,” says Belgard. “But others will appreciate the tone of acceptance and tolerance, and that everyone deserves a chance to live and be a part of society, no matter how different you look, talk or act. Not only will the documentary be entertaining, it should appeal to those who are different: those with Autism, Down Syndrome, the LGBT community, children who are bullied, those body shamed, etc.

Belgard tells us, “This will be a doc about tolerance, acceptance, love and we could certainly use that now…” Amen, sir.

Donations are currently being accepted here to make the film as grand as it should be. What are you waiting for? Become one of us!

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Written by Steve Barton

You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

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