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Bruce Handler MD, Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, UIUC; Instructor Crisis Intervention Team Training, Cook County Sheriff's Bureau of Training and Education

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Keynote Speaker

Brian Donovan, Filmmaker, Actor, and Producer – Kelly’s Hollywood: A Candid Portrayal of a Sibling Relationship

Brian Donovan is the creator of the award winning documentary, Kelly’s Hollywood. Honest and raw, the film tells the intimate story of Brian, an aspiring actor who brings his sister Kelly, born with Down syndrome, out to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a Hollywood diva. But as her health begins to fail and she becomes increasing jealous of his fiancée, he is forced to confront his co-dependent sibling relationship and the threat it is posing to his engagement. Brian states: “There’s a saying, ‘love is the only true adventure’, I would add, ‘making a movie about love is the only true adventure’. When I picked up the camera 15 years ago and started shooting my sister Kelly, I didn’t have much of an agenda. I was capturing moments in her life that intrigued and inspired me, but when those moments started to affect me more directly, I got more serious about making this film. I had a unique perspective on an intimate relationship with a disabled sibling, so intimate that my romantic relationships became increasingly complicated and constrained, leading me to this exploration on human connection, commitment and the choices in life that effect one’s fate.”

Brian has been a professional actor for more than 25 years in film, television, and radio. He has worked on-screen with such luminaries as Jim Belushi, Jim Carrey, and Angelina Jolie. He has been the voice of countless animated heroes. In addition, Brian has been the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Repertory Theater since 1994, producing and directing more than 50 inner-city high school workshops and live shows. He is also the creator, writer, and producer of the Mighty Me Training Camp ( a top ranking children’s self-empowerment program streamed by Discover Education for more than five years. Brian currently lives in Los Angeles with his family and dog, Cosmo.

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