In 1964, a young pediatrician begins his residency at Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, only to discover that the institution is conducting Army-funded experiments on developmentally disabled children. Based on true events, Willowbrook addresses the awful conditions in which people with developmental disabilities were warehoused and the controversial research experiments that took place in the 1960s.
Length: 16 minutes
Director: Ross Cohen
Screenwriter: Andrew Rothschild
Producer: Jeremy Michael Cohen, May Iosotaluno, Ross Cohen
Editor: Evan Schrodek
Associate Producer: Aaron Acosta, Jordan Ledy
Director of Photography: James David Wall
Primary Cast: Patrick Heusinger, Larry Cedar, Zachary Winard
Ross Cohen was born and raised in Liverpool and moved to LA to earn his MFA in film at USC, where he interned with Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino. He was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production Grant to direct Willowbrook and is prepping his feature directorial debut to shoot in the fall.