Beau Shines at Sundance


Our great adventure began nearly seven months ago as the sun rose on a field covered in waist high grass and morning dew.  In the hills of West Virginia, surrounded by cameras and crew, Beau began filming what he would forever refer to as “his movie”, LITTLE ACCIDENTS.

What brought us to this moment in time is what I believe to be an answered prayer – an opportunity for Beau to carve out his own place in the world.

As the cameras rolled, Ben & I stood in amazement watching our little boy transcend the reality of what surrounded him and transform into an actor.  Grasping tightly to the hand of a young man that Beau was proud to call his “brother”, Beau and Jacob became the Briggs brothers.

For the next six weeks, Beau poured himself into the experience of movie making.  From memorizing his lines to taking direction, Beau proved to himself and everyone else that he was not only capable of the job, but worthy.

As a boy with Down syndrome, these affirming sentiments are often reserved for his peers that can run faster and jump higher, but on the set of LITTLE ACCIDENTS, Beau had his chance to shine.

And he’s been shining ever since – never more brightly than this past week when LITTLE ACCIDENTS made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. 


I can’t begin to describe what it felt like to see our little boy appear larger than life on a movie screen or to see him walk the red carpet, but I can tell you that because of this experience Beau has not only carved out a place in the world for himself, he has shown the world that having Down syndrome is just one of the things that makes him extra special.



See Beau’s SUNDANCE experience captured on video by his sister, Emma Grace, by clicking the link below.


2 responses

  1. Wow! How exciting! Beau made it to the red carpet in Utah! Way to go! Not bad for a kid of any age! Whoo…hoo.. We are clapping for you!

    And Emma – what great videos! I had to watch them all. You are really good at film making!

    Love you all…hope you got back from Utah safely, .aunt barb and uncle drew ________________________________________

  2. Hi there,

    I hope this finds you well. I stumbled on your site thankfully, and was very moved. I am a proud supporter of Best Buddies International and its affiliate organizations. Emma’s video was so delightful to watch and I embedded it in a post of mine about Spread the Word to End the Word (

    Thank you for sharing your story and warmest wishes to you all.

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