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Teacher of Patience

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This film is available to stream worldwide.

Content advisory notice

Film contains some themes relating to strong language, murder, violence, and medical discussion.

This film will be playing at the AoDR 2024 Festival between the 5th – 21st January, 2024.

This film was selected at the AoDR 2024 Festival, and was available between the 5th - 21st January, 2024.

Programmer's Notes

The debate surrounding first responders in the US has been and continues to be an important topic, one often filled with hate and sorrow. This documentary takes a more proactive stance by shining a light on an often overlooked topic - disability education and awareness. We get to follow along heartfelt and tough moments in the lives of Emily Felter and her father, as they try their best to navigate a life with Down syndrome.




United States


28 minutes


Carmen Vincent

Cast & crew

  • Producer: Carmen Vincent
  • Cast: Emily Felter, Tom Felter, Tina Felter
  • Executive Producer: Heidi Reinberg
  • Editor: Carmen Vincent
  • Consulting Editor: Véronique Doumbé
  • Associate Producer: Evan Knowles
  • Camera: Carmen Vincent, Liz Wuerffel, Katelyn Calhoun
  • Sound Mixer: Zack Thorpe
  • Composer: Jason Arnold
  • Production Assistants: Willow Walsh, Carlos Luna, Andrew Redick
  • Online Post-Production Consultant: Brittany Alsot
  • Colorist: Allie Ames
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Cory Coken
  • Re-Recording Mixer: Jamie Vanadia
  • Sound Design: Jeff Ryan
  • Backgrounds Editor: Joseph Vnuck
  • Foley Artist: Katie Waters


Over 20 years after Emily Felter is diagnosed with Down syndrome, paramedic (and Emily's father) Tom develops a presentation to share her story with other first responders. As the Felters work to raise disability awareness, they come face-to-face with the struggles and joys of their daily lives.​