The Collector of Bedford Street

An Academy Award® nominated short film about a neighbor with a disability and a community with a plan.
Year Released
Film Length(s)
34 mins
Closed captioning available Audio description available
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The Collector of Bedford Street is an Academy Award® nominated short documentary that follows the filmmaker's 60 year old neighbor, Larry Selman, a community activist and fundraiser who has an intellectual disability. Every year, Larry collects thousands of dollars for charities while living at the poverty line. When Larry’s primary caregiver becomes unable to care for him, his New York City neighborhood community rallies together to protect his independent lifestyle by establishing an adult trust fund in his behalf.

Director Commentary

Every month, director Alice Elliott curates Trusted Source, a newsletter featuring short, engaging and well-produced videos and multimedia about people with disabilities. She also suggests how to use this media for training, education and outreach.

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Features and Languages

Film Features

  • Audio Description
  • Closed Captioning
  • DVD Extras
  • Subtitles
  • Resources for Educators

Subtitle/Caption Languages

  • French
  • Spanish

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