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Background Information

Employment History

The Bill Sackter Image Gallery

Screenwriter of Rain Man ,

Oscar-winning

Affiliations

Member
National Association of Social Workers

Member
ASA

Member
Autism Society of America

Member
The Arc

Board Member
Wheelchair Athletics Inc

Member
Association for Retarded Citizens

Web References (91 Total References)


The Humpty Dumpty Institute - Operation Iraqi Filmmakers

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The Sunday party at Mr. Megalos's home had been attended by several film veterans, including the director Jeremy Kagan and the Oscar-winning screenwriter Barry Morrow ("Rain Man"), who talked to the young men about their expectations, their scripts and the films they plan to make this summer in Iraq. (Bringing over female students was a cultural impossibility; young Iraqi women cannot travel with unrelated men.)

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"They're so hungry," Mr. Morrow said.
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Mr. Morrow said the Socratic method was best: "They were asking me, 'What do you think of Tarkovsky?' And you have to flip it. 'What do you think of Tarkovsky?' "


Featuring keynote speaker Barry ...

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Featuring keynote speaker Barry Morrow, the Oscar-wining director of Rain Man, workshops for actors and filmmakers, and more! Capitol Theatre, 211 N. 3rd. St.Burlington. (319) 257-3388.


Bios and Contact - Lane Wyrick Director - Peter Bloesch Composer

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After being approached by Academy Award Winning Screenwriter Barry Morrow in 2001 with the idea of creating a documentary about the real Bill Sackter, Wyrick spent several years researching, gathering photos, film & video footage, and discovering the heart of the story.


Bill Sackter's Story

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Barry Morrow

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Bill Sackter's life story was made famous by the award winning made-for-tv movie "Bill" (1981) starring Mickey Rooney as Bill, and Dennis Quaid as the young filmmaker Barry Morrow who had befriended Bill in 1972 and began filming their relationship and adventures.
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Since first meeting Bill Sackter over three decades ago, Barry Morrow's desire has always been to create a documentary about Bill Sackter.
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Working with a variety of film and video equipment as well as photographs Barry captured precious moments in his experience with Bill.
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Morrow went on to a successful Hollywood screenwriting career (he won an Oscar for "Rain Man"), and the source material has been in storage ever since.
Nearly three decades later, Barry met award winning documentary filmmaker Lane Wyrick at the Los Angeles premiere of his documentary "The Nazi Drawings" held at the Director's Guild Theater.
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Having met Wyrick previously, it was at this screening that Morrow passed the torch to Wyrick and chose him to take on this ambitious project.
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Photographs and film & video footage of Bill taken by Barry Morrow, Jack Doepke, Tom Walz and others during his life are mixed with interviews of the people who were closest to him with some recreations of Bill as a 7-year-old boy being sent to the institution after his father died.
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Barry Morrow is one of Bill's closest friends. Barry met Bill at a staff Christmas Party at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis where Bill had been employed as a dishwasher.
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Immediately a friendship grew, and Barry took Bill around town and out to nightclubs where his friend Jack Doepke performed.
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Barry began shooting videotape and Super 8 film footage of Bill, finding him to be a great subject for a documentary, but after a bad experience in taking Bill back to the institution for the film, Barry put the project on hold.
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Barry began shooting videotape and Super 8 film footage of Bill, finding him to be a great subject for a documentary, but after a bad experience in taking Bill back to the institution for the film, Barry put the project on hold.
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After being offered a job in Iowa City, Barry had to leave Bill because Bill was a ward of the state of Minnesota.
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In an unprecedented move, Barry instead petitioned to become Bill's legal guardian and brought Bill with him to Iowa City.
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With Barry's help Bill made a full recovery and Bill soon became a celebrity with the help of Barry, Tom Walz and others in the community.
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Barry Morrow was honored by winning an Emmy for writing "Bill", and later an Academy Award for writing "Rain Man".
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Barry has enjoyed a successful career as a writer and more recently, as a producer. Member of The Arc, the National Association of Social Workers , and the Autism Society of America , Morrow is a lifelong advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities.
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Dr. Tom Walz had been a teacher of the ambitious young Barry Morrow while in Minneapolis, and when Walz was hired as the Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa, his first thought was to bring Morrow along to add vibrancy to the department.
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Dr. Tom Walz had been a teacher of the ambitious young Barry Morrow while in Minneapolis, and when Walz was hired as the Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa, his first thought was to bring Morrow along to add vibrancy to the department.
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Barry informed Tom that Bill would be part of the package, so Tom pulled strings to allow Bill to work in the department.
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Jack Doepke met Bill through friends Bev & Barry Morrow.
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After Barry decided to move to California, Jeff became Bill's legal guardian.
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When Bill moved to Iowa to live with Barry Morrow, Bill's new life was just about to begin.
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Eventually, Tom and Barry came up with the idea to have Bill serve coffee in an unused room at the college.


The Making Of A Friend Indeed - The Bill Sackter Story

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In 2001, I met with Academy Award Winning Screenwriter Barry Morrow (Rain Man) at the Los Angeles Premiere of my documentary The Nazi Drawings to discuss with him a project he held dear to his heart. After viewing my documentary, he said to me that he wanted me to create a new feature length documentary project about a man named Bill Sackter, and that it was a project he had been hoping to see produced for over twenty years.

Barry Meets Bill Sackter
Barry & Bill In the early 1970s the youthful Barry Morrow met an older man in Minneapolis who was friendly but very disheveled in appearance, someone who in Barry's words could have been easily overlooked as a 'bum'. His name was Bill Sackter, and he and Barry, and his wife Beverly became fast friends. Barry had been dabbling in video and film production at the time, and began chronicling Bill's life with whatever camera equipment he could get his hands on.
He found a man who was abandoned in the state institution for nearly his entire life - 44 years to be exact - for mild mental retardation, and never saw his family again.
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By this time Barry and others had taken hundreds of photos and hours of film and video footage of Bill, and Barry decided it was time to make a documentary about Bill.
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By this time Barry and others had taken hundreds of photos and hours of film and video footage of Bill, and Barry decided it was time to make a documentary about Bill.
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His proposal was greeted with enthusiasm and his documentary idea was instead turned into the now famous made-for-television movie 'Bill'(1981) starring Mickey Rooney (as Bill) and a young Dennis Quaid (as Barry).
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(Dennis Quaid, Bill Sackter, Barry Morrow at Golden Globe Awards)
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Nearly 25 years since his passing, after being deeply immersed in all the original footage, photograph, articles, memorabilia, etc. that have been locked up in storage until now, I have taken over where Barry left off to complete the real life documentary of Bill Sackter.
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Lane Wyrick, Barry Morrow, Peter Bloesch and Jack Doepke on stage

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