Father filmmaker Ron Taylor started filming his son Micah in 1984, documenting his living with cerebral palsy. His life long commitment and 500+ hour library has made it possible to create Micah's Presents, a tapestry of film and video narrated by family members, teachers and caregivers. It reveals intimate details of the challenges that a family faces living with a child with severe disabilities. It also reveals the mutual benefits of being a caregiver as well as emphasizing what teachers can learn. Ron's constant filming together with Micah's innate talent and desire to make movies make it possible to tell this important story of the value of every human life.
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It is my absolute pleasure to recommend the movie “Not Easy Grow Up” by filmmaker Ron Taylor. “Not Easy Grow Up” tells the true story of Micah, a young man with significant disabilities making his way through the world. Micah’s story is inspiring, of course, but the movie is about so much more than his journey. It is the story of the people in Micah’s life – his family, his friends, his caregivers – and the efforts they make to ensure that Micah can experience all life has to offer in spite of his many challenges. Those stories are at times touching, funny, heartwarming, and occasionally sad. If it indeed takes a village to raise a child, “Not Easy Grow Up” takes the viewer into a village that is both unique and yet entirely relatable. The “villagers” in the movie are compelling characters who instantly endear themselves to the audience, and viewers are pulled into multiple interwoven story arcs that remain compelling throughout.
Micah has received services from Imagine! for many years. So, I know his story and what a remarkable person he is. That is why I feel qualified to say how impressed I am with Ron’s ability to tell Micah’s story in such a way that everyone can understand and feel like they are participants in Micah’s journey, not just those of us with an everyday view of this world.