Independent filmmaker Kurt Neale is a native of Texas and has worked in 17 countries over the past 40 years as a filmmaker, photographer and storyteller. Kurt’s work unveils the complexities of sensitive subjects, provoking self-reflection while cumulating with the mysterious collision of truth and grace. Normie is his third feature documentary as director/producer.
Steve Vanderheide is an award-winning video producer living in Lakewood, CO. He has traveled across the world creating engaging visual media. In addition to his extensive portfolio of short films, Normie is his third feature documentary in collaboration with producer/director Kurt Neale.
Lead Cast, Production Intern
Lead cast member Annemarie Carrigan is a young millennial woman living with Down syndrome. Her raw and honest exploration of the illusion of normal in the documentary film Normie is endearing, inspiring and sometimes heartbreaking. It is also relatable to all persons that ask the question–What is normal?
Co-Producer, Marketing Director
Katie is a creative entrepreneur, writer, and artist. Normie is her first film project. She is passionate not only about helping individuals see worth and value in others, but also themselves. She lives in Dallas, TX with her husband Dave and three daughters, including Palmer, who has Down syndrome.
Julie played a minor role in Kurt’s previous documentaries, ASK and Compelling Love. Being part of the Normie team was a full immersion of her life and her time. Her involvement has deepened her empathy for those who are viewed as “different.” Julie and Kurt have been married for 40 years and have 2 adult children, Katie and Connor.
Assistant Producer, Project Manager
Dominique professionally owns her own business and works as a Consultant and Project Manager. Normie is her first film project. Dominique's passion is focusing on her volunteer and philanthropy work in the areas of Poverty Alleviation, Education, and Economic Empowerment. Dominique lives in Dallas, TX but is a true Chicagoan.
Connor was the information technologist and an assistant editor for Normie. He wore many different hats. Normie was his first film.