The documentary film 'My Favorite Child' by Roger M. Richards is the story of Dwight Core, Jr. and his family.
A home movie shot decades ago by his father Dwight Core, Sr., portrays the love a boy with Down syndrome shares with his four sisters, but also a heartache common to the era's disabled: leaving home for an institution.
The little boy, Dwight Core, Jr., grew into a tall, 48-year-old man who enjoyed coloring and watching television in the living room of the Ocean View section of Norfolk, Virginia home he shared with one of his sisters, Cindy Klingler.
The old film might all still be sitting in a dusty box somewhere if not for Dwight Sr.'s grandson, George Ingmire. In 1995, he started rummaging through a tangle of film spools he inherited after his grandfather's death.
Instead, an unexpected audio tape caught his attention. On it, his grandfather's voice is telling a story. Trying to explain. Describing his son, Dwight Core Jr., Ingmire's uncle.
Ingmire pulled film strips from the box, held them up to a lamp and soon found footage of a boy with a buzz haircut that seemed to go with his grandfather's audio tape. Then images of four other children: the sisters to the boy, one of them Ingmire's mother. He began piecing the film and the words together.In December 2006, decades after filmmaker Dwight Core, Sr. shot the first frame, the film about his son, entitled "Think of Me First as a Person", won a special honor: one of only a handful of amateur movies accepted into the Library of Congress.
In 2007, filmmaker Roger M. Richards brought the story of Dwight Core, Jr. to the present, documenting him as a grown man and the continuing love and devotion of his sisters to their brother.
In October 2008, Dwight Core, Jr. passed away.