Think of Me First as a Person

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Think of Me First as a Person
Directed by George Ingmire
Starring Dwight Core (voice)
Dwight Core Jr.
Cinematography Dwight Core
Edited by George Ingmire
Release date
  • 2006 (2006)
Country United States
Language English

Think of Me First as a Person is a documentary film and home movie about Dwight Core, Jr., a boy with Down syndrome. The footage was originally shot throughout the 1960s and '70s by Core's father, Dwight Core, Sr. The footage was later discovered and completed by the filmmaker's grandson, George Ingmire.

The film was first shown at New Orleans' 2006 Home Movie Day. Later that year, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, an honor bestowed every year to twenty-five films deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The Library of Congress's statement announcing the 2006 additions to the Registry called the film a "loving portrait by a father of his son with Down syndrome" that represented "the creativity and craftsmanship of the American amateur filmmaker."[1]

The film's title comes from the 1974 Rita Dranginis poem of the same name.


  1. ^ "Librarian of Congress Adds Home Movie, Silent Films and Hollywood Classics to Film Preservation List", The Library of Congress, 27 December 2006. Retrieved on 2007-01-01.

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