Undraborn: Extraordinary Child consists of an exhibit of photographs, a book of 75 photographs by Mary Ellen Mark, with 14 photographs by Ivar Brynjólfsson, paintings and drawings by the children from Öskjuhlíðarskóli and Safamýrarskóli, and Martin Bell's film Alexander.
Transcript of the film Alexander
ALEXANDER a film by Martin Bell
ALEXANDER
2006, 40 min
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Alexander at a birthday party for his friend Glottis.

Reykjavik, Iceland, 2006
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Alexander Ólafur B. Ólafsson
Steinunn Sigurd Gyða Rán Arnadóttir
Páll Hjaltason Soffía Friðbjarnardóttir
Edda Jónsdóttir Gudlauger
Sigurður Árnason Rocky
Sigríður Teitsdóttir  

All the children & teachers at Öskjuhlíðarskóli, Safamýrarskóli & Lyngás Center for the Disabled
CAST
"Alexander was to be our best man. We had decided that he would wear a tie. It was a new experience for him. He also has a fascination for knots and that knot was very interesting. He wasn't just going to look at it, he was going to see if he could untie it almost immediately."

Thingvellir, Iceland, 2007
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PRODUCTION
Greene House Studio Presents

A Film Commissioned by
The National Museum of Iceland

Dedicated to
Alexander, Páll & Steinunn

With Deepest Gratitude to
All the Children, Parents & Teachers at Öskjuhlíðarskóli, Safamýrarskóli & Lyngás Center for the Disabled

Special Thanks to
Edda Jónsdóttir Ólafur B. Ólafsson
Sigurður Árnason Soffía Friðbjarnardóttir
Sigríður Teitsdóttir Gyða Rán Arnadóttir
Þóra Guðrún Skúladóttir Valgerður Jónsdóttir
Kristinn Jónsson  

Thanks to
Margrét Hallgrímsdóttir
General Director National Museum of Iceland
For Initiating & Leading the Extraordinary Child Project

Sponsored by
Glitnir Bank

Thanks to
Meredith Lue Bryndís Sverrisdóttir
Julia Bezgin Inga Lára Baldvinsdóttir
Brigitte Grignet Anna Guðný Ásgeirsdóttir
Valery Jung Hulda Guðmundsóttir
Chris Franklin Halldór Lárusson
Craig Street Bjarki Reyr Ásmundsson
Prudence Heisler Ragnar Axelsson
Nancy Baker Dagný Annasdóttir
Ágústa Kristófersdóttir Erla Gunnarsdóttir
Einar Falur Ingólfsson Birna Björnsdóttir
Ingibjörg Jóhannsdóttir  

Color Correct
Chris Ryan - Nice Shoes

Sound Re-Record Mixer
Tom Paul - The Cottage

Title Design
Diana Haas

A Film by
Martin Bell

Produced by
Martin Bell & Mary Ellen Mark

© Copyright 2007 Greene House Studio Inc

All Rights Reserved
www.greenehousestudio.com
Music

Slanga Langa
Written & Performed by
Ólafur B. Ólafsson

Everything Changed

Written & Performed by
Robert Aceto

Litli tónlistarmaðurinn
Written by
Freymóður Jóhannsson
Performed by
Vilhjálmur & Ellý Vilhjálms

Kim
Written & Performed by
Ólafur B. Ólafsson

Drýpur Dropp
Written & Performed by
Ólafur B. Ólafsson

Friðarreiturinn
Written & Performed by
Ólafur B. Ólafsson

Bibi No Aozora
Written by
Ryuichi Sakamoto

Við Gengum Tvö
Written by Friðrik Jónsson
Performed by Þuríður Guðmundsdóttir

Seven Jumps
Arranged by Henner Diederich
Used with friendly permission by FIDULA, Germany
www.fidula.eu

Nú Haustar Að
Lyrics by Vilborg Dagbjartsdóttir
Written & Performed by
Ólafur B Ólafsson

Be My Baby Tonight
Performed by Norah Jones
Written by Bob Dylan

Óskastund
Written by
Aðalsteinn Ásberg Sigurðsson
Performed by
Valgerður Jónsdóttir

Alexander
Written & Performed by
Glenn Patscha
In late August 2005, Einar Ingolfsson, photo editor of the Morgunblaðið newspapers in Reykjavik, Iceland, assigned Mary Ellen Mark four photo stories. Mark insisted on shooting one of the stories at a school for disabled children, Öskjuhlíðarskóli. It was there, in a swimming pool, that Mark first met Alexander. They instantly hit it off.

Later that same day Mark went to the showroom of fashion designer Steinunn. Steinunn recognized Mark and asked what she was doing in Reykjavik. Mark told her she had just photographed at Öskjuhlíðarskóli, and had met an extraordinary 11 year old boy.

Steinunn asked what the boy’s name was.

Mark said, "Alexander."

Steinunn said, "Alexander is my son."

And that is how the project Extraordinary Child was started. Mark's photographs ran in the Morgunblaðið newspaper and received a strong reaction from their readers. The director of the National Museum of Iceland, Margrét Hallgrímsdóttir, called Mark and asked if she would return to Iceland and photograph their disabled children for the Museum. Martin Bell was also comissioned to make a short film.
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Complete Film: Alexander, 40 min