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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Disabilities in Films and Other Media


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Jan, 27,
Disability-Rights Movement Takes Spotlight at Sundance
NYTimes picked up Associated Press coverage and kept headline DISABILITY-RIGHTS MOVEMENT TAKE SPOTLIGHT AT SUNDANCE. This is a game changer!! Congrats Jim LeBrecht​, Sara Bolder​ Nicole Newnham Malarkey​, The Heumann Perspective with Judith Heumann​, Denise Sherer Jacobson​, Neil Jacobson​, Corbett OToole​, Ann Cupolo Freeman and the whole team at Higher Ground Productions. Lead On!
Sundance spotlight/tidal wave of advocacy includes authentic Deaf/disability leaders/storytellers - Lawrence Carter-Long​, David Radcliff​ Nic Novicki​, Jade Bryan​, Danny Woodburn​ - thanks to The Ruderman Family Foundation​ for partnering with Sundance to insure accessibility.
As the nation ramps up to ADA30, CRIP CAMP is a cinematic milestone in the history of disability in media - the Disability Narrative Imperative at its very best -- check it out:

Jan, 15,
Short Film about Playground Inclusion wins International Acclaim

Oct. 15,
Sprout Film Festival returns to Cheverly, Maryland
A quick note to make you aware that the Sprout Film Festival, showcasing short films featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will take place in Cheverly, Maryland on Wednesday, October 16th.
The festival, presented by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will take place at the Publick Playhouse – 5445 Landover Road Cheverly, MD.
Check out the trailer of the film festival at:
There will be two showings:
First showing: 11:00am – 12:00pm / Second showing: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Admission is FREE.
Reserve tickets on-line at, for more information call Voice: 301-277-1710 or TTY: 301-699-2544.

April 30,
Barack & Michelle Obama’s new production company, Higher Ground, announced 7 projects for netflix incl #CripCamp, a feature docs about a ramshackle summer camp for #disabled teenagers many of whom later helped launch the #disability rights movement.

April 26,

Short Film Competition View 2018 Finalists! Oct. 4, 2018 Counting down to Cinema Touching Disability! Jennifer Bracy, CTD Film Fest volunteer For the past 15 years, we’ve been honored to bring you cross-disability cinema; thanks for making Cinema Touching Disability the longest running and most successful disability film event in Texas!

Oct. 18, 2018
Tomorrow: Not Impossible (CC Version) from Charles Schwab on Vimeo.
Check out this short film about @NotImpossible Labs. They use "crowd-sourced technology to tackle some of humanity’s biggest challenges across the globe." Captioned & presented by @CharlesSchwab.

May 5,

2018 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Finalists: Best Awareness Campaign

Film Challenge aims to change view of disabled

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