Disability Awareness 2018, Film & Television
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Unique voices, diverse backgrounds highlighted at 2018 Superfest International Disability Film Festival
Superfest Disability Film Festival/Courtesy
Last Updated October 31, 2018
An already seated crowd filled up the dimly lit exhibition-turned-screening room at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life on Oct. 20. The back wall was neatly lined with wheelchair users, accompanied by patrons sitting in the “chemical/scent free” seating area at the back corner of the audience. A poodle in a bright red vest was attentively focused on the two screens in front of them, one showing the first film of the evening and the other displaying a transcription of the dialogue and audio description of the feature.
For more than 30 years, the Superfest International Disability Film Festival has been a leader in modeling accessibility within the environment of the festival.
Hosted and produced by The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability and LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and centered around the mission of representing disability, Superfest provides a platform for underrepresented filmmakers to share their definitions, representations and artistry with a diverse range of attendees.