Taking the idea of 'DIS/able' – Dismantling ableism within mainstream filmmaking. DIS/Able will be showcasing how "dis"abled filmmakers subvert the film-making process to be more inclusive of their accessibility needs. Filmmaking as a whole should be more accessible to people like us but somehow it continues to not be.
Acknowledging that film-making is expensive, hard, takes a lot of energy, gruelling even on able bodied people. Furthermore it's history is steeped in colonization, patriarchal relations and white supremacy. DIS/able looks to remedy this by telling a completely different narrative on film-making.
I feel like film-making as a form is actually very inclusive, more about community and advocacy. I think it says a lot that there is a lack of disability representation out there despite how accessible technology has become. The goal of this panel is to show how accessible film-making IS, and help re-imagine a future were we are at the table leading and guiding a more equitable, inclusive and decolonized way of making films.
I was hoping by curating a panel of genius DIY filmmakers and deconstructing their process that it would help inspire more undiscovered filmmakers to the table and inspire mentorship programs to target under served populations.
Program Still: My Bones Bleached White by Catherine Jones