SuperFest 2013: Disability Stereotypes in Movie History

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This is a post about a film festival in San Francisco. Movie clips about people with disabilities will be shown. The audience will vote on the films. It will be held on Saturday, October 12 at 3543 18th Street at the Women’s Building. (The building is between Valencia and Guerrero Streets in San Francisco.)

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If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area on the evening of Saturday, October 12, 2013 you are in for a treat. That night at 7:00 pm, two venerable San Francisco disability institutions will be hosting the Superfest International Disability Film Festival. It promises to be a great event for film buffs, disability activists and pretty much anyone who is ready for a fun evening of stereotype-busting. The Law Office of Lainey Feingold is proud to be a community sponsor of this important cultural evening. Jump to Event Details and Ticket Information

Superfest 2013 will feature the “Dissies” — a sort of “reverse award” event recognizing the more “regrettable representations of disability” in movies. The local disability community has already nominated the films. The Dissies will give the audience a chance to experience and vote on the worse clips from film history — portraying disabled people as objects of pity, tear-inducing women and men of wonder, and everything in between.

By naming those moments for the negative, ridiculous and hurtful representations that they are, the Dissies promise to rob the old stereotypes of their power, and remind us of progress made, needed cultural awareness remaining. By watching these clips with a community of like-minded people, the evening is also guaranteed to be fun and entertaining!

The San Francisco LightHouse and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, event organizers, have put together a great evening which will include startling and laughable (or at least cringe-worthy!) film clips, audience participation and Dissie voting, popcorn, beer and wine. Lawrence Carter-Long, Executive Director of Disabilities Network and a well-known media spokesperson on disability issues will be the evening’s MC. Read “Why the Dissies?, a post by Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability Director Catherine Kudlick.

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Event Details and Ticket information

Come to Superfest! The event will be held in San Francisco’s Women’s Building located at 3543 18th Street between Valencia and Guerrero Streets in San Francisco, CA. It is about five blocks from the 16th and Mission Bart station.

Doors open at 6:00 and the films start at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased online for $10.00 plus a nominal handling fee. No one turned away for lack of funds. Purchase tickets on line

History of Superfest

According to the website of its earlier sponsor, the Superfest International Disability Film Festival is the longest running festival of its kind in the world. After starting in Los Angeles in the 1980s, the festival was transferred to the Bay Area in 1998. Operated as a project of the organization now known as Culture, Disability, Talent, annual film festivals were held in Berkeley 1998-2011. In 2013 the festival was transferred to the Paul K. Longmore Institute and the San Francisco LightHouse, and the new partnership is launching the very first “Dissies.”