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Physical / Physiological Disability
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Physical / Physiological Disability

Abandoned to Their Fate: A History of Social Policy Toward People Labeled Severely Disabled
This program traces the origins of our social stereotypes and exclusionary practices toward people with disabilities. Drawing from scholarly records, institutional archives, original photography and popular media, the program focuses on the moral, aesthetic and economic policies that shaped the lives of people with disabilities. 1997. 29 min. DVD X3712

Able to Laugh
Enter the world of disability as interpreted by six professional comics--who happen to be disabled. This film examines the awkward ways disabled and able-bodied people sometimes relate to each other and examines how humor can remove the barriers of fear, guilt, vulnerability and misunderstanding. A film by Michael J. Dougan. 1993. 27 min Video/C 5805

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Access to Medical Care: Adults with Physical Disabilities
Offers physicians, dentists, nurses, social service and support staff, an introduction to crucial issues that affect the quality of care for patients with disabilities. It provides essential knowledge for appropriate provision of care and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and emphasizes access and communication as the fundamental components in addressing health care disparities for people with disabilities. Developed by World Institute on Disability, in collaboration with Center for Health Care Strategies, Kaiser Permanente Foundation, California HealthCare Foundation. c2007. 23 min DVD 8656

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Accessibility
An overview of how to produce a barrier-free building design which provides access to disabled individuals. Film contains a tour of a typical building from the perspective of a wheelchair user, details about ramps, an explanation of common myths about accessible design and information on The Americans With Disabilities Act. 1992. 30 min Video/C 3735

Across the Silence Barrier.
Considers the question of whether deafness should be viewed as a handicap to be overcome or a difference to be accepted. Takes a look at various individuals who have triumphed over the obstacles presented by their deafness. 1977. 57 min. 3/4" tape. NRLF B 4 175 147

Air Transport: New Rights for People with Reduced Mobility
As the Summer holidays approach a new European regulation will guarantee more rights for both the disabled and people with reduced mobility when they travel by air. Nearly one in five Europeans can require assistance for travelling or communicating. From July 2008, these people will have the right to assistance and certain services in all European Union airports, as well as on board aircraft operating throughout European territory. Luxembourg : Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, c2008. 5 min. DVD X1274

Annie Dearest: The Real Miracle Worker
Conceived by deaf lesbian performance artist and playwright Terry Galloway, 'Annie Dearest' is a video parody of The Miracle Worker. Galloway and her creative team take about 9 minutes to demolish the myth of the sainted relationship between Helen Keller and teacher Annie Sullivan; a myth that Galloway feels has inspired but intimidated generations of deaf and hard of hearing children who were force-fed The Miracle Worker. This short parody takes a humorous look at how Keller may have been taught by a not so patient Sullivan. The 2 minute apologia that follows is a satire of another sort. Featuring the lip-reading video creator and her signing stand-in, it offers a critique in the guise of contriteness-addressing the outrage the video frequently inspires. Screenplay, Terry Galloway, Donna Nudd. Produced and directed by Diane Wilkins. 2004. 8 min. Video/C MM1128

Anytown USA
A funny and eye-opening look into a hard-fought mayoral race between a legally blind, blunt-speaking, conservative Republican incumbent, a retired Democrat brought back into the fray and a legally blind write-in candidate, in the small town of Bogota, New Jersey. Directed by Kristian Fraga. 2005. 93 min. DVD 5874

Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya.
A documentary on the rehabilitation services and activities offered by the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya, a non profit, non-governmental organization started in Kenya in 1958. Directed and produced by Richard Quinn. 2002. 24 min. Video/C MM981

Attention Deficit Disorder: Adults.
Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder tell how this disorder has affected their lives and what treatments they have found to help them. Biofeedback treatment is demonstrated by Dr. Joel Lubar, and psychiatrists John Ratey and Ned Hallowell offer additional professional perspectives. 1995. 30 min. Video/C 4934

Best Storytellers in the West. (UCB student film)
examines the role of storytelling in deaf culture and shows deaf storytellers signing stories. 1994. 22 min. Video/C 3754

Big Enough
Filmmaker Jan Krawitz follows up on the dwarfs she interviewed for her 1982 award-winning film Little People, which chronicled the birth of a new consciousness among dwarfs as they struggled toward equal opportunity and self-esteem. Here, she finds out how the past twenty years have treated their hopes, expectations and fears. c2004. 53 min. DVD 4920

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Body and Soul
The story of the remarkable friendship between Diana Braun, who has Down Syndrome, and Kathy Conour, who has cerebral palsy. The two met over three decades ago, and have been roommates, friends, and partners in political activism ever since. Special features (31 min.): Sam Pollard interviews Elliott (2007?, 13 min.); interview with Diana & Kathy (1994, 6 min.); Kathy's commercial for United Cerebral Palsy (1988, 1 min.); 8 deleted scenes (11 min. total). Director and producer, Alice Elliott. Dist.: New Day Films. 2007. 40 min. DVD X3808

Body of War
Follows Tomas Young, an Iraq War veteran paralyzed from a bullet to the spine, on a physical and emotional journey as he adapts to his new body and begins to question the decision to go to war in Iraq. From soldier to anti-war activist, the film takes an unflinching view of the physical and emotional aftermath of war. This documentary unfolds on two parallel tracks. On the one hand, we see Tomas evolving into a powerful voice against the war as he struggles to deal with the complexities of a paralyzed body. And on the other hand, we see the historic debate unfolding in the Congress in 2002 about going to war in Iraq. Directed by Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue. c2008. 87 min. DVD X3832

Carruthers, Susan. "Bodies of evidence: new documentaries on Iraq War veterans." UC users only

Brain Injury Dialogues
Though he appears normal, Rick Franklin's brain injury has made his life anything but. Teaming up with veteran documentary maker and friend Lyell Davies, Rick explores the impact that brain injury has had on himself and other survivors and reveals helpful approaches to living with a brain injury. As they visit with brain injury survivors, invisible aspects of this disability become more clear; we see the wide range of deficits that survivors must face, both physically and mentally, and learn how no two brain injuries are alike. We also hear how survivors learn to deal with life after a brain injury by means of personal, medical, and even political strategies. Bonus feature: Brain injury survivor and disability studies professor, Mark Sherry speaking at the East Bay Brain Injury Support Group in Oakland, California (25 min.) Written and directed by Lyell Davies & Rick Franklin c2008. 52 min. DVD X4468

Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien.
Poet-journalist Mark O'Brien was stricken with polio in childhood and has spent most of his life in an iron lung. He describes how he has fought against illness and bureacracy for his right to lead an independent life and offers his reflections on college, work, sex, death, euthanasia, and God. Directed, and written by Jessica Yu. 1996. 35 min. DVD X334; Video/C 4841

Awards

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Short Subjects
International Documentary Association - Best Short Documentary

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A Brief History of Time. (1989)
Director, Errol Morris. In this film noted theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, explores his research into the farthest reaches of time and the universe against the backdrop of his life's story which includes his struggle with a progressive paralyzing disease. 1991 Video/C 2909

Stephen Hawking's Universe. Video/C 5441-5443

Bruce Bassett's "A House for Someone Unlike Me"
Documents the architectural design studio led by Ray Lifchez at the University of California, Berkeley as consultants with disabilities work with Lifchez, co-instructor Barbara Winslow and architectural students, in the midst of a creative and reflective design process, illuminated by personal stories of the consultants. c1984. 38 min. Video/C 8379

A Change in Perspective.
Profiles five people who lead productive lives because they stress ability over disability, including a community advocate for the disabled in Harlem and an Olympic wheelchair athlete. Examines the physical and social issues connected with spinal cord injury and disproves outdated attitudes about persons with disabilities. 1994. 30 min. Video/C 3737

Circus Freaks and Sideshows
Documentary examining the history of exhibiting human curiosities, from its origins in 1840s American Dime Museums to Amusement Park side-shows and circus spectacles of the sideshow, from P.T. Barnum's American Museum which featured every variety of human oddity to the last remaining sideshows at Coney Island. Looks at the exploitation of deformed/disfigured individuals vs. entertainment value and public demand. Includes commentary by historians with archival footage. Originally broadcast as a segment of the television series "History's mysteries" on the History Channel in 2000. 44 min. DVD 6857

Community Based Rehabilitation: For Persons with Disabilities in Embu Diocese
Community Based Rahabilitation Programme (CBR) of the Embu District of Kenya is a project of the Development and Social Services Department of the Catholic Diocese of Embu. The CBR works with key stake holders to promote inclusive education for disabled persons, lobby groups, transfer of skills, enterprise development, and play-groups for the young. Since its inception in 1986, the Embu CBR has managed to lobby, intervene for, integrate, empower, and create awareness on the rights of persons with disabilities. 2005. 29 min. DVD 7455

Danny and the Scatman
Examines the two parallel lives of Danny Kremer, a boy from Pittsburgh who aspires to be a filmmaker, and John "Scatman" Larkin, an established jazz musician, who's creative passions, lighhearted approaches to life and force of will allow them to surpass their speech impediments. A production of the Documentary Film Program at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley. Produced and directed by Peter Nicks. c1999. 27 min. Video/C MM728

Dax's Case
This gripping documentary poses the ultimate bioethical problem. Does a patient have the right to refuse treatment? Uses interviews and original video footage to examine the case of Donald (Dax) Cowart and his desire to die following severe burns over 65% of his body and the loss of his vision and hands. Considers a patient's right to refuse treatment and to die. Directed by Donald Pasquella. 1984. 58 min. DVD 6973

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Deaf Culture Series (1985)

Rules of Social Interaction.Provides an introduction to social interaction among deaf people. Includes introductions, attention-getting behavior, leave-taking behaviors, and information about TTY's. Each topic is introduced through the use of demonstrations, role playing, and interviews. 34 min. Video/C 3143

Values Describes some of the unique values subscribed to by deaf people and the deaf community. c1986. 40 min. Video/C 3144

Language and Traditions. This program discusses the use of special vocabularies in sign language and the relationship between language of the deaf and culture. 40 min. Video/C 3145

IdentityDiscusses group membership in a deaf culture and identity as a deaf person. 40 min. Video/C 3147

Group Norms. Discusses deaf culture and how deaf individuals interact with the environment. 40 min. Video/C 3146

Disability Ads Compilation Tape
Eighteen television advertisements featuring individuals with disabilities or public service announcements promoting respect for handicapped persons. Contents: K-Mart -- Wal-Mart -- Home Depot -- Liz (ESPN2) -- Budweiser Beer -- Nike (Craig Blanchette, Olympic medalist) -- Liberty Mutual -- AT&T (2 adds) -- IBM -- Dr. Scholls -- Spray n 'Wash -- Whiskas cat food (Marlee Matlin, actress) -- Dr. Pepper -- Red Lobster -- McDonalds (3 adds). 199?. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 15 min. Video/C 8054

Disability is Not Inability: Disability Through the Eyes of Anthony Muriithi
This documentary looks at the life of Anthony Muriithi, a paraplegic in Kenya who was crippled by polio since the age of two but has overcome the odds of disability to attain a university education. Anthony has left no stone untouched to accept his disability and lead a very normal life. "Disability is not inability" is the motto behind his motivational drive and is printed on the back of his wheelchair for all to see. Produced, directed and written by Richard Quinn and Sheila Joy Mulinya. 2004. 27 min. Video/C MM980

Dreams Spoken Here: A Documentary About Teaching Deaf Children to Speak and Listen
Illustrates how deaf children can learn to listen, speak and participate in normal activities alongside children with hearing. Presents a detailed exploration of oral deaf education from infancy through adolescence and adulthood, focusing on the critical early years. Includes information on educational techniques and technological advances in hearing aids and cochlear implants. 1995. 57 min. Video/C MM30

Erbkrank.
A silent film showing scenes of handicapped children and young adults in a detention facility in Germany in the 1940s. 25 min. Video/C 6929

Finding a Voice (Nova).
This program explores the speech disabilities of Dick Boydell. Dick was born with cerebral palsy and unable to say no more than yes or no for thirty years. This program explores the technology that has provided Dick with a "voice". Director, Sheila Hayman. 1982. 57 min. Video/C 403

Fixed
From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be 'better than human' and the radical technological innovations that may take us there. 2013. 60 min. DVD X9273

Freedom Machines.
Explores how human experience and new technological innovations are outpacing social policies. This program profiles four individuals who have overcome their disabilities or succeeded despite their physical conditions with the help of new technologies. 2004. 57 min. Video/C MM412

From Silence to Sound
A moving documentary about Justin Garrett, a completely deaf young man who, in 2006, agreed to undergo radical cochlear implant surgery that could possibly make him hear for the first time. Matthews follows Justin as he prepares for, submits to and recovers from the high-stakes surgery. Success will reverse Justin's condition, but failure will irrevocably destine him to a lifetime of total silence. Directed by Chase Matthews. c2007. 48 min. DVD X7065

F**k the Disabled: The Suprising Adventures of Greg Walloch
Part documentary, part concert film and part traditional comedy starring New York stand-up comedian Greg Walloch. Politically incorrect and politically challenging, much of Greg's act is based on his being openly gay and disabled. Timely and witty, Walloch makes the viewer question the term "disabled," as he pokes fun at religion, society, his friends and himself. 2001. 83 min. DVD 1185

Genghis Blues
This documentary tells the story of a blind blues singer, Paul Pena, and his triumphant trek to the forgotten land of Tuva seeking the mysterious art of throat singing, a seemingly impossible form of singing that produces multiple vocal tones simultaneously. He traveled to Tuva to live among the descendants of Genghis Khan and to compete in their triennial throat singing contest. Directed by Roko Belic. 1999. 90 min. DVD 414

Awards

San Francisco International Film Festival - Golden Spire, Bay Area Documentary
Sundance Film Festiva - Audience Award

Going to School (Ir a la escuela)
Documentary focuses on experiences of several disabled students of Hispanic descent in Los Angeles attending their neighborhood public schools rather than schools for students with special needs. The role of parents as advocates, including their successes and frustrations, is especially emphasized, as well as the need for educators to become more aware of particular challenges that students with disabilities face at school. Producer, director, editor and narrator, Richard Cohen. 2001. 64 min. Video/C MM1006

Gray's Anatomy
This diary of a compulsive homeopathic ex-christian scientist takes a comical look at Spalding Gray's middle-age problems including a rare and mysterious eye condition, and his pursuits into alternative healing, including a Native American sweat ceremony, a debilitating raw vegetable diet, and a trip to the Philippines to try out the "Elvis Presley of psychic surgeons." Directed by Steven Soderbergh; written and performed by Spalding Gray. 1997. 80 min. DVD 5774
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Handicapped Future (Behinderte Zukunft?).
A documentary dealing with the situtation of handicapped children in Germany and their chances of developing their talents and participating in society. He contrasts the different treatments received by the disabled in Germany and the United States. A film by Werner Herzog. 1971. 43 min. DVD 6502

Hell and Back Again
From his embed with US Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan, photojournalist and filmmaker Danfung Dennis reveals the devastating impact a Taliban machine-gun bullet has on the life of 25-year-old Sergeant Nathan Harris. The film seamlessly transitions from stunning war reportage to an intimate portrait of one man's personal struggle after suffering a life-threatening injury to return to his home in North Carolina, where he confronts the physical and emotional difficulties of re-adjusting to civilian life with the love and support of his wife. Bonus features: Audio commentary with director Danfung Dennis and editor Fiona Otway, Technical gear demo: how Hell and back again was filmed, Willie Nelson's "Hell and back" slide show, deleted scenes. Directed & filmed by Danfung Dennis. 2011. 88 min. DVD X7146

Home Front
To date, nearly 20,000 American troops have been wounded in the war in Iraq. This film gives a face and a voice to these underrepresented soldiers and their families, told intimately through the Feldbusch family of Pennsylvania and their wounded son Jeremy. The result is an insightful view of how Jeremy and other "wounded warriors" of the Iraq War are reconstructing their lives, with courage and determination to face a new, altered self. Home Front gets behind the often-sanitized myth of war to reveal its true complications and costs. Directed, produced, written and edited by Richard Hankin. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2006. 93 min. DVD X1904; DVD 6420

The Impossible Takes a Little Longer.
Presents the stories of four highly accomplished, seriously disabled women whose sense of optimism, determination, self-acceptance, and self-worth have helped them cope with their handicaps. Also shows some of the advanced-technology devices that can assist disabled people. 1988. 46 min. Video/C MM900

In the Land of the Deaf
Documentary explores deaf life and culture in France, and the growning controversy involving "curing" deafness. Includes portraits of a charismatic sign language teacher and a women treated as mentally ill because her hearing problem was misdiagnosed, a young man who remembers the first horrifying experience of hearing with an aid, and a newlywed deaf couple trying to communicate with a real estate agent. A film by Nicolas Philibert. c1994. 99 min. DVD X6651; Video/C 4866

Awards
Peabody Award

An Introduction to American Deaf Culture, 1. Rules of Social Interaction.
Provides an introduction to social interaction among deaf people. Includes introductions, attention-getting behavior, leave-taking behaviors, and information about TTY's. Each topic is introduced through the use of demonstrations, role playing, and interviews. c1985. 34 min. Video/C 3143

An Introduction to American Deaf Culture, 2. Values.
Describes some of the unique values subscribed to by deaf people and the deaf community.c1986.n. Video/C 3144

An Introduction to the Deaf Community.
Provides a basic overview of the culture of deaf people and American sign language in America. Explores stereotypes of deaf persons, provides tips and pointers to hearing individuals on communicating with deaf persons, provides information about national and international organizations of and for deaf people, and suggests employment opportunities. 25 min. Video/C 3142

Jake's Life.
Presents a portrait of profoundly disabled five-year-old Jacob Daniel Edelson and his family. Set in Canada but directly relevant to the U.S., the film confronts the effects of cutbacks to health care on children with disabilities through Jacob's family's ongoing battle to secure and defend the public health care services necessary to their son's survival. 1995. 33 min. Video/C MM698

John and Michael
The filmmaker pursues a deeper understanding of Downs Syndrome examining issues of esteem and disability. Directed by Shira Avni. 2009. 10 min. DVD X4506

The Key of G
A documentary telling the story of Gannet Hosa-Betonte, a 22-year-old man with severe disabilities, as he prepares to move out of his mother's home and into a San Francisco apartment with three musicians and artists as primary caregivers. Gannet (or 'G', as his friends call him) was born with Mowat-Wilson Syndrome, a genetic condition which results in a myriad of physical and developmental disabilities with symptoms resembling autism. The film provides a model of how someone with serious disabilities can be integrated into the community and live a truly full life. Along the way, it challenges conventional notions about independence, empathy, and disability, and provides a glimpse into a kind of life seldom seen. Partial Contents: The caregivers -- Looking back -- Out in the world -- A new caregiver -- Ama calls -- Headache -- Moving -- First night, next morning -- Life at the apartment -- Road trip -- Donal talks -- Couldn't be better -- Eye doctor -- Caregivers together -- Donal makes a pie -- Eye problems -- Surgery -- Back home. Special features: classroom version of the film (28 min.); additional information about Gannet's condition and care (text feature) ; 2 deleted scenes (2 min. total); "Manual journey", short film about Gannet by Arnold (c2003, 3 min.). Director, producer, Robert Arnold. Dist.: New Day Films. 2007. 59 min. DVD X7267

King Gimp
An Academy Award winning documentary that chronicles the life of Dan Keplinger who has cerebral palsy, from his childhood through his early twenties. A film by Susan Hadary, Bill Whiteford. 1999. 49 min. Video/C 7283

Awards

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Peabody Awards

Kiss My Wheels
Follows the Zia Hot Shots, a nationally ranked junior wheelchair basketball team, through a season of training and tournament competition. This co-ed group of adolescent athletes deals with gender conflicts, injury, illness, living with disability, and thoughts of death. Directed by Miguel Grunstein. Presented at the International Latino Film Festival held in the San Francisco Bay Area. c2002. 57 min. Video/C MM1265

Land of Silence and Darkness: From the Life of Deaf-blind Fini Straubinger (Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit: aus dem Leben der taubblinder Fini Straubinder)
A documentary about 56 year-old Fini Straubinger, blind and deaf since her teens, who has dedicated her life to helping the similarly afflicted. From their first flight on an airplane to a day at a petting-zoo, the film captures the joys and struggles of those who have been isolated from the world around them. Director, Werner Herzog. 1971. 85 min. DVD 4109; also DVD 6502

Liebe Perla
During the Nazi regime, Dr. Josef Mengele conducted "scientific" experiments on and shot "research" footage of a Jewish family of dwarfs. Fifty years later, Hannelore, a short-statured woman born in post-war Germany, set out on a quest to locate the films. During the process, she befriended the only surviving family member, Perla, an actress, now living in Israel. A film by Shahar Rozen. 1999. 53 min. Video/C MM1144

Little People. Big World(TV, 2006)
Matt and Amy Roloff are little people who are just four feet tall, but they are determined to make it on their own terms as they raise a family of little and average sized children on their Oregon farm. The Roloffs confront many of the emotional and financial burdens that face any other family, from starting a new business to dealing with teenage rebellion, but are also forced to come up with unique and ingenious solutions to everyday tasks.

Season One: Disc 1. Living little -- Twins? -- Our little anniversary -- Fathers and sons -- Birthday girls -- Back to school -- Testing Zach -- One farm, two dreams -- Growing up -- Treb-u-what? Disc 2. Merry little Christmas -- New year, new plan -- Zach's future -- Try, try again -- Running with the pack -- Calm & chaos -- Zach's emergency -- Matt's big change -- First date -- Little kitchen, big future. Originally broadcast on television in 2006. 220 min. DVD X2706

Season Two: Disc 1: Twins at sixteen -- Organizing Amy -- Greenhouse effect -- Get out of town -- Roloffs in paradise -- Aloha, Roloffs -- Road to the daaa -- Game on! -- Little fort, big deck -- Disc 2: All decked out -- While Amy's away -- Zip to my lu -- Roloff Thanksgiving: part one -- Roloff Thanksgiving: part two -- Whole lotta little -- Big little conference -- Disc 3: Twin experience -- Little farm, big apple -- Mad about mules -- Twin trouble -- Matt on a mission -- Farm overload -- Trebuchet trouble. 486 min. DVD X2707

Lives Worth Living
Documents the Disability Rights Movement with narrations from the leaders, including the story of Fred Fay, an early leader in the disability rights movement in the United States. Through a combination of direct advocacy, grassroots organizing among the various disability rights communities, building cross-disability coalitions between disparate disability organizations, and using technology to connect otherwise isolated disability constituencies, Fay and others worked diligently to raise awareness and pass legislation advancing civil rights and independent living opportunities for people with disabilities across the United States. A film by Eric Neudel. 54 min. DVD X6842

Losing It
Disabled from childhood, Sharon Greytak travels from Russia to Hong Kong, to Italy, to Brazil--finally ending up in New York City. Throughout, she interviews the handicapped in an effort to see firsthand how other societies deal with the disabled. In many instances society is caught off guard by their physically handicapped citizens who must struggle with societal assumptions about disability. A film by Sharon Greytak. Dist. Cinema Guild. c2000. 90 min. Video/C 8926

Marwencol
After being brutally attacked outside a bar and in spite of recovering from a coma and extensive physical injuries, Mark Hogancamp suffered brain damage and nearly total memory loss. Unable to afford therapy he spent the next few years building a scale model, World War II-era town, Marwencol, populated with dolls, where he lived out his fantasy life, and which he documented in photographs. When his photographs were discovered by an art magazine, a New York gallery invited him to show his work, forcing him to choose between his self-contained world and the larger world from which he had retreated. Directed and produced by Jeff Malmberg. Dist.: The Cinema Guild. 84 min. DVD X7210

Materialien zur kontrastiven Grammatik DGS-Deutsch I: Singular Plural Ubereinstimmung bei Verben
A presentation of German sign language with a teacher and puppet demonstrating the signs. In German. PAL format. 1998. 18 min. Video/C 9079

A Mind of Your Own
Looks at the world of children and youth who are affected by learning disabilities through the stories of four young people, who don't allow learning difficulties to hold them back or get them down. With the support of family, teachers and their communities these kids have confronted and learned to cope with their disabilities while enjoying their own unique talents like singing and chess. c1999. Directed by Gail Sweeney. Dist.: National Film Board of Canada. 38 min. Video/C 9288

Monica & David
Monica & David : Explores the marriage of two adults with Down Syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs. Monica and David are blissfully in love and want what other adults have, an independent life. Full of humor, romance, and everyday family drama, intimate fly-on-the wall footage is used to reveal the complexity of their story. While Monica and David are capable beyond expectations, their parents, aware of mainstream rejection of adults with intellectual disabilities, have trouble letting go. Bonus features: Five deleted scenes -- "Employment in the community" (Looks at several employed individuals with Down Syndrome. Includes interviews with their managers.) / produced and directed by Alexandra Codina (2011, 8 min) Directed and produced by Alexandra Codina. 2011. 67 min. DVD X7161

Multi-handicapped(1986)
An extensive documentary showing the education and day to day activities of blind and multi-handicapped and sensory impaired students and their teachers, parents and counselors at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults. The film presents situations involving personal hygiene, mobility training, concepts of time and money, self help and independent living, dormitory life, recreation, sports, vocational training and psychological counseling. 1986. 120 min. DVD X7240; Video/C MM1074

Murderball (1989)
Directed by Henry-Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro. Cast: Keith Cavill, Andy Cohn, Scott Hogsett, Christopher Igoe, Bob Lujano, Joe Soares, Mark Zupan. A film about tough, highly competitive quadriplegic rugby players. These men have been forced to live life sitting down, but in their own version of the full-contact sport, they smash each other in custom-made gladiator-like wheelchairs. Tells the story of a group of world-class athletes unlike any ever shown on screen. In addition to smashing chairs, it smashes every stereotype about the disabled. Special features: Jackass presents: Murderball featuring Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O and Mark Zupan; CNN interview exclusive on Larry King Live; Player commentary; Filmaker commentary; 'Murderball': behind the game; Joe Soares update interview; New Y0rk City premiere - Keith recieves his rugby chair; Think MTV disability awareness; deleted scenes. Based on the article by Dana Adam Shapiro. 88 min. DVD 4851
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Awards
Full Frame Documentary Festival - Audience Award; Jury Award
Sundance Film Festival - Audience Award; Special Jury Award

Austin, Thomas. "Damaged bodies in documentary: Black Sun and Murderball." Studies in Documentary Film Volume: 4 | Issue: 1 June 2010 Page(s): 51-64 UCB users only
Barounis, Cynthia. "Cripping Heterosexuality, Queering Able-Bodiedness: Murderball, Brokeback Mountain and the Contested Masculine Body." Journal of Visual Culture, Apr2009, Vol. 8 Issue 1, p54-75, 22p UC users only
Lindemann, Kurt. "Murderball." Disability Studies Quarterly Spring 2006, Volume 26, No. 2
Michael Gard; Hayley Fitzgerald. "Tackling Murderball: Masculinity, Disability and the Big Screen." Sport, Ethics and Philosophy, Volume 2, Issue 2 August 2008 , pages 126 - 141 UC users only

My Flesh and Blood
This deeply affecting documentary tells the inspiring story of Susan Tom, a single mother caring for 11 adopted special-needs children. Susan who receives only limited help from the state, faces the seemingly impossible task of caring for her brood, somehow managing to give them love, hope and as close to a normal childhood as possible. Director, Jonathan Karsh. 83 min. 83 min. DVD 5427

Mystery of the Senses. Hearing (Hearing)
Much information and emotion is conveyed through our sense of hearing. In this program experience the eerie silence of the Arctic Circle where hearing is critical for survival. Find out why the Maori people in New Zealand have woven music into every aspect of their lives. Enter the high-tech sound studios designed by George Lucas and be there as a woman discovers what it's like to hear after decades of deafness through cochlear implant surgery. 1995. Video/C 3921

Not Quiet, Not Silent: A Deaf Student's Experience at a Mainstream Campus
By means of interviews with University of California, Santa Cruz faculty members who taught the classes she took, with fellow students, and with deaf student Ayisha Knight herself, shows how a deaf student is able, by means of interpreters, etc., to fit in very well in a mainstream university. 1993. 24 min. Video/C MM679

No Bigger Than a Minute
"My name is Steven. I am 48 years old and I'm a dwarf." Director Steven Delano explores dwarfism through images from movies, paintings, and popular culture and through his own experience as a "little person". Features tongue-in-cheek re-enactments and commentary by short-statured Hollywood stars such as Peter Dinklage ("The Station Agent") and Meredith Eaton ("Family Law") and musicians, rappers, comedians, novelists, doctors and ordinary folk. Directed by Steven Delano. 2006. 53 min. DVD 9244

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Nobody's Perfect
Niko von Glasow looks for eleven people who, like him, were born disabled due to the disastrous side-effects of Thalidomide, and who are prepared to pose naked for a book of photos --to allow those who regularly throw furtive glances at Thalidomiders and other physically disabled people, to take a good, long look. In the process, Niko discovers many fascinating characters who work in such diverse areas as politics, the media, sport, astrophysics and acting; extraordinary people who have learned to live with their disability to an impressive level of "normality". A film by Niko von Glasow. 2008. 83 min. DVD X2871
Planet of Snail
Follows the lives of Korean poet Young-Chan Cho, who is both deaf and blind, and his wife Soon Ho. Focuses on the couple's use of touch to communicate. 2011. 87 min. DVD X9151

The Power of 504.
In Spring, 1977, disabled individuals across the nation demonstrated to demand the implementation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The nationwide rallys evolved into sit-in demonstrations with over 100 protestors occupying the Federal Building in San Francisco for 26 days in conjuction with sit-ins in other major metropolitan areas, particularly in Washington D.C. This film follows the evolving demonstrations and sit-ins as disabled citizens demanded that regulations implementing civil rights for disabled Americans which had been delayed for over 4 years, be implimented immediately. 1997. 18 min. Video/C 5505

Pramila and Parvati
Explores perceptions of two visually disabled women in India who speak of their experiences of childhood, getting an education, finding employment, marriage and the challenges of parenting their sighted children. Also outlines the children's perception of blindness and their aspirations for the future. (PAL format). 199?. 35 min. Video/C 468

Praying with Lior
This film asks whether someone with Down syndrome can be a 'spiritual genius.' Many believe Lior is close to God - at least that's what his family and community believe, though he's also a burden, a best friend, an inspiration, and an embarrassment, depending on who is asked and when. As this moving and entertaining documentary moves to its climax, Lior must pass through the gateway to manhood--his Bar Mitzvah. Directed by Ilana Trachtman. 2008. 87 min. DVD X1459

Goessling, Deborah Peters. "Praying With Lior: The Myth or Reality of Intellectual Disability." Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Dec2009, Vol. 47 Issue 6, p466-468, 3p UC users only
Lederman, Faye. ""Praying with Lior": Toward an Inclusive Reimagining of Disability." Journal of Religion, Disability & Health, 2008, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p21-36, 16p UC users only

Prejudice: More Than Black & White
Muslims, blacks, gays, people with disabilities, and immigrants of every ethnicity and color: they and many other groups have stood in the spotlight glare of intolerance, easy targets for every sort of discrimination and violence. What makes people prone to irrational hate, and what steps can individuals and society take to eradicate it? In this program, psychology professors Susan Fiske and Mahzarin Banaji share their insights and experiences. A pro-gay Baptist minister who formerly took a biblical stance against homosexuality and an ex-imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who now speaks out for tolerance also offer their views. Contents: Defining prejudice -- Religious & ethnic prejudice -- Prejudice : a brief history -- The Roots of prejudice -- Implicit prejudice : taking the test -- Embracing tolerance : a case study -- Creating change : a reason of hope. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2008. DVD X5136

The Red Chapel (Det røde kapel)
A one-of-a-kind documentary that reveals the injustices of North Korea with a hilariously dark wit ... a trio of Danish comedians, who call themselves "The Red Chapel", pretend to be regime sympathizers and mount an absurd variety show in Pyongyang. This stunt is led by the acerbic director Mads Brügger, and assisted by two Danish performers of Korean descent: bulky, tattooed, guitar-banging hipster Simon Jul, and his spiky-haired cohort Jacob Nossell, who has cerebral palsy and occasionally uses a wheelchair. Constantly shadowed by their guide, Mrs. Pak, they fake allegiance to Kim Jong-il and hope for "One Korea." Only Jacob is allowed to speak his mind. Suffering from cerebral palsy, his halting speech is impossible to translate, so he insults his socialist hosts and receives smiles in return ... an unconventional, hilarious and damning peek into a totalitarian nightmare. Directed by Mads Brügger. 2009. 88 min. DVD X5974

Rights of Passage
Documents the efforts of a community of disabled people in Berkeley, California who have spearheaded a national civil rights movement and provided a model of independent living. 1981 59 min. DVD 9112 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 216

Sayonara CP
Japanese documentary filmmaker Kazuo Hara offers an unsentimental portrait of a group of adults with cerebral palsy (CP). Outrageous, outspoken, and on the outside looking in, the group challenges taboos about physical differences and handicaps. Their protests, calls to action, and complaints raise dissent to a new level in a society that generally ignores or disregards the physically disabled. 1972. 82 min. DVD 8163

The Scary Lewis Yell-athon
Cast: Terry Galloway, Carrie Sandahl, Lori Violette, Sandy Halvorson. Kitty Dorris. A darkly comic look at televised charity telethons that raise funds to "help" people with disabilities. The Yell-athon features emcee Scary Lewis (and sidekick Dead McMahon), Little Lori Little, a baton twirler with cerebral palsy and Teensy Weensy Tiny Teena, the evening's inspirational cripple. Directed by Donna Marie Nudd and Diane Wilkins. 2004. 13 min. Video/C MM1133

Ser Isla
From 1916 to 1945, the occupying Japanese forced any Korean diagnosed with leprosy to live on Sorok Island, isolated from the Korean population. In 2005, approximately 700 lepers who are now cured, still live on the island where their deformities are accepted, rather than suffer rejection on the Korean mainland. This documentary about the value of human life reveals the hardships faced by these survivors and gives dignity to the stories of those who face each day with vigor in spite of their physical suffering and society's blind eye. Directed by Ihm Eun Hee. 2007. 66 min. DVD X7028

Sound and Fury
This documentary takes viewers inside the seldom seen world of the deaf to witness a painful family struggle over a controversial medical technology called the cochlear implant. Some family members celebrate the implant as a long overdue cure for deafness while others fear it will destroy their language and way of life. Through the families of two brothers, the film explores this seemingly irreconcilable conflict as it illuminates the ongoing struggle for identity among deaf people today. Director/executive producer, Josh Aronson. 2000. 56 min. DVD X3303; Video/C 7541

Description from Filmakers Library catalog

Through Deaf Eyes
Explores nearly 200 years of Deaf life in America, presenting a broad range of perspectives on what it means to be deaf. The film is propelled by the stories of people, both eminent and ordinary, and examines such issues as the creation of schools for the deaf; the debate about American Sign Language; the campaign for a deaf-friendly telephone, the TTY; and the fight for a deaf president of Gallaudet Universtity. Six artistic works by Deaf media artists are woven throughout the documentary that compliment the core of the film. A film by Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey. Special features: Short films by deaf filmmakers ; the making of Through Deaf Eyes featurette ; filmmaker interview ; historic films. Short films: Listen / Kimby Caplan -- Vital signs / Wayne Betts, Jr. -- Destination eyeth / Arthur Luhn -- Equilibrium / Andrean Mangiardi -- That's my marshmallow / Tracey Salaway -- Audism / Rene Visc. 2007. 120 min. DVD 7922

Toward Universal Design.
This video examines evolving responsibilities of architects to meet needs of individuals with a variety of physical handicaps. 1993. 16 min. Video/C 2700

Tying Your Own Show
Tying your own shoes: Petra, Matthew, Katherine and Daninah offer an inside perspective about what it feels like to be born a little bit unusual. This animated documentary combines self-portraits with first-person narratives to challenge widely-held stereotypes about Down Syndrome ...presenting an artful, four-way essay about ability. John and Michael: The filmmaker pursues a deeper understanding of Downs Syndrome examining issues of esteem and disability. Directed by Shira Avni. 2009. 16 min. DVD X4506

Vom Reiche der sechs Punkte (Germany, 1927)
Directed by Hugo Rütters. Cast: Lotte Kleinschmidt, Robert Wirtz, Hubert Horbach, Josef Petri. This silent docudrama premiered in Düren, Germany on December 13, 1927. The story deals with a steel engineer who looses his sight and has to accept making a living as a blind man. The film features unique documentary footage of life and work within institutions for the blind in Cologne, Neuwied and Düren. 95 min. DVD X768
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We Shall Not Be Moved [Sound Recording]
In Spring, 1977, disabled individuals across the nation demonstrated to demand the implementation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The nationwide rallys evolved into sit-in demonstrations with over 100 protestors occupying the Federal Building in San Francisco for 26 days in conjuction with sit-ins in other major metropolitan areas, particularly in Washington D.C. This cassette contains interviews with the disabled leaders of the demonstrations, a synopsis of the strategies used by the activists, responses by government officials and press coverage of the sit-ins. Produced by Asata Iman for the 504 Sit-in 20th Anniversary celebration and commemoration, June 1, 1997. 60 min. Sound/C 1338

Weirded Out and Blown Away
Challenges the general public's attitudes toward physically disabled individuals as being either weaker or more courageous than the non-disabled. Interviews five young career people who have disabilities, talking about how non-disabled people perceive them in professional, social, and personal situations. A film by Sharon Greytak. 1985. Video/C 1125

When Billy Broke His Head, and Other Tales of Wonder
Bill Golfus, a radio journalist who became brain damaged ten years ago, set out to meet people with disabilities around the country creating this documentary about how the handicapped experience life in the United States. Candid, moving and often cuttingly funny personal interviews portray realities, hardships and coping mechanisms in the face of government bureaucracy and overwhelming odds. 1994. 57 min. DVD X333; vhs Video/C 5017

Description from Fanlight catalog

When the Mind Hears. (Series)

When the Mind Hears: An Interview with Harlan Lane An in-depth interview with the author of the book When the Mind Hears. Some of the topics discussed include information that Harlan gathered doing his research but did not or could not include in the book, personal insights and observations, and implications for the present and future. c1995. 55 min. Video/C 3129

My New Family In this film the story of the childhood and education of Laurent Clerc, a pioneer of deaf education, is described. When he was twelve, after being deprived of the opportunity to attend school, he went with his uncle on a week long journey to the National Institute for Deaf-Mutes in Paris. It was here that Laurent Clerc spent the next twenty years and met a young deaf man, Jean Massieu. "I knew that I would learn this new deaf language and that these people, this society of the deaf, would become my new family. c1993. 36 min. Video/C 3130

The Shepherd and the Symbol. This film examines the life and work of Jean Massieu. Describes Massieu's frustrated pleas to his father to be allowed to attend school, the kindness of a stranger that lead to his early education in Bordeau under the abbe Sicard and several dramatic examples of Massieu's decades-long friendship with and loyalty to the abbe Sicard. Jean Massieu was not only a friend and mentor of Laurent Clerc, but he was also "the first deaf teacher ever and a symbol worldwide of what a deaf man could achieve through education." c1993. 29 min. Video/C 3131

High Theater. This film tells the story of Abbe Roch-Ambroise Sicard, the teacher of Jean Massieu. As the successor to the Abbe de l'Epee, Sicard, along with Massieu, presented a petition to the French National Assembly and obtained a permanent home for the school--Saint-Jacques. Sicard eagerly continued the tradition of public demonstrations and exhibits started by the Abbe de l'Epee. In 1815 Sicard undertook a demonstration tour to London with Massieu, Clerc, and another students. According to Clerc "thus it was that I first came to meet Rev. Thomas Gallaudet." 33 min. Video/C 3132

The Secret. This film concerns the history of the false education of deaf people. Focus is upon oralism, the concept that the only proper route for educating deaf students is oral instruction. A central figure in the oralist controversy is Jacob Rodrigue Pereire. He claimed to have a secret method for teaching deaf children to speak. This episode is "a record of the efforts of hearing people to supplant the language of the deaf with their language, to replace signs with speech." 33 min. Video/C 3134

A Tale Based on Fact. This film focuses on Abbe de L'Epee, and the beginning of world wide education for deaf people. The chance encounter between Abbe de L'Epee and two deaf sisters launched him on his career with deaf students and inspired the abbe to begin his school. What is remarkable is that this occurred in an age when the majority view was that deaf people had no abstract ideas, no memory and, of course, no language. "Fortunately, Eppe's independence of spirit kept him from adopting the prevailing views uncritically." 28 min. Video/C 3133

Success and Failure. This film centers around two men, Jean-Marc Itard and Baron Joseph Marie De Gerando, who expended great time and energy in futile efforts to transform deaf students into pseudo-hearing students. There were, fortunately, outspoken critics of these efforts...men such as Ferdinand Berthier and Roch-Ambroise Bebian. In the end, both Itard and De Gerando learned the lessons of their failed experiments. 40 min. Video/C 3135

Fortune and Misfortune. This film centers on events that lead to the founding of education for deaf students in the United States. Thomas Gallaudet, encouraged by Mason Cogswell to learn the European methods of educating deaf students, enrolls at Saint-Jacques. It is here that Gallaudet convinces Laurent Clerc to accompany him to Hartford to assist in founding a school for the deaf in the United States. "You will be a living proof that what has been believed impossible--the education of those born deaf--is indeed possible." 30 min. Video/C 3136

Spreading the Word.This film centers around the efforts of Gallaudet and Clerc to establish the American Asylum, recruit students and seek funding for the school and its programs. These efforts involved extensive travel and public lectures not only to solicit funds but also to recruit students so the school would flourish. Within a dozen years of its founding the school was receiving students from half the states in the Union. "This assembly of much of the deaf youth of America in one place was one of the main forces that created a true society of the deaf with a single language serving to bind them together." 24 min. Video/C 3137

Concerning Women. In this film four women who made significant contributions to the education of the deaf are discussed: Alice Cogswell, Julia Brace, Eliza Boardman Clerc, and Sophia Fowler Gallaudet. Alice Cogswell was the deaf daughter of Mason Cogswell, and the source of the motivation of this pioneer educator; Julia Brace was the first educated deaf-blind person in America; Eliza Boardman, a student at the American Asylum, married Laurent Clerc, in what was the first deaf marriage in America; Sophia Fowler was the fourteen student to enter the school and eventually married Thomas Gallaudet. Their fourth son became president of the National Deaf-Mute College in Washington, D.C. 19 min. Video/C 3138

A Dangerous Incursion. Describes attempts to eradicate and eliminate the language and society of the deaf that had been nurtured at the American Asylum in Hartford. Horace Mann and Samuel Gridley Howe, self-proclaimed social reformers, squandered time, effort and money on the surface appearance of oral language rather than on the true bedrock of intellectual development. "Powerful hearing people want to replace our language, to educate us in a foreign tongue, to disperse our gatherings, to ban our marriages." 18 min. Video/C 3139

The Denial. This film centers upon the opposed viewpoints concerning signed and oral languages between Alexander Graham Bell and Laurent Clerc. Bell was a firm believer in oralism while Clerc favored a deaf community and sign language. Clerc believed that the overriding purpose of education was personal fulfillment, while for Bell it was integration of deaf persons with the hearing majority. 37 min. Video/C 3140

The Incurable Deafness. This final film of the series is reported from the perspective of Harlan Lane concerning his views on the current situation for deaf persons. He believes that the congress held by the Pereire Society in 1880 in Milan was "the single most critical event which released a tidal wave or oralism which resulted in the submersion of sign language and signing communities. He feels the dominance of oralism and the supression of signing have resulted in the limited educational achievement of today's deaf men and women, 80% of whom, in America, are engaged in manual or unskilled labor." 24 min. Video/C 3141

Who are the DeBolts? And Where Did They Get Nineteen Kids?
An authentic and sensitive portrait of an extraordinary family. Most of the children are very special adopted kids: white, yellow, and black, and physically handicapped or victims of war and catastrophe. Dealing with the most fundamental issues of love, courage, finding one's identity, and becoming a whole person, the film gives us a magnificent demonstration of what human beings can accomplish. It helps us define our own relationships and see the human being behind those who are different from ourselves. Irresistibly uplifting, raucously happy, extremely funny. Produced by John Korty, Warren Lockhart, Dan McCann. 1977. 72 min. DVD X6105; vhs Video/C 9401

Awards

Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features
Directors Guild of America, USA - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary

A World Without Bodies
Documents the horror of the Nazi regime with respect to its treatment of disabled people. Beginning with an overview of eugenics ideology, the filmmakers delve into the instruments of mass murder developed first on the bodies of people with disabilities and later transferred to concentration camps. The film provides a haunting glimpse into the medical and social mindset that led to the systematic slaughter of more than 270,000 disabled individuals during World War II. The documentary ultimately asks us to contemplate the impact of these events on our attitudes toward people with disabilities in our own era. A film by Sharon Snyder & David Mitchell. 2001. 35 min. DVD 6859

Yellow Brick Road
Documentary following a group of actors with learning disabilities from the Drama Program of Long Island's ANCHOR organization, as they embark on a four-month-long journey to mount a stage performance of the film The wizard of Oz. A film by Matthew Makar and Keith Rondinelli. 2005. 75 min. DVD 7754

You Can Get There From Here: Campus Access for Disabled Persons
Documentary about progress made toward independent living of disabled students at U.C. Berkeley through various campus and community programs and services. New technological devices improving physical accessibility are also presented. 1983? 3/4 in. NRLF B 3 969 285

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Disability and the Arts

Abertura do Ano ibero-americano da pessoa com deficiência: 2004
Excerpts from a festival in Brasilia in 2004 at the Teatro Funarte Plínio Marcos where disabled actors, dancers, musicians, and artists came together to perform, and are addressed by various politicians and administrators. Speakers: Izabel Maior, Gilberto Gil, Carolina Sanchez, Nilmário Miranda, Adilson Ventura, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. In Portuguese without English subtitles. 23 min. Video/C MM1280

Access Arts
A video montage presenting people in Australia with developmental disabilities engaged in a variety of art forms including theater, painting and multi-media and profiles the organization Access Arts which provides access to the visual and performing arts to the disabled community. 1992. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 7 min. Video/C 7990

Access to the Arts: Training Video for the Integration of the Arts in the Classroom
Discusses the power and value of the arts (music, dance and visual arts) for students with special needs. Explores strategies for including students with special needs within a school setting by individualizing instruction and adapting materials and methods used in the arts. 1994. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 44 min. Video/C 8006

Aphasia and Art in Switzerland.
Presents paintings by nineteen aphasic artists in Switzerland. "Artistic creativity, in particular painting, was often observed in spite of severe disorders of language." PAL format. 1994. 20 min. Video/C 7985

APIC: The National Arts and Disability Centre, Dublin, Ireland.
Presents the work of the APIC Centre of Dublin Ireland, established in 1993 to create a bridge between arts and disabled individuals. Includes their publication Bridge Magazine, which provides them access to print media, their radio program Different Voices and various dance programs. 1996. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 6 min. Video/C 7994

Archaeology, Art and Autism: North Carolina-Israel Connections
Presents a shared art and music education program between centers for autistic children in both North Carolina and Israel. Instructors, parents and autistic students are interviewed concerning the beneficial effects of the intercultural program. Concludes with an exhibition of art works by the students from Israel and North Carolina titled "Visions of Israel: paintings by artists with autism." 2000. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 39 min. Video/C 7993

The Art & Ability Series
Presents three programs of the Arts Ability Project sponsored by the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies. The first program looks at the first year of Arts Ability, a project which brings together drama and visual art animators with persons with disabilities. The second program features the TERAGY program, which provides art classes for mentally disabled adults. The third segment looks at the art work done in Unit TC Deer Lodge Centre, by people living with dementia. From the archives of NIAD and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley ; curators, Elias Katz and Florence Ludins-Katz. 2004. 42 min. Video/C MM268

Art and Disabilities Week Celebration, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 1996.
Film footage from the Art and Disabilities Week Celebration held in Denmark in May, 1996 presenting theater, music, singing, dance performances and visual arts by disabled individuals. 1996. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 35 min. Video/C 7986

Art Education in Action: An All-participants Day Video Teleconference
Host: Valsin A. Marmillion; Introduction: Leilani Lattin Duke; Keynote address: Gordon M. Ambach; Panel: Bonnie Pitman, Mark Hansen, Philemona Williamson. A national teleconference bringing together practitioners and supporters of art education. Includes panel discussions with art education experts, interviews with students and questions telephoned from educators around the United States. The conference focused on successful collaborations between art and education communities, the benefits of comprehensive art education, and the variety of approaches to art education in the classroom. 1994. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 112 min. Video/C 8049

Art Explorers
Shows developmentally disabled artists at work in the studios of Art Explorers, Inc. of Fort Bragg, California as they engage in painting and other creative projects. Concludes with a gallery display of their works. From the archives of NIAD and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley; curators, Elias Katz and Florence Ludins-Katz. 2001. 11 min. Video/C MM266

Art for Fun and Therapy in the VA
Professional and volunteer staff of Veteran's Administration hospitals comment on their participation in working with artists who are disabled veterans. The interviews are intercut throughout with paintings and exhibitions of creations by the veterans. 1991. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 13 min. Video/C 7987

Artists in Wonderland (Mahiru no Hoshi)
A documentary about seven mentally handicapped artists in Japan. The filmmaker follows the artists as they produce and exhibit their paintings and sculptures. The camera peers at them at work, following the respective creative processes step by step, listening to their thoughts about their art and explores how their art provides an avenue of personal expression. 1997. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 93 min. Video/C 7996

Arts Work
Presents students with multiple disabilities engaged in VSA Arts of New Mexico's Enabled Students Art Program and dance at the Buena Viaje Dancers Studio. The three segments showing art and dance are followed by reflection periods and assessment reviews by the students and teachers. From the archives of NIAD and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley ; curators, Elias Katz and Florence Ludins-Katz. 2002. 58 min. Video/C MM271

Arts Wrap Around[Sound recording]
Arts administrators and artists: Pat Coleman, Chuck Close, Amy Taub. A radio interview with two directors of Bay Area art centers which primarily serve people with developmental disabilities. Also includes an interview with visual artist Chuck Close. Aired on KPFA on September 16, 2005," as a segment on Pushing Limits. Sound/D 196

Award to NIAD
Presentation of the Helen Crocker Russell Award to the Institute of Art and Disabilities, a non-profit specializing in visual arts for developmentally disabled individuals. 1996. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 6 min. Video/C 8011

Bay Area Arts Centers[Sound recording]
Elis Katz, Tammy Harper, Andreas Sisneros Gallindo, Dorie Reed, Phyllis Diane Carr, Raven Harper, Maria Einaudi, Paul Moshammer, Martha Lane, Cedric Books, Kevin Randolph, Carol Stewart, Peter Cordova, Myrna Lum, Jennifer O'Neil, Alisen Acercion, Jeremy Burleson, Janet Moore, Billy White, Vincent Jackson, Ralph Russell. A radio interview with artists and staff at Bay Area art centers which primarily serve people with developmental disabilities. Visits Creativity Explored of San Francisco, Creative Growth in Oakland, and the National Institute of Art and Disabilities (NIAD) in Richmond.Aired on KPFA on September 30, 2005," as a segment on Pushing Limits. Sound/D 197

Beyond Access: Universal Design at the Millay Colony for the Arts
Shows "universal design" modifications to the buildings of the Millay Colony for the Arts to make them environmentally inclusive for disabled artists. 1997. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 10 min. Video/C 7995

Blind Justice[Sound recording]
Interviewer: Safi wa Nairobi. A radio interview with two low vision visual artists who have learned how to ovecome and use their blindness in the cultural arts. Includes interviews, poetry and music from Charles Curtis Blackwell and Donald Cunningham.Aired on KPFA on October 21, 2005," as a segment on Pushing Limits. Sound/D 199

Blindness Series.
Videos by Tran T. Kim-Trang. Accompany book includes contextualizing essays by Lucas Hilderbrand, Laura U. Marks, and Holly Willis, along with title descriptions, an artist biography and bibliography. Dist.: Video Data Bank DVD X2789

Disc 1 Contents: Aletheia (1992, 16 min.) -- Operculum (1993, 14 min.) -- Koré (1994, 16 min.) -- Ocularis : eye surrogates (1997, 21 min.) Aletheia: The introductory tape to The Blindness Series, aletheia presents an indexing of categories investigating different aspects of blindness as metaphor. Operculum: The artist visits with seven cosmetic surgeons specializing in blepharoplasty (cosmetic eyelid creasing surgery) for initial consultation sessions. The doctors demonstrate different reshaping options and comment upon the prevalence and success rates for different Asian nationalities. Koré: By focusing on the blindfold, kore explores the eye as purveyor of desire, sexual fear, and the fantasy of blindness. Ocularis : eye surrogates: This video highlights several narratives concerning video surveillance -- not to reiterate the conventional privacy argument but rather to engage the desire to watch surveillance materials and society's insatiable voyeurism. A variety of subjects recount their interactions with surveillance. 2009. 68 min.

Disc 2 Contents: Ekleipsis (1998, 22 min.) -- Alexia (2000, 9 min.) -- Amaurosis (2002, 28 min.) -- Epilogue: the palpable invisibility of life (2006, 13 min.) Ekleipsis: Inspired by a New York Times article about a group of hysterically blind Cambodian women in Long Beach, California, known as the largest group of such people in the world. Hysterical blindness is sight loss brought about by traumatic stress. The video delves into two histories: the history of hysteria and the Cambodian civil war, and speaks about the somatization of pain and loss. Alexia: An experimental video about word-blindness and metaphor, with accounts of Giambattista Vico's theory on the origin of language and Ludwig Wittgenstein's theory on aspect-blindness. Word-blindness is a condition that usually afflicts people who have suffered a stroke, causing them to lose the visual recognition of individual letters but perceive the entire word, or vice versa. Amaurosis: A documentary about Dat Nguyen, a blind guitarist living in Little Saigon, Orange County, California. Dat Nguyen was a "triple outcast": blind, Amerasian, and an impoverished orphan. The tape strives to present the life of one member from this unique community and promote his rich contributions. Epilogue: the palpable invisibility of life: Visualizes the unseen threads between mother and child, revealing how the ties that bind four generations of women become manifest when a great-grandmother's imploring words to persevere, passed from granddaughter to great granddaugheter, compel a woman to continue her maternal line by ancient means. 2009. 72 min.

Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien.
Poet-journalist Mark O'Brien was stricken with polio in childhood and has spent most of his life in an iron lung. He describes how he has fought against illness and bureacracy for his right to lead an independent life and offers his reflections on college, work, sex, death, euthanasia, and God. Directed, and written by Jessica Yu. 1996. 35 min. DVD X334; vhs Video/C 4841

Description from Fanlight catalog

Brothership.
A playful experimental film featuring the filmmaker interacting with her developmentally disabled younger brother. From the archives of NIAD and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley ; curators, Elias Katz and Florence Ludins-Katz. A film by Tamami Asada. 1997. 10 min. Video/C MM270

Conversations with Artists[Sound recording]
Bill Bruckner, Kathleen Flannigan, Chuck Close, Casper Banjo. A radio interview with nationally recognized artists who discuss how their art is shaped by the disability experience. Aired on KPFA on October 7, 2005," as a segment on Pushing Limits. Sound/D 198

The Cost of living
DV8 Theatre: Eddie Kay, David Toole, Vivien Wood, Tanja Liedtke, Rowan Thrope, Kareena Oates, Tom Hodgson, Jose Maria Alves, Robin Dingemans and Eddie Nixon. The work of the dance troupe DV8 Physical Theatre is about taking risks -- both physical and aesthetic. It is about personal politics, about breaking down barriers between dance and theatre and, above all, about communicating ideas and feelings clearly and unpretentiously. The company tells stories through extended naturalistic movement in a radical yet accessible way, rejecting the traditional conventions of ballet and modern dance. The Cost of Living highlights the troupe in a story about two dancers, Eddie, a tough confrontational guy and David, a legless dancer who is determined not to let his disability or society's prejudices get him down. 2004. 35 min. DVD 5289

Creating in Spite of Ourselves: Evolving at the Edge of Chaos.
The Oakland Museum invited artists, collaborative teams and community based groups to participate in a series of live performances and special events to attempt to answer the question: What is art for? This program focuses on the philosophy of creativity in relation to movement and dance and visual arts including a presentation on visual arts created by developmentally disabled individuals. A portion of the program: What is art for? held at the Oakland Museum of California, June, 20, 1999. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 56 min. Video/C 8004

Creative Expression: Opportunities for Persons Who Are Deafblind.
An introduction to different types of artistic experiences for persons who are deafblind, discussing how these creative outlets can enrich their lives as well as be an important means of communication and learning. Shows creative outlets such as photography, poetry, metalwork, weaving, pottery, ceramics, painting and music. c2001. 30 min. Video/C 8504

Creative Growth.
A presentation on the Creative Growth Art Center of Oakland, California, which provides art programs, educational and independent living training and vocational opportunities for adults who are physically and mentally disabled. Includes commentary by co-directors Elias Katz and Florence Ludins-Katz and concludes with a showing of finished paintings with analysis by staff. 1978. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 24 min. Video/C 8005

Dancing From the Inside Out: Three Stories From AXIS Dance Troupe
A provactive and moving film which tells the stories of three professional dancers who use wheelchairs for beautiful dance sequences, the film weaves together these three personal journies to selfhood, their ongoing challenges and victories, and their work with AXIS Dance Troupe integrating disabled and non-disabled dance. 1994. 28 min. Video/C 5803

The Enrichment Center Overview Video
Presents an overview of the activities of The Enrichment Center of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which provides life skills support and training to assist its developmentally disabled clients to take productive roles in the community through the arts, volunteering and paid employment. From the archives of NIAD and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley ; curators, Elias Katz and Florence Ludins-Katz. 200? 14 min. Video/C MM272

Feeling Good, Feeling Proud
Twenty-seven-year-old Heidi Hennessy describes her experiences as an actress with Theatre Unlimited, a performing ensemble based in San Francisco. Shows how Heidi, although epileptic and mentally retarded, has become more independent since participating in this unique group which nurtures assertiveness and self-esteem. Also provides insights into the reactions of other handicapped cast members. 1981. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 27 min. Video/C 8017

Florence and Elias: Interview in Richmond, August 1988
Interview with psychologist Elias Katz and artist/teacher Florence Ludins-Katz, co-founders of the National Institute of Art and Disabilities, a non-profit specializing in visual arts for developmentally disabled individuals. The interview is intercut with scenes of artists at work and showings of completed paintings. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 38 min. Video/C 8008

Freedom to Create Video Series
A film demonstration of preparation, materials and the studio environment necessary to enable handicapped individuals to paint. Includes extensive demonstration of modifications to tools and implements necessary to meet physical and mobility requirements. Includes interviews with art facilitators, staff and artists as they share their thoughts and feelings about their art and concludes with a showing of finished paintings by NIAD artists. 1989. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 51 min. Video/C 7983

Given Opportunities #1 and #2
A television newsmagizine focusing on issues concerning developmentally challeged individuals. In the first segment disabled individuals share their feelings on friendship, love and relationships followed by presentations on handicapped musicians, poets, actresses, and food service workers. The second segment focuses on a developmentally disabled child interacting with dolpins, a museum exhibit designed to help school children experience what its like for those with physical disabilities, the mainstreaming of students in special education classes, a mixed bowling league, a look at the organization Lekotek, concluding with a Tae Kwon Do instructor who works with handicapped children. 1989. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 58 min. Video/C 7997

Given Opportunities #3
A television newsmagizine focusing on issues concerning developmentally challeged individuals. Includes segments on puppetry and puppet theater, a "unified" basketball team of members with and without disabilities, horseback riding and mountain climbing by developmentally disabled athletes, television and video productions, political advocacy and community service activities by handicapped individuals. 1989. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 29 min. Video/C 7998

Greater Boston Arts. Show 203
Visits Gateway Crafts, in Brookline, Massachusetts, a center for artists with disabilities and meets Bohill Wong, one the center's most successful artists. From the archives of NIAD and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley ; curators, Elias Katz and Florence Ludins-Katz. An episode from the Television program Great Boston Arts, originally aired on Dec. 17, 1997. 7 min. Video/C MM267

Healing the Heart
Presents a unique pilot rehabilitation program in a veterans hospital in Vermont which helps disabled veterans heal their psychological wounds through creative expression through the arts. 1994. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 16 min. Video/C 8052

Impressions From: Creative Growth, NIAD & Creativity Explored
A presentation on three art centers in the San Francisco Bay Area, which provide access to the arts for developmentally challenged individuals. Shows artists at work on paintings, wood work, pottery, sculpture, and other projects and also completed art works with commentary by artists and staff. 1993. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 27 min. Video/C 7991

Interview with Juliet Holmes and Larry Stefl
A segment from the television program Wee Poets which presents the works of aspiring poets and artists. The first segment is an interview and poetry presentation by two high school students. The second segment is an interview with the administrative director of the National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the painter Juliet Holmes. El Cerrito, Calif.: Bay Cablevision, 1991. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 28 min. Video/C 8014

Joe Chaikin's Life in the Theatre
Documentary film about the life of Joe Chaikin, actor/director who was instrumental in the development of American experimental theater. Chaikin helped to establish the Open Theatre and the Living Theatre, acting troups that performed experimental works off Broadway. Includes commentary by playwrights Edward Albee, Sam Shephard, Jean-Claude Van Itallie, John Belluso, and writer Susan Sontag. After a 1984 stroke left Chaikin unable to speak, he included seminal works by and about actors with disabilities in his theatrical productions. 2003. 43 min. DVD 5332

The Journey to Discovery: Very Special Arts
A presentation on the Very Special Arts program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, an international non-profit founded in 1974 by Jean Kennedy Smith, that provides educational oppportunities through the arts for people with disabilities. Includes interviews and musical performances and arts produced by members of Very Special Arts. 199?. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 12 min. Video/C 8010

Juliet Holmes
A television interview with Juliet Holmes, an internationally recognized developmentally disabled artist. [Oakland, Calif.]: KTVU, 1991. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 4 min. Video/C 8002

L.A. Goal
Highlights the goals and activities of the organization L.A. Goal which provides social interaction, job training, sports, talent shows, theater and art programs for its developmentally disabled members. The Inside Out Productions component provides employment opportunities. A film by Tim Dowling. From the archives of NIAD and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley ; curators, Elias Katz and Florence Ludins-Katz. 2001. 9 min. Video/C MM274

The Legacy Project: The U.S. Old Soldiers and Airman's Home, 1994
A Presents an innovative art program for disabled veterans who create artworks from photographs of the Second World War and the Korean War. Working with an oral historian and artists they bring personal memories of war into the visual medium. 1994. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 10 min. Video/C 8051

Love to Me
A film by by Todd Herman and Francis Kohler. A short experimental film collage showing developmentally disabled artists. 1998. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 4 min. Video/C 8019

Multi-arts Resource Guide: A Video Companion
Six lesson units demonstrating techniques on how to work with children in the visual and performance arts with commentary regarding adaptations appropriate for students with varying abilities. 1993. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 128 min. Video/C 8003

National Institute of Art and Disabilities
A visit to the National Institute of Art and Disabilities in Richmond, California, a comprehensive visual arts center for people with disabilities. Includes interviews with the staff and artist/clients. Produced as a segment from the television program Bay Area Backroads. San Francisco, Calif.: KRON-TV, 1992. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 7 min. Video/C 8018

New Visions Gallery
A television profile of an art studio and gallery in Sacramento California which provides space, materials and training for developmentally challenged artists and sells their completed works. [Sacramento, Calif.]: KCRA, [199-?]. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 4 min. Video/C 8000

NIAD
A visit to the National Institute of Art and Disabilities in Richmond, a comprehensive visual arts center for people with disabilities. Includes interviews with the executive director, Eliaz Katz, other staff members and artists. Produced as a segment from the television program Bay Area Journal. Richmond, Calif.: KCRT, 1991. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 13 min. Video/C 8020

NIAD
Two segments from a television newsmagazine. Pt. 1. Profiles efforts in Richmond, California to promote affordable housing. Pt.2 is a visit to the National Institute of Art and Disabilities in Richmond, a comprehensive visual arts center for people with disabilities. 1991. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 13 min. Video/C 7989

NIAD: Feature Story
Two different versions of a video presenting the National Institute of Art and Disabilities, a non-profit specializing in visual arts for developmentally disabled individuals. Includes interviews with artists and staff. 199?. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 7 min. Video/C 8009

NIAD: The Creative Spirit
A presentation of the goals and benefits of the National Institute of Art and Disabilities, a non-profit specializing in visual arts for disabled individuals. Shows artists at work in the recently opened NIAD gallery in San Francisco, with completed art works and commentary by staff members and the artists. 1993. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 6 min. Video/C 7982

No Limits -- The Power of Art
Presents interviews with disabled individuals concerning the importance of artistic expression in their lives followed by a televised public service announcement for Very Special Arts, an international organization which promotes the creative power in people with disabilities. 199?. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 6 min. Video/C 8053

On Our Way to Hollywood
Presents the filmmaker and two irrepressible elderly developmentally disabled women, as he produces a film showing their lifetime friendship and shared lives as they recount their experiences throughout their lives in various institutions and schools. Unquenchable good humor permeates the film as they are seen creating artworks, singing and presenting humorous theater together. 1995. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 39 min. Video/C 8012

Opening Doors: Dancing with Disabilities
This documentary presents the story of Buen Viaje Dancers, a performing dance troupe composed of dancers with disabilities. Artistic directors Billbob Brown and Joanie Carlisle describe their vision and demonstrate with excerpts from rehearsals and a performance of "Opening Doors," with poetry by Bill Morrison. 1996. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 34 min. Video/C 7984

Painting the Unconscious: A Video About Clerio DeMoraes
An interview with the artist Clerio DeMoraes, in which he discusses surrealism in his art and the art of clients at the Exceptional Children's Foundation Art Center in Los Angeles where he works as an artist/teacher. Clips of artists at work are intercut with the interview. 1992. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and ies and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 24 min. Video/C 8016

The Parkwood Reflections Unit Art Project
Presents an abstract painting project made by elderly handicapped adults showing the artists as they work and the final work when completed. 1996. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 23 min. Video/C 8013

Phoenix Dance
After losing a leg to cancer, dancer Homer Avila talks about his experiences and then performs a duet with Andrea Flores which was choreographed by Alonzo King. A film by Karina Epperlein. c2006. 22 min. DVD 5844

The Power of Creativity: VAS [Very Special Arts] Arts.
Profiles some of the art centers and programs developed by the organization VSA Arts, which promotes visual art, theater, dance and musical performances by people with disabilities. 2000. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 9 min. Video/C 8055

Project Partnership: Self-determination Through the Arts
Presents four disabled artists, a blind sculptor, an actor, a dancer and an artist/singer, who share their insights on the role their art has played in helping them to develop self-identity and self-esteem. El Cerrito, Calif.: Bay Cablevision, 2. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 38 min. Video/C 8015

Raymond's Portrait: The Life and Art of Raymond Hu
Profiles the Chinese American brush painter, Raymond Hu, who was born with Down syndrome. This documentary shows how Raymond transforms photographs of animals into paintings and includes interviews with Raymond, his family, and his art teacher. Raymond discusses the challenges of coping with Down syndrome, and his experience as one of the first full-inclusion students in his school. 1997. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 30 min. Video/C 7981

NAATA catalog description

See What I'm Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary
A comic, a drummer, an actor and a singer, who are all well-known entertainers in the deaf community, are followed as they attempt to cross over to mainstream audiences. These uniquely talented entertainers overcome great challenges to celebrate success. Produced and directed by Hilari Scarl. 2010. 90 min. DVD X6097

Shameless: The Art of Disability
What does it mean to be disabled and how does it shape an artist's work? This documentary explores what is known as the disability art movement, following five artists--including a painter, a writer, an actor, a theater director, and a filmmaker, all of whom happen to have physical disabilities--through their creative work. Intense group discussions of artistic and personal goals are also recorded. Dispelling the myth of tragic disability, the film depicts its subjects as, first and foremost, creative people. The result is a profound look at, and celebration of, the act of making art--viewed through the lens of disability and the rejection of its stereotypes. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2006. 49 min. DVD 8885

Sometimes the Metro Bus Doesn't Stop for Me
Candid interviews with two married couples in which all spouses are physically handicapped who speak of their relationship and reactions by friends and family. Also includes poetry, music, paintings and theater by developmentally disabled and/or physically handicapped artists who are members of Artists Unlimited. 1990. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 26 min. Video/C 8007

Straight From the Heart
Through interviews with its clients, looks at the programs of The Creative Spirit Art Centre of Toronto, a storefront art gallery and studio which serves adults with special needs including those with physical and developmental disabilities and mental illness. Originally broadcast on the television program Sunday arts entertainment. From the archives of NIAD and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley ; curators, Elias Katz and Florence Ludins-Katz. 2001. 18 min. Video/C MM273

This Drawing Looks Intelligent: Art and People with Developmental Disabilities
Examines the art projects created by members of three art centers for developmentally challenged artists: Austin Special in Chicago, Little City Foundation in Palatine, Illinois and HOF 12 in Amersfoort, the Netherlands. Includes interviews with artists and staff of the facilities. 1998. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 30 min. Video/C 7999

3 Minutes of Fame: NIAD on TV New Visions Gallery
A television presentation on the National Institute of Art and Disabilities in Richmond, California and efforts by residents of Contra Costa County to build a fine arts center for developmentally challenged artists in Walnut Creek, California. [Calif.]: Bay TV News, 2000. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 3 min. Video/C 8001

Touch the Sound: A Sound Journey with Evelyn Glennie
Opens the door to a world where sight, sound, and touch magically converge to elevate our everyday sensory experiences. Featuring Evelyn Glennie, a Grammy winning percussionist who is also deaf, the filmmaker weaves performances, street noises and visual collages to engage the viewer in Glennie's artistry, from an improvisation with chopsticks and cans in a Japanese restaurant to a recording session with avant-garde musician Fred Frith. Written, directed and edited by Thomas Riedelsheimer. 2004. 98 min. DVD 6034

United Cerebral Palsey, 1996-97 PSAs
Four public service television advertisements produced by the United Cerebral Palsy Association. 1994. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 3 min. Video/C 8050

Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back
A documentary about a national disability arts community that explores disability as the experience of a politically disenfranchised constituency. Consists of interviews and clips of performance pieces from a variety of artistic formats including: performance art, fiction, poetry, stand-up comedy, drama, personal anecdotes and scholarly research. Pursues a definition of a culture of disability through questions of architectural inaccessibility, political activism, mainstream representations of disability in literature, film, art and television, and in a narrative of shared struggle to gain access 1998. 49 min. Video/C 9189

Fanlight catalog description

Mitchell, David T.. Snyder, Sharon L. "Talking about Talking Back: Afterthoughts on the Making of the Disability Documentary Vital Signs: Crip Culture Talks Back." Michigan Quarterly Review. 37 (2): 316-36. 1998 Spring.

VSA [Very Special Arts] Art and Soul International Festival 1999
Television news coverage of an international festival with over 100 physically and mentally handicapped artists from thirty one countries, who come together to share their arts, cultures and creative vision. 1999. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 16 min. Video/C 8048

Voices in a Deaf Theater.
This unusually perceptive documentary chronicles the rehearsal process of four hearing actors and four deaf actors as they collaborate on a production of The Glass Menagerie at Gallaudet University. The deaf actors on-stage perform in American Sign Language while hearing actors provide a simultaneous voice version. For the play to work dramatically, the two sets of players must achieve a shared interpretation of the characters and a common style and cadence. 1996. 24 min. Video/C 5804

Wanted in Tumbleweed
A theatrical production presented by members of The Enrichment Center, a theatrical troupe of developmentally challenged actors and performers. This comic musical Western is "situated somewhere in 1849 California deep in the Wild West and the Gold Rush." 1993. [From the archives of National Institute of Art and Disabilities and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley] 59 min. Video/C 7988

What We Say: A Show Featuring People with Developmental Disabilities
Presents two segments from the public access television show "What we say" created and hosted by adults with developmental disabilities. Includes interviews, entertainment, and social activities featuring developmentally disabled individuals. Also includes one short promotional piece for the program. From the archives of NIAD and the Office of Disability Studies, University of California, Berkeley ; curators, Elias Katz and Florence Ludins-Katz. 2001. 58 min. Video/C MM269

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