Selections announced for Superfest, 28th annual disability film festival
SAN FRANCISCO, June 4, 2014 — The Superfest: International Disability Film Festival is pleased to announce the lineup for its 28th annual event, scheduled for November 2 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. This year’s festival celebrates disability shorts, all films less than 50 minutes.
Short documentaries, narratives to screen November 2 at Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco
The panel of judges — made up of film aficionados, disability studies scholars and disability community organizers, all people with disabilities — had a difficult task selecting these films from an abundance of high-quality submissions from North America, Latin America, Europe and Australia. The selected films bring to the screen a variety of topics and disabilities, each helping move forward Superfest’s mission to celebrate cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability culture in all its diverse, complex, and empowering facets.
Films and award winners to be featured at Superfest 2014:
- The Interviewer (Australia), directed by Genevieve Clay-Smith and R. Bryan, Best of Festival Award
- Vectors of Autism: A documentary about Laura Nagle (U.S.), directed by John Schaffer, Excellence Award
- Once Again (U.S.), directed by J. Spottswood Moore, Excellence Award
- Everything is Incredible (Honduras), directed by Tyler Bastian, Trevor Hill and Tim Skousen, Merit Award
- The Nature of Pleasure (U.S.), directed by Thanh Diep, P.K. Walker Innovation in Craft Award
- Krutch (U.S.), Director Clark Matthews, Disabled Filmmaker Award
- Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories (U.S.), directed by Dan Habib, Advocacy Award
- Juggle and Cut (U.S.), directed by Caleb Slain
- Shining Into (U.S.), directed by Thanh Diep
- The Mural (U.S.), directed by Fran Guijarro
- The Limbless Mountaineer (U.K.), directed by Paul Crompton
“The unique thing about SuperFest is that it’s driven entirely by the disability community ourselves,” said Bryan Bashin, CEO of the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind. “Our panel of judges is 100 percent composed of people with disabilities. Throughout the process of screening, organizing and presenting the films the Bay Area’s vibrant disability voice is loud, playful and strong.”
The San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and San Francisco State University’s Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability together host Superfest, the 28th year of the longest running disability film festival. This year’s festival will take place at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in downtown San Francisco, 736 Mission Street, on Sunday, November 2, 11am–6pm. All films will be presented with captioning and audio-description. Tickets will be available at the Contemporary Jewish Museum website closer to the event.
Superfest: International Disability Film Festival is made possible by generous sponsors: Michelle Spitz of Woman of Her Word Charitable Voice Overs, George Lucas Family Foundation, the Contemporary Jewish Museum and Whill.