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Saturday Cinema: Shorts from Superfest

Saturday, August 3, 2019 • 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m.
Osher Gallery 1, Kanbar Forum

Included with museum admission and free for Daytime members.


Highlighting the stories and work of underrepresented artists, Superfest International Disability Film Festival is the longest running disability film festival in the world. These engaging shorts are some of the favorites from recent years.

Since Superfest first debuted in a small Los Angeles showcase in 1970 it has become an eagerly anticipated international event—co-hosted by San Francisco's Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State. For more than 30 years, Superfest has celebrated cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed and engaging lens. Superfest is one of the few festivals worldwide that is accessible to disabled filmgoers of all kinds.

Superfest producer Emily Beitiks and filmmaker Reid Davenport are expected to be in attendance. 

ASL interpretation will be provided.

1:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Stopgap in Stop Motionby Stephen Featherston (2017, 5 min.)
Photographs of performers in a disabled and nondisabled dance company come to life. Individual artists dance out of the photos and across tabletops until the whole company meets and performs in unison.

On Beat by Reid Davenport (2015, 7 min.)
This documentary short follows the lives of a deaf couple with hearing children and the unexpected outlet that brings their family closer together.

Gaelynn Lea: The Songs We Singby Mark Brown (2017, 11 min.)
Minnesota violinist and disability rights advocate Gaelynn Lea travels the upper Midwest on tour, experiencing the ups and downs of the road while hustling hard to make it as a performer artist.

3:00 p.m.

Stumped by Cedar Wright and Taylor Keating (2017, 27 min.)
Climber Maureen Beck is not here to be your inspiration. She was born missing her lower left arm, but that hasn’t stopped her from going hard. “I don’t want to just be a good one-armed climber,” says Maureen, “I want to be a good climber.”