Saturday, July 21, 2007

Superfest 2007 - International Disability Film Festival

Access Services of the San Francisco Public Libraryin association with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disabilityand Culture! Disability! Talent!(
presents a

Superfest International Disability Film Festival Showcase

In honor of the 17th Anniversary of the signing of theAmericans with Disabilities Act, 6 award-winning independent films of, by andfor the Disability Community will be shown on Thursday, July 26, 20072:00 – 4:30 p.m.Main Library – 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)Koret Auditorium - Lower Level

The Main Library is accessible to persons using wheelchairs. All films willbe audio described and captioned. Film introductions will be ASL interpreted.Assistive listening devices will be available. Programs will be available inlarge print and braille. Please call 557-4557 (v) or 557-4433 (tty) or with questions or requests for other accommodations.Requesting accommodations by Friday, July 20th will help to ensure availability.

In order to assist the City’s efforts to accommodate persons with severeallergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity or relateddisabilities, please avoid using perfumes or other chemical-based scented products.

All programs at the Library are free.
Main Library 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)Superfest International Disability Film Festival ShowcaseSan Francisco Public Library - Thursday,

2:05 Carmela (30 min.)Merit Award [Mexico] Producer: Guillermo Lopez Perez. A slice-of-life gem that introduces us to a polio survivor and her adult sonwith Down syndrome, a gutsy pair who've worked out a way to survive in theseemingly inhospitable urban sprawl of Mexico City.

2:40 Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott (26 min.)Excellence Award [U.S.] Producer: Betsy BayhaA beautifully rendered tribute to one of the Bay Area's most unique artists,Judith Scott: a woman with Down syndrome who was deaf and did not speak. Afterlosing 35 years to institutionalization, she created widely acclaimed,spectacular "found object" sculptures.

3:10 Let Us Spell It Out for You (3 min.)Emerging Artist Award [U.S.] Producer: Joseph SantiniA pastiche of spirituals, folk songs and original writing performed in ASL toprotest government cuts to Deaf Theater programs nationwide.

3:15 Seeing Is Believing (13 min.)Merit Award [Russia] Producer: Tofik ShakhverdievAn upbeat portrait of a Moscow college student whose blindness does notrestrict his capacity to make friends, get into contact sports, develop a sense ofhumor, attract girls or become a computer geek.
3:30 Symphony of Silence (22 min.)Merit Award [Canada] Producer: Yves J. MaA Canadian documentary about a 14 year old deaf poet creating an ASL poem topremiere as a joint performance with a symphony orchestra.

3:55 Headstrong: Inside the Hidden World of Dyslexia and ADHD (27 min.)Achievement Award [U.S.] Producers: Chloe Sladden, Ben Foss and SteveSchecter. A compelling, often uplifting, look at the lives of people living withdyslexia and ADHD that features a wonderfully diverse group of stories,including producer Ben Foss' own.

All films are captioned.

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