Disability

Monday, March 23, 2015 3:00 pm

Chicago Cultural Center - GAR Hall and Rotunda
77 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL

The Indie Caucus, along with WTTW, WNET, PBS, POV, Independent Lens, and ITVS, will be in Chicago for the third and final stop in the National Listening Tour for Independent Films on PBS.

Hosted by
Kartemquin Films,
371 Productions,
Chicago Film Office, and
City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Make your voice heard on the last stop of the PBS Listening Tour in Chicago. This is your chance to help set the priorities and share ideas around strengthening viewership, distribution, and community engagement of independent film.

It's our final chance to be heard. We need YOU to be there and to speak up. Please rsvp here: https://pbslisteningtourchicago.eventbrite.com

If you are in or around Chicago, please join this important conversation.

Saturday, May 16, 2020 6:00 pm

This screening is part of the 2019-2020 Dismantling White Supremacy Film Series sponsored by the Social Justice Action Committee of First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist and several allies. Proceeds will benefit the film's producers, the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, and the Mass Redistribution Fund.

Tickets must be secured in advance using the link on this page. Those registering will be sent an email with the Zoom link in advance of the screening. A panel discussion will follow the screening. We encourage generous donations to support under-resourced folks in the greater Boston area, however no one will be turned away based upon ability to pay.

ABOUT THE FILM
In her signature serious-yet-quirky connect-the-dots style, Peabody award-winning filmmaker Judith Helfand takes audiences from the deadly 1995 Chicago heat disaster deep into one of our nation’s biggest growth industries – Disaster Preparedness. Along the ways she forges inextricable links between extreme weather, extreme disparity and the politics of ‘disaster’, daring to ask: what is zip code was just a routing number, and not a life-or-death sentence?

Monday, July 13, 2020 10:00 pm

In July 1995, a scorching three-day stretch caught the city unprepared, leaving 739 dead. Most victims were Black, elderly and poor living in the city’s poorest neighborhoods: Englewood, Fuller Park, and Roseland, to name a few. For reasons ranging from illness and immobility to poverty and fear, none were prepared for a weather event of such magnitude. COOKED: Survival By Zip Code investigates how one of Chicago’s worst disasters unfolded. On the 25th annversary of the 1995 Chicago heat wave, PBS will air an encore broadcast of COOKED as a look back at what happened and why. 

Check your local listings. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 6:00 pm

Landmark Century Cinema
2828 N Clark St
Chicago, IL

Details here.

For The Left Hand

At age 10, Norman Malone was attacked with a hammer to the head by his father, who then killed himself. Now paralyzed on his right side, and living in a housing project on Chicago’s South Side, Malone still was determined to become a pianist. Without ever telling anyone, he spent 60 years mastering the works written solely for the left-hand by great composers such as Brahms, Prokofiev, Ravel, and Britten. But after a chance encounter leads to a journalist discovering his extraordinary story, Malone begins to belatedly launch his concert career at age 78. For The Left Hand offers a portrait of the concert pianist he has become as he takes on the greatest – and most difficult – pieces in the entire left-hand repertory, making his hidden talent public for the first time.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 12:45 pm

Blanton Auditorium
200 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Austin, TX

Director Dinesh Sabu's feature documentary, Unbroken Glass will be screening at the Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) on November 6th at 12:45PM. Unbroken Glass is the story of filmmaker Dinesh Sabu’s journey to piece together the story of his parents’ lives, twenty years after their deaths.

Dinesh Sabu will also be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.

For more information about the festival and tickets, click here.

Friday, December 4, 2015 6:30 pm

Access Living
115 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60654
Chicago, IL
Join co-hosts Matt Lauterbach (of ReelAbilities Chicago) and Carrie Sandahl (of Bodies of Work) for a conversation with the filmmakers behind four classic documentaries about disability made in Chicago. They will screen excerpts from these fascinating films and discuss the issues. When Billy Broke His Head – Director and Editor David Simpson will discuss how he teamed up with activist-writer Billy Golfus, and what he learned from making the film. Special 20th Anniversary event! Refrigerator Mothers – Producer JJ Hanley (of the disability awareness organization, JJ’s List) will discuss her personal interest in exploring the traumatic legacy of blame, guilt and self-doubt experienced by parents of children with autism. Doin’ It: Sex, Disability & Videotape – Playwright and activist Susan Nussbaum will share behind-the-scenes insights into this creative collaboration with the Empowered Fe Fes, a support and action group for young women with disabilities. The Paper Mirror – Local visual artist Riva Lehrer will discuss her collaboration with graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, which is featured in this short documentary, as well as her move from art focusing on disabilities into other subjects. An ADA 25 Chicago presentation, in collaboration with Kartemquin Films. Learn more here. Event is free and open to the public. RSVP on Facebook.
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