Emmy-nominated 2008 film by Joanna Rudnick features revelatory video interview with Myriad Genetics, defendant in the SCOTUS case.
On April 1st, 2013, Chicago's Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams) will launch www.63boycott.com as part of '63 Boycott, a cross-platform, web driven project designed to connect with participants in the historic 1963 Chicago Public School Boycott and engage the public in the importance of this history when considering the issues the city's public education system faces today. The website will help find the subjects for a documentary film, and evolve into a platform for those who participated in the boycott 50 years ago and those struggling for equal education today. The project is directed by Gordon Quinn (A Good Man, Prisoner of Her Past) and produced by Quinn and Zak Piper (The Interrupters).
Kartemquin is proud to announce the DVD re-release of classic documentary When Billy Broke His Head... and Other Tales of Wonder, an acclaimed early film from veteran KTQ Associate David E. Simpson and Billy Golfus.
The winner of 1995 Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award and a 1996 duPont-Columbia Award Winner, When Billy Broke His Head is an entertaining, irreverent road movie about disability, civil rights, and the search for intelligent life after brain damage. Following a traffic-accident, journalist Billy Golfus woke from a coma to find himself head-injured, hemiplegic and dependent on others. When Billy Broke His Head... tells of Golfus’ struggle to make a new life for himself in the face of pervasive discrimination and bureaucratic “helping systems.” Accompanied by filmmaker David E. Simpson, Golfus travels the country encountering disabled people of all stripes, and witnessing the strength and anger that has forged a civil rights movement for disabled Americans. Laced with humor and biting wit, When Billy Broke His Head... is a widely acclaimed, groundbreaking film about disability culture; a no holds barred, first-person account that refuses to tell the “inspirational” stories we have come to expect from films about people with disabilities.
“This ain’t exactly your inspirational cripple story.” -- Billy Golfus
When Billy Broke His Head... and Other Tales of Wonder was funded by the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funds provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.