January 16, 2014 3:57 pm
The classic documentary When Billy Broke His Head... is now available to watch online for the first time via several VOD platforms. One of 11 digital premieres launched this week through the Sundance Institute's creative self-distribution and funding initiative, Artist Services, When Billy Broke His Head... can be streamed from iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Microsoft Xbox Video, Hulu. The film is already available on DVD. When Billy Broke His Head... won the 1995 Sundance Film Festival Freedom of Expression Award, A DuPont-Columbia Award and an Emmy nomination, among many other accolades. Artist Services provides artists supported through the Institute with self-distribution, marketing and financing. Filmmakers can make their films available online while still retaining ownership of their work and making independent decisions about strategies for each outlet. When Billy Broke His Head ...and Other Tales of Wonder is an entertaining, irreverent road movie about disability, civil rights, and the search for intelligent life after brain damage. Following a traffic-accident, award-winning radio documentarian 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. Read our interview with director David E. Simpson about the film here.