Special Event! A Conversation about Chicago Docs and Disability

When Billy Broke His Head

Date: Friday, December 4 at 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Location: Access Living (115 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60654)

Meet the filmmakers behind four classic documentaries about disability, made right here in Chicago!

Join co-hosts Carrie Sandahl (of Bodies of Work) and Matt Lauterbach (of ReelAbilities Chicago) for a conversation with the creative minds behind the camera, as we screen excerpts from these fascinating films and discuss the issues.

“When Billy Broke His Head” (1995) – 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” (2002) – 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” (2007) – Playwright-activist Susan Nussbaum and filmmaker Salome Chasnoff will share behind-the-scenes insights into this creative collaboration with the Empowered FeFes, a support and action group for young women with disabilities.

“The Paper Mirror” (2012) – 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.

EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1639594476328708/