After being paralyzed by polio as a child, Jerome Felder renamed himself Doc Pomus, reinventing himself first as a blues singer and then as one of American popular music’s greatest songwriters, writing classics like, “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” and “Viva Las Vegas.” AKA DOC POMUS brings to life Doc’s joyous, romantic, heartbreaking, and extraordinarily eventful journey.
A quirky road movie about three young men with disabilities on a quest to lose their virginity. These buddies enjoy the finer things in life, including wine and song; the only thing missing is the touch of a women. Isolated by their disabilities and cared for by their parents at home, they convince their families they need to go to Spain on a “wine tour” but this is a cover for their true destination—a Spanish brothel that caters to men with disabilities.
After being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease and rendered almost completely paralyzed, graffiti artist TemptOne regains his creative voice through technology that reads the movement of his eyes and enables him to create art once again.
Chino, a deaf-mute farmer, is debating leaving Cuba to join Jose, a gay Mexican who has fallen in love with him and is prepared to help him obtain Mexican work papers. But while Chino weighs his options, Jose begins to wonder if Chino loves him or if he is just using him for access to a better life and so he can move to Mexico and make money to send back to his wife and children.
Ian, a specialist in spatial orientation, arrives to work at a school for the blind in Lisbon. Blind himself, he teaches his students to move around without using their canes, encouraging them to risk the unknown through the use of a complex network of sound cues. Among them is the beautiful Eva, who he attempts to bring out of her shyness and seclusion, leading toward a quiet romance.
AUTISM IN LOVE
Dir. Michelle Friedline
USA, 2012, 9 min, Documentary
RV Kuser is a clever and dapper man of 50 with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He has learned to suppress certain behaviors so he can fully embrace life. He and his wife, Marlene, share secrets about their bond and RV reveals the true meaning of unconditional love.
Dir. Genevieve Clay
Australia, 2010, 17 min, Narrative
Two people with developmental disabilities navigate the challenges they are faced when their relationship is displayed in public.
BE MY BROTHER
Dir. Genevieve Clay
Australia, 2009, 8 min, Narrative
A young man with Down Syndrome breaks down the barriers of social prejudice when his charm and charisma challenge the prejudices of a stranger at a bus stop.
Dir. Justin Edgar
UK, 2011, 18 min, Narrative
A comedic short that follows a disastrous disability conference at a drab hotel. As plans for the conference unravel a comedy of politically incorrect manners unfolds.
DANCING OUTSIDE THE BOX
Dir. David Block
USA, 2012, 15 min, Documentary
Wheelchair users and able-bodied partners bring their two worlds together on the dance floor - proving that everyone can dance.
Dir. Catherine van Campen
Netherlands, 2010, 21 min, Documentary
Eleven-year-old Anne is the kind of beautiful girl you can’t take your eyes off. The longer you look, the more you see her ‘tics’ from her Tourette’s syndrome - she suddenly spins or licks something. Anne is afraid of being teased at school and tries to keep her tics in check though she prefers ‘flying’ through life, so no one notices her tics.
Dir. Michelle Vargas
USA, 2009, 3 min, Narrative
It should be like any other tap dance audition. Mary’s been to hundreds. Everything is going great until mid-dance when her well-kept secret, is exposed.
Dir. Miguel Jiron
USA, 2012, 3 min, Narrative
This animation gives the viewer a glimpse into the sensory overload experienced by people with autism and shows how often sensory experiences intertwine in everyday life.
Dir. Ross Cohen
USA, 2012, USA, 16 min, Narrative
In 1964, a young pediatrician begins his residency at Willowbrook State School in Staten Island, only to discover that the institution is conducting Army funded experiments on developmentally disabled children. Based on true events.
Dir. Louis Neethling
UK, Narrative, 2009, 27 min, Narrative
Mark, a deaf man who was adopted by hearing parents, is determined to uncover the truth about his past. As the past collides with the present, Mark begins to wonder if ‘truth’ is always empowering or if it is sometimes wiser to forget the past.
Dir. Louis Neethling
UK, 2010, 27 min, Narrative
Matt, a young hospital cleaner with a wife and a baby avoids responsibility, staying out late and coming home drunk. When he meets Sid, a patient in the hospital who is also deaf, they bond and slowly come to realize that they can give courage to eachother.
The extraordinary work of Australian sex worker, Rachel Wotton. Impassioned about freedom of sexual expression and the rights of sex workers, she specializes in a long overlooked clientele – people with disabilities.
Emma is a magnetic, attractive, almost thirty-year old blind woman. Determined to have a baby, she sets out on a search for a man to get her pregnant. Two apparently ideal candidates appear in Emma’s life: Germán, a psychologist she knows from a therapy group she attends, and her young neighbor, Diego. Emma’s objective seems easy enough to achieve, but our heroine soon falls into the trap of her own devising and discovers that blindness comes in many forms.
Zheng Zheng, a young mother in search of her husband, travels the great distance from northern China to Dong Guan, “the land of tens of thousands of factories.” With her special-needs child Xin Xin in tow, she finds herself alone in the enormous city, with nothing but her wits and inner strength to guide her. When she fails to find her husband, she is forced to take a factory job and hands her son over to the care of a community-home. Zheng Zheng is promoted, moves into an apartment, and finds a new love but the relationship is not without strings attached and caring for an autistic son proves increasingly challenging.
When Alex gets a job as the leader of a local theater group for people with disabilities his outlook on life begins to change. Through the theater group’s work, Alex comes to appreciate that every person has his or own talents, which can grow if given the opportunity and support.
Steve Wampler, needs to do 20,000 pull-ups to climb the famous El Capitan Mountain in Yosemite – only 2-6 inches at a time, due to his cerebral palsy. His wife and two children cheer him on from below, along with fans who have come to support his important mission. In 2002, Steve founded a camp for kids with disabilities, and his climb will be a testament to the idea that kids with disabilities can do anything which they set their minds.