Cinema Touching Disability Film Fest

Cinema Touching Disability Film Fest


[MUSIC PLAYING] Every year in
Austin, the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
hosts the “Cinema Touching Disability Film Festival”. Cinema Touching Disability
has been running for 14 years. It’s films with an accurate
and interesting portrayal of disability. We want movies that show
disability well and accurately and are fun to watch. In 2004, CTD staffer
William Greer had the idea to create a film
festival that celebrates people with disabilities and
counters negative stereotypes. So I wanted to bring
people who didn’t even think about disability film,
who weren’t in the disability world, to see this
as an introduction and get more aware of disability
and the disability culture. We’re not talking
about cinema as genre. We’re talking about cinema as
subject matter, subject matter. And that subject matter is
our fellow human beings. What I love is that
every year we’re doing something
completely different and bringing in so many
different aspects of what disability is, what the
disability community means to the festival. Watching it grow from when I
started, to where it’s at now, it’s been an amazing
process to see how much work they’ve put into it. There’s a lot of
effort put into these. And I think it’s a big deal. We have it in Austin because
Austin really prides themselves on local and small things. And I think the CTD really
plays into that, especially having the local community
really play a part in that. The really cool
aspect of the CTD, Cinema Touching Disability,
is that it really is about touching the community. It gets aspects of the
community that a lot of people don’t get to see and shows the
creativity of the disability community. The films are all
different, different themes, different issues, but
everybody gets included. The festival has
grown to include an international short film
competition, appearances by film stars and directors, and
multiple nights of screenings. The movies are really cool. Yeah, it feels like the Oscars
for people with disabilities. Everybody gets dressed up to see
each other and see the movies. For the people that are here who
are not facing any disability, they become better educated. It’s very informative. I put disability in
my art all the time, so it’s fun to see
what other people are doing with the same sort of
mediums, about disability. They’re great movies. They really make you think. I enjoy seeing what’s out there,
because a lot of the films, or all the films thus
far I’ve seen here, I’m not familiar with it. Even though I look out
for these kind of films, they’re just not out there. Films are not the only things
that audiences have enjoyed at Cinema Touching Disability. In past years, CTD has
presented ASL slam poetry, animals with disabilities,
music, dance, art, and even karate. There are a lot
of misconceptions or misunderstandings
about disability. And by showing these movies,
people can learn about it and be entertained and enjoy
themselves at the same time. I want to encourage
anyone in Austin who wants to come out, have a
really enjoyable evening at a great location, meet
some interesting people, see some great films, and
find that your thoughts have been proved along the way– hey, come to Cinema
Touching Disability. For more information, please
visit ctdfilmfest.org. That’s CtdFilmFest dot O-R-G. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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