SF Main Library shows Superfest films this Friday.

Access Services of the San Francisco Public Library in association with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office on Disability and Culture! Disability! Talent! (CDT)


Superfest Classics Showcase

In honor of Disability Awareness Month,
7 award-winning films of, by and for the Disability Community will be shown on

Friday, October 2, 2009
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Main Library – 100 Larkin Street (at Grove)
Koret Auditorium – Lower Level

The Main Library is accessible to persons using wheelchairs. Films will be audio described and captioned. Film introductions will be ASL interpreted. Assistive listening devices will be available. Programs will be available in large print and braille. Please call 557-4557 (v) or 557-4433 (tty) or e-mail mgoddard@sfpl.org with questions or requests for other accommodations. Requesting accommodations by Friday, September 25th will help to ensure availability.

To assist the City’s efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, please avoid using perfumes or other chemical-based scented products.

All films are captioned, audio described and kid friendly.

All programs at the Library are free.

San Francisco Public Library

Superfest Classics Screening Schedule

1:05  Beyond Disability: The Fe Fe Stories (26 min.)
Produced by a group of young females (Fefe’s) with various disabilities who are involved in a mentoring program in Chicago, this documentary explores their lives with gusto, humor and attitude. Director Salome Chasnoff keeps the pace as lively as her engaging young women subjects. The Fefe’s interweave their personal stories with stats about disability and take to the streets to check out people’s attitudes.

1:35  Pelswick DRAW (25 min.)
“Pelswick” is Nickelodeon’s breakthrough animated series about a 13-year old boy who uses a wheelchair and attends his neighborhood school. Pelswick was created by syndicated cartoonist and author John Callahan, who was himself paralyzed by a car accident at the age of 21. Since his launch on October 24, 2000, Pelswick has shattered stereotypes about kids with disabilities.

2:05  Raymond’s Portrait (27 min.)
“Raymond’s Portrait” is an intimate profile of a young painter born with Down Syndrome. At  age 19, Raymond Hu has already had numerous solo exhibits, published a book, and even been honored in the Congressional Record. This documentary also traces the challenges and rewards of being one of the first full-inclusion special education students in his high school.

2:30  AT Boogie (3 min.)
This short film, produced by Jim Tobias, uses computer pop-up animation and a catchy musical score to present a lighthearted “wish list” for the ideal assistive technology: “Make it rugged, tough, and sexy; make it trendy…” Assistive Technology Boogie, with its fast pace, quirky images and snappy humor, makes learning about assistive technologies like captioning and augmentative communication, fun and easy for people of all ages.

2:35  Youth Speaks (12.5 min)
This entertaining segment from KQED’s Bay Area weekly arts magazine SPARK introduces us to the slammin’ world of slam poetry. Produced by Howard Shack and the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), this segment of the PBS series follows two young poets involved in the local Youth Speaks program, as they prepare and then compete in a regional slam where winners earn the chance to go on to the nationals. Full of passion and promise, these talented poets, one of whom is Emiliano Borgois-Chacon, a local teenager with cerebral palsy, will have you cheering and wanting more.

-10 minute break –

3:00  Kiss My Wheels (57 min.)
A nationally ranked junior wheelchair basketball team takes us through an extraordinary season of training and national tournament competition, living with disability on a rollercoaster of life, death and rebirth. It’s about playing the game. It’s about being yourself.

4:00  The Power of 504 (18 min)
This documentary illustrates the events leading up to and including the historic 26-day sit-in for disability civil rights at the San Francisco Federal Building in 1977, resulting in the signing of the 504 Regulations, the first Federal Civil Rights Law protecting people with disabilities. It includes media coverage of the sit-in itself, as well as interviews with the organizers and participants.

CDT is a non-profit, collaborative organization that works to transform disability stereotypes by providing access and opportunities for performers and filmmakers with disabilities. Comprised of disability culture artists, activists and allies, CDT promotes artistic excellence and diversity by presenting disability culture events.