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History of Superfest

What began in 1970 in Los Angeles as a small film showcase, intended to encourage participation of disabled people in telecommunication, has grown into an international media event.

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Superfest Sponsorship

Be a part of Superfest’s mission to present an educational and entertaining film festival that celebrates disability as a generative and creative force in cinema and more broadly in our contemporary culture.

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Superfest Organizers

Learn more about the hosts for Superfest, LightHouse for the Blind & San Francisco State University's Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, two of California's most respected advocates for the disabled.

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Frequently asked Questions

Superfest is a showcase of juried films held in the San Francisco Bay Area. This annual competition celebrates cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability culture in all its empowering facets.

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About Superfest

Superfest International Disability Film Festival is a showcase of juried films held in the San Francisco Bay Area. This annual competition celebrates cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability culture in all its diverse, complex, and empowering facets, and is the longest running festival of its kind in the world.

After its developmental years in Los Angeles, it was transferred to the Bay Area in 1998. Operated as a project of Culture! Disability! Talent! (CDT), annual film festivals were held in Berkeley 1998-2011, under direction of Pamela Walker, succeeded by Liane Yasumoto in 2002. In 2012, CDT began to search for new leaders with the vision, talent and energy to take Superfest to the next level. They found Catherine Kudlick, director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University, and Bryan Bashin, CEO of the San Francisco Lighthouse for the Blind. This November, the Bay Area will once again come alive with the visions of film and media makers exploring the rich diversity of disability culture. Stay tuned for upcoming events and announcements!

What is Superfest? Is Superfest only for filmmakers/writers/producers with disabilities…?

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The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability & LightHouse for the Blind and Visually impaired.

Organizers

What began in 1970 in Los Angeles as a small film showcase has grown into a media event.

History

2014 Films and Award Winners

Films and Award Winners to be Featured at Superfest 2014

Film Title Director Award
The Interviewer Dir. Genevieve Clay-Smith & R. Bryan Best of Festival Award
Vectors of Autism Dir. John Schaffer Excellence Award
Once Again Dir. J. Spottswood Moore Excellence Award
Everything is Incredible Dirs. Tyler Bastian & Trevor Hill  & Tim Skousen Merit Award
The Nature of Pleasure Dir. Thanh Diep P. K. Walker Innovation in Craft Award
Krutch Dir. Clark Matthews Disabled Filmmaker Award
Restraint and Seclusion Dir. Dan Habib Advocacy Award
Juggle and Cut Dir. Caleb Slain screened at festival
Shining Into Dir. Thanh Diep screened at festival
The Mural Dir. Fran Guijarro screened at festival
The Limbless Mountaineer Dir. Paul Crompton screened at festival

Schedule for November 2, 2014

MORNING SESSION 11-2PM:

The Limbless Mountaineer (UK), Paul Crompton

Paul Crompton documents quadruple amputee Jamie Andrew as the experienced mountaineer attempts to climb the Matterhorn.

The Mural (US), dir. Fran Guijarro

This documentary follows the collaboration of two different groups of artists from San Francisco: artists with developmental disabilities from the San Francisco ARC and civic artists from [freespace].

Juggle and Cut (US), dir. Caleb Slain

Following a spinal cord injury from a car accident, Andy Phelps is no longer able to continue his passions of juggling, unicycle-riding, and fire-breathing. In this documentary, Phelps shares his new-found career as a film editor, which he can accomplish with assistive technology. Through finding a new outlet for his creative energies, Phelps demonstrates that acquiring a disability does not mean a death of creativity.

Shining Into (US), Thanh Diep

In her first film of the festival, Thanh Diep poetically asserts her self-worth while grappling with society’s negative perception of her as a person with cerebral palsy.

Everything is Incredible (HN), dir. Tyler Bastian, Trevor Hill, & Tim Skousen, Merit Award

Using scraps found in his poor Honduran neighborhood, wheelchair rider Augustin has been working to build a homemade helicopter for over fifty years. Family and community members are concerned that Augustin is wasting time, money, and hope on a project he has neither the means nor the training to complete. However, the documentary hints that even a task that so many have deemed “pointless” can provide a person with the purpose and zest for life they need to survive living in poverty.

Filmmaker Q&A

AFTERNOON SESSION 2-5:30PM:

Vectors of Autism: A Documentary about Laura Nagle (US), dir. John Schaffer, Excellence Award

In this documentary, Laura Nagle draws viewers into her experiences of autism—from her struggles to live independently to her unique ways of thinking that fuel her career as an architect. Throughout, autism remains a source of happiness and pride for Nagle, encouraging the viewer to appreciate rather than stigmatize the neurodiversity of humans.

The Nature of Pleasure (US), dir. Thanh Diep, P.K.Walker Innovation in Craft Award

Local Bay Area artist Thanh Diep pushes the avant-garde in her second film of the festival, as she explores her relationship to love, sex, and disability.

Once Again (US), dir. J. Spottswood Moore, Excellence Award

Using a mixture of home video footage and original animation, Spottswood Moore vividly portrays what it is like to grow up with obsessive compulsive disorder.

Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories (US), Dan Habib, Advocacy Award

A panel of people with disabilities discuss their experiences being restrained and secluded as students, uncovering the abuse occurring under the guise of “education” in American schools.

The Interviewer (AU), dir. Genevieve Clay-Smith & R. Bryan, Best of Festival Award

When Thomas Howell goes to interview for his dream job at a prestigious law firm, he isn’t expecting that the interviewer will be a quirky, pop culture-referencing, young man with Down syndrome. However, as Thomas, the interviewer, and the firm’s senior partner learn, the right man for the job can come in an unexpected package.

Krutch (US), dir. Clark Matthews, Disabled Filmmaker Award*

This sexy short follows a physically disabled woman as she unwinds after a long day. [Please note: The film Krutch contains explicit sexual content and nudity. Anyone who is under 18 will be asked to leave the room for the screening of Krutch.]

Filmmaker Q&A

All attendees are invited to join our after party at Thirsty Bear, 661 Howard Street, free admission, drinks and food available for purchase.

About Nina G – Superfest 2014’s Emcee:

A waist high shot of a smiling Nina G holding a microphone.

Nina G.

Nina G is America’s favorite female stuttering stand up comedian (granted she is the only one). She is also a disability activist, storyteller, children’s book author and educator. She brings her humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity, and equity.

Nina was diagnosed with a Learning Disability and began to stutter while in elementary school. She struggled to deal with teachers who underestimated her abilities, teasing from peers and family members, and issues of self-esteem. Nina was raised in the Oakland area and attended UC Berkeley where the roots of the Disability Movement took place, solidifying her identity as a person with a disability, one she sees with cultural and political empowerment.  She later received her doctoral degree and works toward access for people with disabilities. Nina strives not to overcome her disability but to overcome the attitudes about what people with disabilities can achieve.

When she isn’t performing at comedy clubs like the San Francisco Punchline or the Laugh Factory, she is playing colleges and presenting as a keynote speaker to children with disabilities and training professionals!

http://www.ninagcomedian.com/

Facebook Fan Page: Facebook.com/ninagcomedian
Twitter: @ninagcomedian (occasional adult content)

Film Stills:

Jamie stands on a deck, the Matterhorn mountain can be seen behind him in the background.

The Limbless Mountaineer

Letters cutout from magazines read "Famous Cindys Grecco Backstone" with a portion of the text cut off.

The Mural

A juggler's hat lays on a wooden desk.

Juggle and Cut

A neon sketch of an abstract bird with text that reads, "I say I am like a bird that opens her wings and flies."

Shining Into

An older man from Honduras sits in a hospital-style wheelchair, the camera shoots looking down on him from above.

Everything Is Incredible

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A movie poster for Vectors of Autism shows an illustrated head, cluttered with items and machinery

Vectors of Autism: A Documentary about Laura Nagle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A silouette of a face is sketched over with the filmmaker's drawing of a face.

The Nature of Pleasure

 

A cartoon drawing of a boy sitting at a desk at school worries about the oven being on in his home.

Once Again

A panel of disabled people, aging from teens to early 20s, sits at a conference panel.

Restraint and Seclusion: Hear Our Stories

A man with Down syndrome wears a suit and stands raising his arm in a conference room.

The Interviewer

The bottom half of five fitures shows their legs and feet. A person wearing a dress and using a crutch stands the closest to the camera.

Krutch

Superfest This Year

Superfest 2014

Superfest International Disability Film Festival is a showcase of juried films held in the San Francisco Bay Area. This annual competition celebrates cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability culture in all its diverse, complex, and empowering facets, and is the longest running festival of its kind in the world. Superfest 2014 will focus exclusively on short films 40 minutes and under in length that compellingly portray disabilities or are written, produced, directed or starring disabled individuals. Judges will assess entries in the competition based on a number of critical artistic criteria, including: artistic merit and impactful message.

The festival will be held at the magnificent Contemporary Jewish Museum in the heart of San Francisco, next to Yerba Buena Gardens, SFMOMA and the Metreon. November 2, 2014 – specific times for film showings will be announced once we finalize the program.

In addition to ample space for wheelchairs, a friendly environment for service animals and a scent-free environment, films will be audio described and captioned to ensure a welcoming environment for people of all disabilities.

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Support for Superfest

Be a part of Superfest’s mission to present an educational, empowering and entertaining film festival that celebrates disability as a generative and creative force in cinema and more broadly in culture. Superfest celebrates how far both cinema and people with disabilities have come by providing an array of stories that represent disability culture in all its diverse, complex, and empowering facets. Your contribution advances the work of disabled artists’ films that explore disability through film and provides a platform for artists to share their stories with the world. Please make a difference today and join our community of supporters.

Sponsorship

Superfest Lead Sponsor – $10,000

Which includes: Ten premium seat tickets, your company name and logo on event signage, your logo in festival programs, posters and outreach media, an announcement of your sponsorship from the podium at the film festival, your support will be publicized in our monthly eNewsletter sent to over 5000 constituents, and your support will appear in our print newsletter distributed to over 4,000 constituents.

Super Star Sponsor- $5,000

Which includes: Five premium seat tickets, your logo in festival programs, posters and outreach media, an announcement of your sponsorship from the podium at the film festival, your support will be publicized in our monthly eNewsletter sent to over 5000 constituents, and your support will appear in our print newsletter distributed to over 4,000 constituents.

 Silver Screen Sponsor – $1,000

Which includes: Two premium seat tickets, your logo in festival programs, posters and outreach media, an announcement of your sponsorship from the podium at the film festival, your support will be publicized in our monthly eNewsletter sent to over 5000 constituents, and your support will appear in our print newsletter distributed to over 4,000 constituents.

Big Screen Sponsor – Any Amount

Which includes: Your company name in festival programs and flyers, your support will be publicized in our monthly eNewsletter sent to over 5000 constituents and will appear in our print newsletter distributed to 4,000 constituents.

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Is Superfest Right For You?

Film submissions for 2014 Superfest are now closed.  Check back in January for 2015 Superfest submission guidelines and key dates.

Superfest is the longest running film festival venerating disability in films. Founded in 1970, this yearly Bay Area grassroots event has grown into an international media showcase honoring the unique contributions of the expanding disability arts and culture movement, exhibiting the most innovative and provocative works from established and emerging filmmakers. Crucial to Superfest is that the majority of the leaders, jurors and participants are people with disabilities whose judgments and values inform festival choices.

Superfest 2014

Theme: Superfest 2014 will focus exclusively on short films 40 minutes and under in length that compellingly portray disabilities or are written, produced, directed by or starring disabled individuals. Judges will assess entries in the competition based on a number of critical artistic criteria, including artistic merit and impactful message.

Where: The festival will be held at the magnificent Contemporary Jewish Museum in the heart of San Francisco, next to Yerba Buena Gardens, SF MOMA and the Metreon.

When: November 2, 2014 – specific times for film showings will be announced once we finalize the program.

Accommodations: In addition to ample space for wheelchairs, a friendly environment for service animals and a scent-free environment, films will be audio described and captioned to ensure a welcoming environment for people of all disabilities.

 

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