Archive for the 'Films' Category

19
Aug
14

Disability News Today — 3 items

1.  Disney reforms disability access policybarred

Disneyland and Disney World have been having abuses to their disability policy, and now they have made a change.  Read more>>>>

2.  Disability Film Festival
From November 17-20, the 3rd International Disability Film Festival “Breaking Down Barriers” was held in Moscow at the movie theater Salyut, still one of the most accessible movie theaters in town. More than 1,500 people attended the four day event.  Viewers included teachers, social protection officials, students of film and social work, special educators, disability activists and other members of the community.

The festival showcased nearly 100 films from Canada, France, South Africa, Georgia, Russia, the U.S., Italy, Mexico, Denmark, Belgium, Ireland, the UK, Austria, Mexico, Germany, and India.  Films were short and long features, documentaries, animation, films for children, about children, public service announcements, and more.  The films from 20 countries competed for 11 awards.  The awards were selected by a distinguished jury of Russian film-makers, chaired by the famous Russian director, writer, producer and actor, Aleksander Mitta, who graduated from the well-known All-Russian Cinema Institute in 1960.  He is also a recipient of the distinguished Russian Film Award, 2001, TEFI. In 2004 he was awarded the title “Most Popular Artist of Russia.” At the start of the festival, Mr. Mitta was interviewed by national Russian TV.  On National TV Mr Mitta remarked: “These are films about disabled people, but they are not for them, they’re for us.  You get such a sense of fullness from them …And it’s all true.”Read more about the Moscow Film Festival…

  1. Scholarships for Folks with Disabilities

Detail: The MassMutual Scholars program is a national scholarship program for eligible students interested in careers in the insurance and financial services industry.

This year, MassMutual awarded $2,500 and $5,000 scholarships to 31 high achieving college students to help them pursue their higher education dreams. Student applicants were evaluated on their academic performance, commitment to education, and financial need, as well as a personal essay in which many shared poignant stories about their desires to achieve a degree and their need for assistance.

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11
Mar
10

The Good from Evil

Painting featuring adam and eve

"Adam & Eve & Eve and Adam," 1999, acrylic and mixed media on wood, 24 x 24", $8400

This concept is often discussed in religious and atheistic circles.  The idea that God allows evil.  The one side argues that a good all knowing and omnipotent God would not allow evil, and therefore there is no God.  The other side argues that God allows the free will of man and nature. (See links at bottom) The point here is that the challenges of life, the trials and tribulations we all experience in live generate responses from us, and define our character.

If we all lived in the Garden of Eden, where we have abundant supply and resources, where we have eternity to live, and where we walk with God, then we would have little to challenge us to become better people, for everything would e perfect.  Can you picture that?  A place without struggle.

I realize, as millions before me, that, when dealing with the trials and tribulations of life, we must embrace them, wrestle with them, and learn from them for then we pave the way for healthy living.  You may not have a disability, but you have your challenges.  Everyone, including the rich with all the supply and resources available to them, have challenges too.  So look at your challenge – yes the one right in front of you – and you know what you have to do.  The target is sitting right in front of your nose.

That’s the first step in the living of life, grasping that the challenge is your destiny.  Every good story has an antagonist and a protagonist.  Where it gets hairy is when they both reside in your own soul.  You see when we allow the demons of the soul to enter and dominate, we then begin to see why Christians say everyone needs the savior.  I think the Batman film series and Star Wars draws upon this thematic archtype.  Can you see that Luke Skywalker and Darth are the same.  One gone to the dark side, the other nearly overcome by the insanity of his own hate.  But the love overcomes evil in the end, and Darth lets go of his hate, as the spark of love for Luke extinguishes his evil ways.

So why is there disability and illness?  What good is there in having limitation?  See it’s the challenge, the challenge to overcome evil with good.  That good can come from so many places.  So many great things are encapsulated in the process of standing again when you’ve lost your legs; when you see without sight, when you hear a world who no longer can be heard, or when you speak devoid of voice.  These are truly miraculous and amaze us all.

We may not be Jesus and can bring sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and purity to the lepers, but we are challenged to improve their lot and end their suffering.  When society has chosen to pick up these challenges and address them, society has reaped the benefit of their efforts.  So embrace your limitation.  It is your mountain to climb; and the difficulty, the pain, and the anguish are the grit, dirt and soil for the flowering beauty of Eden in our midst.

Selected Links:

Why Does God Allow Bad Things to Happen

Bane of Monothesism

Tall, Dark and Ruthless:  The Romantic Allure of Darth Vader

Jung’s Archetypes

How to understand that trials and tribulations are a part of our Christian faith

25
Feb
10

See What I’m Saying: Screening

Picture of the movie release posterThis post is brought to you by Hilari Scarl, Sheila Dvorak, and Nathan Crocker.  We at OSDHORN have not reviewed the film, but want to give our readers, the ability to see the trailer and the music video.  We would love a review of the film if any of you see it.  Just post your comments on this post.

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Hello Southern California! The producers of our film and our community partner at The Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness (GLAD) have a unique opportunity for the students in your community. We are extending an invitation to come see the theatrical run of a brand new documentary film called “See What I’m Saying: The Deaf Entertainers Documentary” produced and directed by Hilari Scarl.

This inspirational documentary follows four well-known entertainers in the deaf community: a comic, a drummer, an actor and a singer as they attempt to cross over to mainstream audiences. These uniquely talented entertainers overcome great challenges to celebrate success, and their story is uplifting, inspirational and educational to all of those who watch it, both in the deaf and hearing communities. This film will be the very first commercially released, open captioned film in cinematic history.

We would love for you and your students to be a part of history! We are extending an opportunity for you to purchase group tickets for our Los Angeles run. Showings are scheduled from Friday, March 19 – Thursday, April 1, 2010 with 5 screenings daily at 1:00pm, 3:10pm, 5:20pm, 7:30pm, and 9:50pm. The director and special guests will be at each of these screenings.

Tickets are available for purchase now at www.laemmle.com; however please contact us for information on group sales rates at by calling 310-880-6987 or by emailing Nathan@worldplayinc.com.

Additional Information:

LA Premier:  March 19th through April 1st.

Theatre:  Laemmle Sunset 5

8000 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, 90046
310-478-3836

New York Premier:  April 9th to April 22nd

Village East Cinema

181 – 189 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
212-529-6799

EARLY TOUR ANNOUNCEMENTS
Many, many more cities being added. Thank you for your patience on exact cities and dates – we have over 250 requests!

February 27, 2010
Athens, GA
Georgia Center, Masters Hall
2pm, 7:00pm and 9:30pm screening

April 17, 2010
Palace Theater
2384 James Street
Syracuse, NY
7:00 PM screening

October 13, 2010
Focus Film Festival
Opening Night Film
Chico, CA

WORLD PREMIERE of SEE WHAT I’M SAYING – March 18, 2010
Egyptian Theater – 6:00 PM red carpet,   7:30 PM screening.
Limited tickets available at Fandango Movie Tickets on sale any day now. Promise!

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