Jamie Foxx headlines all-star cast.
Recently, I blogged about the new NBC television show “Ironside,” which will debut this fall. The show’s main character is a paraplegic, but the actor that portrays him is the non disabled actor Blair Underwood. I am used to nondisabled people pretending to be disabled for the big screen. But a character on what could probably be a hit TV series that airs weekly crosses a different line. Unfortunately, it is just one of many lines that are constantly crossed in Hollywood when it comes to the portrayal and presentation of my brothers and sisters with disabilities.
A new documentary film, “Cinemability” explores the history of film’s questionable presentation of disability. It started with the old silent films and continues to this day. The most recent example is the evil antagonist in the movie “The Lone Ranger.”
In “Cinemability,” Jenni Gold, a disabled filmmaker, uses clips from movies, combined with commentary about the issue from Hollywood heavyweights, to weave a detailed thorough examination of the subject of disability representation in film. Among the names of the people featured: Jamie Fox, Ben Affleck, Jane Seymour, William H. Macy.
It is very important that you see this film! Go to the film’s website and find a screening near you. If you can’t find one, think about hosting one! http://www.cinemability.com
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