Sandra Alland and Lisa Mattocks co-curated the Viewfinder programme of short films, Unapologetic Self-Portraits, with SICK! Festival. In this collection of films, disabled and D/deaf people are taking back the camera or the stage or the poem, moving away from the pity, tragedy or supercrip inspiration narratives that are so common when speaking about disability – we’re telling our own stories in our ways.Read more »
There are ten films in the Viewfinder playlist, totaling 65 minutes. The films feature both new and established disabled and D/deaf artists working in dance, theatre, film, animation, poetry and performance art. Genres range from documentary to stop-motion animation to comedy, from poetry to Surreal dance film – giving a taste of some of the most exciting moving images being created by and about disability-focused artists and companies.
We’ve got Candoco Dance Company with Hetain Patel, theatre artist Touretteshero, dancer Claire Cunningham, BSL poet Alison Smith, performance company Sins Invalid, filmmaker and performer Kim Noble, animator and director Drew Goldsmith, Shadowlight’s dancer Mark Barber, Disabled Avant-Garde’s visual artists and performers Katherine Araniello and Aaron Williamson, and a longer short by Michael Achtman featuring Margo Cargill and Alex Bulmer.