Inclusion in the Arts is thrilled to report that the historic TCM October series, “The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film” was an overwhelming success. TCM audio described and captioned all 21 films to ensure the films were accessible to the populations they represent and to provide them with as similar an experience as possible to nondisabled audiences.
The films were introduced by TCM’s Ben Mankiewicz and Lawrence Carter-Long, who curated and co-hosted the series on behalf of Inclusion in the Arts. This was a remarkable opportunity to put the films both in historical context and demonstrate how disability has been portrayed on screen from 1927 to 1987. An integral part of the festival were TCM’s signature interstitials that further explored themes of casting and portrayals through in-depth interviews from the perspective of performers with disabilities. The interviews included Board of Director member Linda Bove, Marlee Matlin, Robert David Hall, Geri Jewell, Kurt Jaeger, and Danny Woodburn. Interstitials and film introductions remain available for viewing at http://turnerentertainmentpr.com/tcm/showpage.jsp?oid=1554#
Each Tuesday in October, Inclusion in the Arts’ outreach campaign focused on the weekly theme. Organizations supported our efforts and disseminated our message to their communities by posting on websites, Facebook and Twitter. In addition, we hosted live tweeting with co-host Lawrence Carter-Long and Inclusion staff members Christine Bruno, David Harrell and Sindy Gordon. A Social Medial Kit, which included our Twitter address, was created and highlighted how organizations could join our campaign and participate more fully. TCM created the hashtag #ProjectedImageTCM for even wider appeal
Our outreach partners included The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), United Cerebral Palsy, The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Got Your 6, Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics, Amputee Coalition and American Council of the Blind.
We strongly encourage you to send congratulations to TCM on the success of “The Projected Image: A History of Disability in Film.” They deserve our sincere thanks for their unprecedented efforts. The contact link is below.
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