Informal screening with NIH scientists in D.C.

One of the highlights from my recent trip to DC was an informal screening of FIXED at the home of two recently retired NIH program chairs, Dennis Glanzman and Yuan Liu. Guests included a number of other NIH scientists, program and division chairs/heads, as well as a few friends from a variety of governmental agencies and elsewhere.

It was such a treat to share FIXED with this group of (largely) neuroscientists, many of whom are deeply engaged in the research of neuro-prosthetics. They generously shared their ideas after the screening of how we might be able to get the film more widely viewed in their scientific communities.
 
Here are some of their reflections on FIXED:
 
“Very moving! It is a very thoughtful documentary. I particularly liked the presentation of societal issues and the mix with technology advancement. The two may not be in conflict but discussions are needed to bring people together; and this documentary achieved that. Thank you.”
 
“I appreciated that it covered the full spectrum of assistive and ‘enhancing’ technologies. For example, grouping prosthetics with tools changed the way I think about them. Also, given the current political discussions of economic inequality, it is thought-provoking to consider issues related to access inequality.”
 
“It gives a perspective on prosthetics that is rarely discussed in engineering or scientific meetings – very necessary and very much appreciated.”
 
“Stunning, thought-provoking…”
 
“Amazing range of topics and emotions. So very truthful and honest.”
 
“This is a truly thought-provoking, inspirational, powerful, educational film that I’ve ever watched!”

Many thanks to all who attended and to our gracious hosts! I look forward to finding ways to share FIXED with the scientific community more in the future.
 

By |Tuesday, December 15, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

FIXED wins “Best of the Festival” Award at Superfest!

 

FIXED won “Best of the Festival” (Feature) on Nov 15th, 2015, at the Superfest International Disability Film Festival in San Francisco, CA!

Here are a few of the fabulous people from Team FIXED!

A huge thanks to Superfest’s hosts from the Contemporary Jewish Museum and to festival organizers from the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University and the Lighthouse for the Blind.

By |Sunday, November 29, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

FIXED’s Toronto Premiere @ TIFF, Dec 3rd

As part of the United Nations’ International Day for Persons with Disabilities, TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) is offering a free screening of FIXED, as part of their Higher Learning Series on Thursday, Dec 3, 2015 @ 11am.

The screening will be followed by a panel featuring Christian Martius of York University, Kelly Fristch of the University of Toronto, Milos Popovic of U of T and the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and Esther Ignagni of Ryerson University, who will discuss the politics and ethics of such human-technology fusions.

Co-presented with the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University. This event is open to the public.

TIFF Bell Lightbox is committed to offering an equitable and accessible environment for all patrons. There is limited accessible seating within the venue’s cinemas. The screening will be presented with open captions. Hearing Assist and Descriptive Sound devices are available and compatible with this screening. We will have ASL interpretation for the panel.

By |Sunday, November 29, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

School Library Journal selects FIXED as one of their “Top 10 DVDs” of the year!

School Library Journal picks Fixed as one of their top picks of the year!
“The thoughtful and probing Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement (New Day Films; Gr 9 Up) challenges viewers’ ideas of what it means to be human, by tackling head-on the assumptions of ableism. The documentary deals with the history of disability rights up to the 21st century, with bionic arms and other enhancements becoming more common. An excellent means to provoke discussion in biology and ethics classes.”
Thanks, SLJ! This is quite an honor!
Far beyond just biology and ethics, however, Fixed is currently being used as a teaching tool in well over 300 universities in a wide range fields, such as:

Disability Studies
Sociology
Science & Technology Studies
Engineering
Gender Studies
Rehab Science
PhilosophySocial Work
Nursing/Medical Schools
Education/Special Ed
Legal Studies / Law Schools
Medical Anthropology
Human Development
Psychology/Counseling programs
Genetics
Bioethics
Disability Services resource centers
High Schools
Occupational and Physical Therapy programs
Prosthetics

Additional screenings are happening at:

Staff training for Supported Employment resource centers, Voc Rehab counselors and Case Managers, CILs, Disability Rights and Advocacy orgs, etc…
Staff training at corporations (past staff screenings include: Genentech, Intel, Starbucks HQ, etc.)
Museums (past screenings include: Exploratorium, National Museum of Health and Medicine in Chicago, Museum of Disability History, etc…) 
Public libraries
Places of worship
Community Centers
Independent theaters
Film festivals
Academic and professional conferences

About the top 10 chosen, School Library Journal states “Of the more than 250 DVDs reviewed last year, the following are memorable works that will enhance curricula with their strong educational and entertainment appeal. Diverse in every sense of the word—both in format and in subjects addressed—these are can’t-miss DVDs that have a place in every collection, but, most importantly, they’re all exceptional productions…”
***To celebrate, we are offering a 15% discount on all university or college orders with promo code: FIXD15 which can be ordered here: https://www.newday.com/film/fixed ***

By |Thursday, November 19, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

FIXED sweeps the nation on public TV!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

How much of the body can we alter and still be human?

Public Television Premiere of Award-Winning Film on the Promise and Perils of Human Enhancement, in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

“An ethical and philosophical mind-bender…” — CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival

(Oakland, CA. July 20, 2015.) In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), three-time award-winning documentary Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement, premieres on public television this week, kicking off with over 1,300 telecasts scheduled around the country, through the WORLD channel (WGBH) and over 100 other primary channels, reaching over 92 million homes in more than 81% of the country.

From botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more “upgradeable” than ever. But how much of it can we alter and still be human? What do we gain or lose in the process? Fixed explores the social impact of human biotechnologies and rethinks “disability” and “normalcy” by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever.

Starring NPR radio host John Hockenberry, MIT bionics engineer Hugh Herr, disability justice educator Patty Berne; biochemist and ability studies scholar Gregor Wolbring; Ekso exoskeleton test pilot Fernanda Castelo; robot scientist Rodney Brooks; bioethicist and policy advocate Marcy Darnovsky; reproductive rights advocate Sujatha Jesudason; disability lawyer Silvia Yee, disability studies scholar Dominika Bednarska; futurist Jamais Cascio; brain-computer interface study participant Tim Hemmes; and transhumanist James Hughes and philosophy professor Cressida Heyes. With cameo performances by some of the world’s leading integrated dance companies, featuring disabled and non-disabled dancers and artists, including the Anjali Dance Company, Antoine Hunter, AXIS Dance Company, Candoco Dance Company, Dancing Wheels Company, Heidi Latsky Dance’s GIMP, Kounterclockwise, Lisa Bufano, and […]

By |Wednesday, July 22, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Starbucks features FIXED for #ADA25

Calling all coffee lovers,

If you get your cuppa joe at Starbucks from July 20th through July 26th, be sure to bring your laptop. When you log in to use their wi-fi, this is what you’ll find.

 

This spring, we were contacted by Starbucks about hosting a screening at their headquarters. We decided to make a trade:  a free screening of FIXED at the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle, which happened last week with Starbucks EVP Scott Pitaskty, in exchange for featuring the FIXED trailer in all of their cafes across the U.S. and Canada for one week. Part of Starbucks efforts to increase disability awareness in-house (and out) leading up to ‪#‎ADA25‬ – and not to mention, great exposure for FIXED!

By |Wednesday, July 22, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Coalition of leading Disability Rights organizations host the Washington, D.C. Premiere of Fixed

Fixed had a phenomenal DC Premiere  at St. Stephens and the Incarnation Episcopal Church on March 3rd, 2015. Co-sponsored by the United Spinal Association, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and several other leading disability rights groups, as well as the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. Moderated by Patrick Cokley from the Lead On Network.

Event Program:
Opening Remarks 7pm -7:10pm
MC, Patrick Cokley, Lead On Network
Film screening – FIXED 7:10-8:10PM
Panel discussion 8:15-9:00PM

MODERATOR: Mr. Cokley is a long-time disability advocate who works to bring issues of inclusion to the forefront of all communities. He has significant experience working at the intersection of disability policy and social media, in both the Federal and non-profit sectors. As a founding member of the Lead On Network, Mr. Cokley serves as the Administrator for the Lead On Update, an up-to-the-minute social-media focused resource to discover, collect, and also provide commentary on media articles on technology, employment, and education as well as policies, programs, and events on Capitol Hill as they relate to disability. Visit the site at www.leadonnetwork.org/wordpress or follow us on facebook, tumblr or twitter @leadonupdate. As a graduate of a Historically Black University, Mr. Cokley believes that it is imperative that the disability and traditional diversity communities learn to work together as they both share the core values of inclusion. Cultural barriers have led to disability being a taboo subject in many ethnic communities, and the disability community needs the experience of the diversity field to continue their advocacy and policy goals. Only together can both communities realize the success of an America that is inclusive of all of its citizens.

PANELISTS:
Heather L. Ansley is the Associate General Counsel for Corporate and Government Relations at Paralyzed Veterans of America. Ms. Ansley began her tenure with […]

By |Monday, July 6, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Future Tense: Will Technology Put an End to Disability?” – Special event based on FIXED

On March 4, 2015, Future Tense, a partnership between the New America Foundation, Arizona State University and Slate magazine, hosted a special event based on – and in collaboration with – Fixed:The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement called “Future Tense: Will Technology Put an End to Disability?”

“Attention-grabbing advances in robotics and neurotechnology have caused many to rethink the concept of human disability. A paraplegic man in a robotic suit took the first kick at the 2014 World Cup, for instance, and the FDA has approved a bionic arm controlled with signals from the brain. It’s not hard to imagine that soon these advances may allow people to run, lift, and even think better than what is currently considered “normal”—challenging what it means to be human. But some in the disability community reject these technologies; for others, accessing them can be an overwhelmingly expensive and bureaucratic process. As these technological innovations look more and more like human engineering, will we need to reconsider what it means to be able and disabled?

Watch the entire event in two parts below.

Read related features on Slate:
Disabled by Design: How a lack of imagination in technology keeps the world inaccessible to huge numbers of people.
By Clark Miller and Claire Gordon
Will Technology Put an End to Disability? A Future Tense Event Recap
By Jacob Brogan
People With Disabilities Shouldn’t Be Defined by the Technologies They Do or Don’t Use
By Silvia Yee
The Best Adaptive Technologies Are Designed by, Not for, People With Disabilities
By Sethuraman Panchanathan
How Do You Make a Better Facebook Experience for Blind Users? Ask These “Empathy Engineers.”
By Cade Metz
 

Panel #1: Engineering Ability

​Jennifer French, Executive director, Neurotech Network
Larry Jasinksi, CEO, ReWalk Robotics
Will Oremus, Senior technology writer, Slate

Panel […]

By |Monday, July 6, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

University of Rochester hosts a symposium based on FIXED!

2014 University of Rochester Disability Studies Cluster Symposium
“Complicating Normalcy: Disability, Technology, and Society in the Twenty-First Century” symposium
One of the biggest honors for FIXED is happening this Friday, Nov 14th. The University of Rochester’s Disability Studies Cluster has organized a day-long symposium using the film as a jumping off point. Director Regan Brashear and FIXED superstar Dr. Gregor Wolbring will be the keynote speakers, following a screening of the film.

We can’t wait to be a part of this exciting event, to meet all of the attendees and to learn about everyone’s work and how it intersects with the film in different ways!

Please join us for the University of Rochester’s first Disability Studies Cluster Symposium on November 14. Themed “Complicating Normalcy: Disability, Technology, and Society in the Twenty-First Century,” the symposium is organized around the documentary film FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement. The film explores the meaning of “disability” and “normalcy” in contemporary times through the examination of technological and pharmacological advances designed to “fix or enhance the human body” and the bioethical implications and social tensions that arise from these scientific advances.

Registration is free. Coffee, a light breakfast, and lunch will be provided.

Keynote Speakers:
Regan Brashear, producer and director of Fixed, has been working on disability, economic, racial, LGBTQ, and youth justice issues for over two decades through documentary film, theater, union organizing, community forums, and grassroots activism. Previously, Brashear served as a producer and community engagement coordinator at Open Eye Pictures, a documentary-production company in Sausalito, Calif., doing community engagement for the Academy Award-shortlisted film Under Our Skin and as co-producer for The Grove, a film about the National AIDS Memorial Grove. Both films aired on PBS stations across the country in 2011. […]

By |Monday, November 10, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

FIXED premieres in Denmark at CHP:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival

CHP:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival is hosting 3 screenings of FIXED, including two special events structured as public debates. Find more details on these events below:

Saturday, Nov 8th, 2014 at 7pm (regular screening)
Thursday, Nov 13th at 5:15pm (first special event – debate)
Saturday, Nov 15th at 7:15pm (second special event- debate)

The first debate (11/13) is part of the festival’s 5 ‘court case’ debates. Each time two political youth parties will debate a subject on in the roles of prosecutor and defender and a jury of 3 experts. At the screening of Fixed, the experts will be a priest, a geneticist and a representative of The Danish Association of the Disabled. This debate is about ethics and will address the issues of humans playing God. Each of the festival’s 5 Megatrends have a ‘court case’ debate.
The second debate (11/15) will focus much more on the technological side of theme. For this, 4 robot scientists will be debating, who all work with the humanitarians and how humans and technology interact and melt together. The 3 scientists from ROCA (Robot Culture and Aesthetics) will set up 3 dilemmas about human/machine relations.
Where is the limit? And has there ever been one? Modern technology makes it possible to extend the body’s natural abilities and help people who have been disabled in accidents or wars. But one thing is to help, another to optimise. And right now, we are on the verge of what has been called the transhuman era, which will raise some very fundamental questions about what it means to be ‘normal’ – and being a human. Research and development is moving fast, and with it comes a whole new market based on unbridled competition. The perspectives are staggering, […]

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