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 Sue Austin with Freewheeling.
Produced by Making Change Media, Fixed is directed by Regan Brashear, an Oakland, CA-based independent filmmaker, founder of Making Change Media, and an active member-owner of New Day Films, a social issue educational media distribution cooperative. Distributed to public TV through American Public Television and presented by KRCB, Fixed explores the promise and perils of enhancing humans.
“In this accelerating age of human enhancement, this documentary explores pressing questions around technology, innovation, genetics, and disability that are deeply relevant to this time. What is unique and refreshing about Fixed is how well it presents many sides to these complex bioethical debates in a nuanced and balanced manner, raising questions and leaving it to the viewer to come to their own conclusions.“ — Stan Marvin, TV Program Director, KRCB
Best of the Festival Award, Superfest International Disability Film Festival, 2015.
Harris Jury Prize for Best Film, ReelAbilities FIlm Festival, 2015.
Best Feature Documentary, Picture This International Disability FIlm Festival 2014.
Preview screeners available upon request.
Watch trailer: bit.ly/FXDtrailer
More information about Fixed: www.fixedthemovie.com
More about the public TV broadcast: bit.ly/APTFIXED
Broadcast dates/times: bit.ly/PTVdates
Downloadable Press Kit: bit.ly/FXDPressKit
Downloadable Press Pix: http://www.fixedthemovie.com/for-press/
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About Making Change Media
Making Change Media is a documentary production company based in Oakland, CA, that specializes in educational media on pressing social issues of our time.
About American Public Television (APT)
American Public Television (APT) has been a leading distributor of high-quality, top-rated programming to the nation’s public television stations since 1961. APT also has distributed approximately half of the top 100 highest-rated public television titles for nearly 10 years. Among its 300 new program titles per year, APT programs include prominent documentaries, news and current affairs programs, dramas, how-to programs, children’s series and classic movies. America’s Test Kitchen From Cook’s Illustrated, Rick Steves’ Europe, Doc Martin, Nightly Business Report, Moyers & Company, NHK Newsline, Lidia’s Italy in America, Globe Trekker, Simply Ming, BBC World News and P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home join numerous documentaries and performance programs popular with public television viewers. APT licenses programs internationally through its APT Worldwide service. Now in its seventh year, Create® TV — featuring the best of public television’s lifestyle programming — is distributed by APT. APT also distributes WORLD™, public television’s premier news, science and documentary channel.
Press Contact: Regan Brashear; #510-470-0413; firstname.lastname@example.org