NIC Disability Awareness Film Festival 2016-2017

The NIC Disability Awareness Film Festival has an exciting list of disability awareness films for the 2016/2017 season.  Film dates, times and descriptions are below.  The films will be shown in the North Idaho College Edminster Student Union Building in the Driftwood Bay Room, located on the main floor.  If you need accommodations or special assistance, or if you have questions or comments, please contact the NIC Disability Support Office at (208) 665-4520 or (208) 769-7794.  We look forward to seeing you at the films!!

The Disability Awareness Film Festival is made possible through the efforts of the NIC Diversity Council, the Molstead Library, and  Disability Support Services. 

(Note...film titles may be substituted if the college is unable to obtain a film in time for a scheduled showing.  So, please check back to review the list prior to attending each event...thanks for your understanding!).

ADMISSION - FREE
POPCORN - FREE

Time Title Description Length & Rating
Sept. 28th
Noon - 1:30
Driftwood Bay, SUB
On Beauty  On Beauty FilmFrom Emmy-nominated filmmaker Joanna Rudnick (In the Family) and Chicago’s Kartemquin Films comes a story about challenging norms and redefining beauty. On Beauty follows fashion photographer Rick Guidotti, who left the fashion world when he grew frustrated with having to work within the restrictive parameters of the industry’s standard of beauty. After a chance encounter with a young woman who had the genetic condition albinism, Rick re-focused his lens on those too often relegated to the shadows to change the way we see and experience beauty.
IF YOU MISSED THIS FILM SCREENING, IT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR CHECKOUT AT THE NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE MOLSTEAD LIBRARY.

31 min., Not Rated

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  Outsider, The Life and Art of Judith Scott Outsider, The Life and Art of Judith Scott filmFor more than a decade, Judith Scott (1943 - 2005) was deeply involved in making large, colorful body-like sculptures out of found objects and yarn. Her works are abstract, dense, multilayered and, ultimately, a mystery, yet she could not tell us what they mean, or what inspired her to create these objects. Judith had Down syndrome, was deaf, and did not speak. These sculptures were her most complex means of communication. Judith spent thirty-five years institutionalized, with no creative outlet. Because of her deafness, she had been misdiagnosed as having an IQ of only 30; her parents were told that there was no hope of her ever accomplishing anything. It was only when her twin sister Joyce regained custody of Judith in the 1980's that her creative life began to blossom, when Joyce brought her to the Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, the country s oldest and largest community-based arts program for people with developmental disabilities. Today her work sells for thousands of dollars, and has captured the attention of collectors and museums worldwide. Though never fully aware of it herself, Judith had become a famous outsider artist, and Joyce, who never forgot or gave up on her sister, had proven the power of love and family connection. From the studio where Judith created her sculptures to her group home in Berkeley, California; from the Ohio institution where she spent most of her life to the museums and galleries where her works are exhibited, OUTSIDER takes us on an intimate journey into the life of this eccentric, but talented and compelling individual who flourished in the face of daunting odds.

IF YOU MISSED THIS FILM SCREENING, IT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR CHECKOUT AT THE NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE MOLSTEAD LIBRARY.

26 min., Not Rated

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Oct. 26th
Noon - 1:30
Driftwood Bay, SUB
Autism in Love Autism In Love filmAutism in Love follows the story of four adults with an autism spectrum disorder as they search for and manage romantic relationships.  These brave individuals round up the ensemble cast of Autism in Love as they take audiences on a journey that urges them to question and reevaluate their own ideals of what it means to love and be loved.


IF YOU MISSED THIS FILM SCREENING, IT IS NOW AVAIALBLE FOR CHECKOUT AT THE NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE MOLSTEAD LIBRARY.

1 hr. 15 min., Not Rated Some brief profanity, Adult Themes

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Nov. 9th
Noon - 1:30
Driftwood Bay, SUB
White Balance  White BalanceTwelve-year old Itaman has a deep passion for ice skating.  However, he is slowly losing his hearing, which forces him away from his singular passion.  Itamar refused to accept his doctor’s orders and his parents’ wish that he stay away from the ice rink.  Enter Natalie, his new partner, who is a wild and disobedient girl.  Together they struggle and grow within a complicated world of adolescence.  

45 min., Not Rated

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  The Interviewer The InterviewerThomas Howell is a lawyer looking for more in life – the chance to make a difference in the world.  When he snags the opportunity of a lifetime; an interview at a prestigious law firm for his ‘dream job’ working in the pro-bono department.  He realizes that his chance to make a difference is closer and more unexpected than he could ever have imagined.

13 min., Not Rated

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Dec. 7th
Noon - 1:30
Driftwood Bay, SUB 
Endless Abilities  Abilities filmIn the spring of 2012, four best friends drove across the country in search of adaptive sports for individuals with physical disabilities, and lived to tell the story in a feature documentary film.
From rehabilitation patients to Paralympic athletes, our cameras captured the reality of broken boundaries and common goals among all who are active. We went rock climbing with the blind, played soccer with quadriplegics, and swam with those with muscular dystrophy, to name a few. Through our journey, we learned that sports really are the great equalizer, unifying people of all abilities on a level playing field. Co-Directed by Tripp Clemens and Harvey Burrell staring Zack Bastian. 

1 hr. 15 min, Not Rated

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Jan. 18th,
Noon - 1:30
Driftwood Bay, SUB 
Anita AnitaAnita is the story of a young woman with Down syndrome (Alejandra Manzo) who lives a happy, routine life in Buenos Aires, being meticulously cared for by her mother Dora (Academy Award nominee Norma Aleandro). One tragic morning in 1994, everything changes when Anita is left alone, confused and helpless after the nearby Argentine Israelite Mutual Association is bombed (the deadliest bombing in Argentina's history). As Anita wanders through the city, she learns not only to care for herself, but touches the lives of those around her, from an alcoholic to a family of Asian immigrants. Anita is the latest from renowned filmmaker Marcos Carnevale, director of "Elsa & Fred".  (Spanish with English Captions)

1 hr. 44 min., Not Rated, Argentina

Some profanity (Spanish with English captions) 

Feb. 15th
Noon - 1:30
Driftwood Bay, SUB 
Imber's Left Hand  Imber's Left HandA documentary of this artist's courageous and sometimes darkly humorous response to a death sentence, a diagnosis of ALS, (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease). The film traces his life, his career, and his adaptations, switching from painting from his right hand to his left, and then to both hands held at his waist as the degenerative condition progresses. Adversity only makes him more determined to paint, and paint he does: more than 100 portraits in a four-month span. We first encounter Imber in his studio for the first time painting with his left hand while he and his partner, painter Jill Hoy, analyze Jon's self-portrait and talk about the anxiety to come. The painting becomes an unsettling metaphor of his psychological journey living into his dying through his art.

1 hr. 20 min., Not Rated

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March 15th,
Noon - 1:30
Driftwood Bay, SUB

Just as I Remember  Just as I RememberWhen Andrew Moir was four years old his father was told he had two years left to live. His father had ALS, (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), a fatal and incurable illness. Years later and now a filmmaker, Andrew meets Brad. He has ALS and three young children, just like Andrew's dad when he was diagnosed. Narrated from the first person, JUST AS I REMEMBER confronts the heartbreaking decisions faced by two fathers living with ALS, exploring it from their children's perspectives.

18 min., Not Rated

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  A Life with Asperger's A Life with Asperger'sA Life with Asperger’s is a beautifully animated documentary that explores the challenges of growing up and living with Asperger’s Syndrome. It is a voice over narrative that demonstrates that Asperger’s is not simply “being a little awkward”, rather it is about adapting to one’s limitations in the face of anxiety and isolation.

4 min., Not Rated

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  Jazz Hand Jazz HandMary is at a dance audition when her surprising secret is comically revealed.  

3 min., Not Rated

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  10:4 10:4Blindness portrayed through the textures, colors, and sounds.  Can the sighted fully comprehend what it means to be blind?

5 min., Not Rated

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  Marina’s Ocean Marina's OceanA group of countryside students are preparing a special trip to the beach. Marina, a 15-year-old girl with Down Syndrome has a strong wish to visit the sea for the first time. Forbidden to travel with the other kids, Marina starts her own journey towards the Atlantic Ocean. (Spanish with English Captions)

16 min., Not Rated

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April 19th
Noon - 1:30
Driftwood Bay, SUB
The Case of the Three Sided Dream The Case of the Three Sided DreamBlind from infancy, and paralyzed by a stroke at adulthood, jazz legend Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s reality was underpinned by an understanding of the world around him, which was rooted primarily in sound.  Thought communicating sonically with his surroundings, Kirk developed a unique ability to see in music, as everyday items were re-imagined as instruments and each seemingly insignificant noise revealed its own rhythm and cadence.  It was in dreams that Kirk’s most brilliant visions, such as playing multiple horns at once, would often be granted.

1 hr. 28 min., Not Rated

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