Today’s episode is about film criticism with two disabled film critics, Kristen Lopez and Angelo Muredda. Kristen and Angelo discuss how they became film critics, the challenges of being a disabled film critic, and why film criticism is so slow to change when it comes to inclusion of disabled people in the profession. They also discuss problematic disabled narratives and accessibility at film festivals and movie theaters.
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Lopez, Kristen. (March 28, 2018). Disability theater access in 2018. RogerEbert.com
Lopez, Kristen. (June 30, 2018). Disabled critics need to be included in the film critic diversity campaign. Culturess.com
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Lopez, Kristen. (July 6, 2018). Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ and Hollywood’s Misunderstanding of Disability. The Daily Beast.
Lopez, Kristen, (July 13, 2018). ‘Skyscraper’ is a Surprising Mark of Improvement for Disabled Representation on the Big Screen. SlashFilm.com
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Kristen Lopez is a freelance film critic and pop culture essayists whose work has appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, The Daily Beast and Roger Ebert.com. She writes on disabled representation, feminism and classic film. In her free time she hosts two podcasts, Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business.
Angelo Muredda is a Toronto-based film critic and educator whose work has appeared in Cinema Scope, The Walrus, Now Magazine, TVO, and Film Freak Central. He is also a PhD candidate in English at the University of Toronto, where he works on representations of disabled children in Canadian fiction and film, and has taught Canadian literature and writing. In his spare time he curates No Future, a film series at the Royal Cinema devoted to uncanny children in genre cinema, and co-hosts Highly Logical: A Star Trek Podcast.
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