Today’s episode is about film festivals and I speak with Alex Locust and Karen Nakamura, two jury members for the Superfest Disability Film Festival, a festival organized by the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University. Alex and Karen talk about what it’s like to be on a jury, what it means to have a film festival that’s radically inclusive and centered on disabled audiences, and how festivals like Superfest are advancing disability representation.
Karen Nakamura is a cultural and visual anthropologist at the University of California Berkeley. Her first book was titled Deaf in Japan: Signing and the Politics of Identity (2006). Her next project resulted in two ethnographic films and a monograph titled, A Disability of the Soul: An Ethnography of Schizophrenia and Mental Illness in Contemporary Japan (2014). She is currently working on the intersections of transsexuality and disability politics in postwar Japan while heading the UC Berkeley Disability Lab where she is also working on the intersections of artificial intelligence, technology, and disability.
Alex Locust (he/him/his) is a proud, multiracial “glamputee” spreading the word about disability justice, one workshop at a time. Whether on the runway or in a counseling session, Alex aspires to emulate the tenacity of the trailblazers before him and fiercely advocates for equity in all community spaces.
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Cheryl Green, Audio Producer
Alice Wong, Writer, Audio Producer, Host
Cheryl Green, Text Transcript
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Song: “Dance Off”
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp