#FILMDIS: Disability Creatives #ARISE Twitter Chat
Saturday, October 22, 2016
6 pm Pacific/ 9 pm Eastern
Tonight I will be hosting the #FilmDisÂ Twitter chat (created and usually hosted by @DominickEvans).
The discussion tonight is a lifting up and celebration of #disability #creativity. Come share what you are working on and/or what you want to work on.
Let us celebrate those films and programs and shows that include people with disabilities (and/or were made by people with disabilities) that we love. Let us show off the creators with disabilities. This is the time and place to brag and to share.
We’re told that there are no actors with disabilities, or writers, or filmmakers. Tonight, lets prove otherwise.
It is time for disability creatives to #ARISE (term taken in honor of Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY group and the sharing community of filmmakers and creatives of color).
How to Participate
Follow @DayAlMohamed on Twitter
When itâ€™s time, search #FilmDisÂ on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the â€˜Liveâ€™ tab to follow the full conversation.
If you might be overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chatâ€™s questions, check @DayAlMohamedâ€™s tweets. Each question will tweeted 4-5 minutes apart.
Use the hashtagÂ #FilmDis or the #AriseÂ when you tweet. If you canâ€™t join us on 10/22, feel free to tweet anytime before or after with the hashtag.
If you donâ€™t use Twitter, check out the live-stream:
Check out this explanation of how to participate in a chat by Ruti Regan: https://storify.com/RutiRegan/examplechat
Questions/Comments for the 10/22/16 Twitter Chat
Todayâ€™s #FilmDis chat is an opportunity to lift up and celebrate #disability #creatives. Feel free to contribute your thoughts and ideas.
Q1 Welcome to tonightâ€™s #FilmDis. Letâ€™s share! Why not start with a quick a introduction of yourself and your creative medium? #ARISE
The name weâ€™re using #ARISE is inspired by @AVATECâ€™s @ARRAY and the work that creative community does to lift up their own. #FilmDis
Q2There is nothing that says more about its creator than the work itself. â€“Kurosawa Â What does your work to say about you? #FilmDis #ARISE
For minority #creatives, including those pwd there is the question: what do we want our work say about us, vs. the perception #FilmDis #ARISE
Q3 Do you self identify when putting your creative work out into the world? Why? What would you advise others? #FilmDis #ARISE
Q4 Audiences don’t go to the movies to think, they go to the movies to feel. â€“Hark How do we ensure our audience â€œfeelsâ€ disability? #FilmDis #ARISE
Community support can encourage media that reflects our reality. That includes #disability media and creators with disabilities #FilmDis #ARISE
Q5 #FilmDis tonight and #ARISE is about YOU the creative with a #disability. Tell us a bit about what you are working on. Let us cheer you on.
#FilmDis #ARISE is sharing some amazing work being done by creatives with disabilities: writers, filmmakers, bloggers. Check it out! #WeExist
Q6 Sharing is the best way to celebrate and lift up disability creatives. Give us some recommendations! #FilmDis #ARISE
I know, I’m terrible about updating. It’s on my list for New Year Resolutions. Here’s hoping it sticks. 😉 In the mean time, below is just a collection of my random tweets, thoughts, excitement, and aftermath of speaking at New York Comic Con!
October 6 – On the road to New York Comic Con with my pass and a favorite action figure. Extra points if you can name both her identities. 😉
One of the things I began doing when I speak at conferences and conventions about disability and comics and publishing and media was start taking pictures. Why? Because I’d hear murmurs every so often of “Why do we need a “disability” panel?” or “Who would bother to go to that?” If the audience was willing, I’d snap a quick pic and post it. Over the years, this has added up: Balticon, AwesomeCon, NYCC…and I anticipate it continuing. At least until I quit hearing the BS that people don’t want to hear about disability.
October 7 – For those wondering about the interest in #disability and #media at #NYCC let me show you THIS amazing audience. #DisabilityRepresent
October 7 – This is us speaking on the panel: Where Are All The Wheelchairs?
Why are disabled roles so often played by non-disabled actors? Are certain disabilities not welcome in media? What can be done to give viewers a more accurate portrayal of people with disabilities? Join us as we answer these questions and more in an attempt to understand why the world’s largest minority is the media’s least represented.
It’s a pretty awesome group: Jillian Mercado, model and activist; Maysoon Zayid, actress and comedian; Dominick Evans, filmmaker and activist (via Skype); Steve Way, stand-up comedian and motivational speaker; and me. 🙂 (And in case you’re wondering I was the “author and disability advocate.” PS, I’m on the far left of this pic.
Afterwards, we continued the discussion in a nearby bar. 😉 That IS what you do at a Con, right? But one of the coolest things to come out of this panel, other than an awesome audience who had some great questions, was that it was written up in BuzzFeed! It’s kind of a rush to see your panel listed as “…one of the most throught-provoking panels at NYCC…”
October 12 – BuzzFeed article: People With Disabilities Say What They Want To See In Comics
Will Varner knocked it out of the park. Rather than just summarizing the panel or making assumptions BuzzFeed simply asked people with disabilities, “What do you want to see in comics?” And there were plenty of people with disabilities willing to tell them. Now if industry would be just as willing to listen.
PS BuzzFeed also took what is probably one of my favorite photos me. I never like how I look in pictures.
I never remember to post about things I’ve done. In September, I had the opportunity to talk to some amazing entrepreneurs with disabilities in the Washington DC area. The topic of discussion was for me and a panel of other folks to talk about how to “Fund Your Startup Idea Through Crowdsourcing”.
It included answering questions like “What is crowdfunding and how can build the skills to be successful?” and “How does crowdfunding relate to the disability commnity?” and basically sharing the story of my crowdfunding journey.
It was hosted by 2Gether-International.org is a global network of young disabled advocates, tackling a verity of issues from education and employment to police violence and sexuality. To learn more, visit http://2Gether-International.org/