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#FILMDIS Twitter Chat: #Disability Creatives #ARISE


#FILMDIS: Disability Creatives #ARISE Twitter Chat

Saturday, October 22, 2016

6 pm Pacific/ 9 pm Eastern

Tonight I will be hosting the #FilmDis 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 it’s time, search #FilmDis on Twitter for the series of live tweets under the ‘Live’ tab to follow the full conversation.

If you might be overwhelmed by the volume of tweets and only want to see the chat’s questions, check @DayAlMohamed’s tweets. Each question will tweeted 4-5 minutes apart.

Use the hashtag #FilmDis or the #Arise when you tweet. If you can’t join us on 10/22, feel free to tweet anytime before or after with the hashtag.

If you don’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

Today’s #FilmDis chat is an opportunity to lift up and celebrate #disability #creatives. Feel free to contribute your thoughts and ideas.

Q1 Welcome to tonight’s #FilmDis. Let’s share! Why not start with a quick a introduction of yourself and your creative medium? #ARISE

The name we’re using #ARISE is inspired by @AVATEC’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. –Kurosawa  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. –Hark How do we ensure our audience “feels” 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



Documentary Research (Invalid Corps) – #CivilWar Soldier CDVs

I’m working on a documentary short about people with ‪#‎disabilities‬ in the ‪#‎CivilWar‬. What caught my attention was coming across a couple of images from auction sites.

The first is titled: Civil War Soldier CDV Dwarf Rare Photo Rifle Armed Pic

CW Dwarf

The note on the auction website says: “Very unusual oversized cabinet CDV of a dwarf with a long beard, dressed in uniform with kepi and holding a gun. The picture was taken by Griffin & Watkins, which operated in Princeton, Kentucky during the latter part of the 19th century. Back of the card reads ”Portraits in Oil, Pastille & Crayon Old Pictures Copied and Enlarged.” Image very sharp. Card in superb condition. Measures 4” x 6”. Very interesting image.”

The second is titled:  Civil war unidentified midget dwarf union soldier officer cdv photograph

CW Dwarf 2

I wonder if anyone has any additional information on either of these individuals?


Press Release from the Baltimore Science Fiction Society.  I have to admit, I’m very excited about this roundtable and hope it will really help move the idea of increased diversity (and diverse writers) in fantasy and science fiction.

Hey folks, are there any particular questions you’d especially like to see addressed?



Contact Social Media Coordinator Alexander Mathew Harris, AHarris@Bsfs.Org


Baltimore City, Maryland – July 29, 2014

On Saturday, August 23rd at 8PM, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society
(BSFS), located at 3310 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, will
host a free, public roundtable on “Diversity in Genre.” Authors P. Djeli
Clark, A.T. Greenblatt, Jason Harris, and Sherin Nicole will participate in
the discussion lead by Day Al-Mohamed and Sarah Pinsker.

In the tradition of previous BSFS roundtables, such as the “State of Short
Fiction” roundtable this past March, “Diversity in Genre” will be an open
dialogue which will go in-depth on race, gender, disability, sexuality,
nationality, and class in science fiction and fantasy fiction. In a year
where Thor is a woman, Captain America is black, and an all-women
Kickstarter anthology called Women Destroy Science Fiction raised over one
thousand percent of its goal, what is left to do? Who are the new voices
people should be reading? This will be a great panel for readers and
writers alike.

Please RSVP and share the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/

Attendees are also welcome to participate in the BSFS book club before the
roundtable at 6:30PM, where we will discuss the Nebula and Locus Award
winning new classic, “Ancillary Justice,” by Ann Leckie.

P. Djeli Clark resides in Washington DC. His stories have appeared in Daily
Science Fiction, Every Day Fiction, and in the anthologies Griots,
Griots: Sisters of the Spear and Steamfunk. He also blogs at the
Disgruntled Haradrim.

A.T. Greenblatt is a mechanical engineer living in Pennsylvania. Her
stories have appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Buzzy Mag, and other

Jason Harris is a Baltimore based writer, editor and publisher.
Newfuturism.com, LLC is Jason’s vehicle for media based projects, the first
of which is “Redlines: Baltimore 2028.” Jason is currently working on a
novel entitled “Fly, Girl”.

Sherin Nicole is Art Director at Prime Books, an author at Entangled
Publishing, Creative Director / Marketing at idobi Network, and author at
Harlequin / Carina Press.

Day Al-Mohamed is co-author of “Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn,” written
with Danielle Ackley-McPhail. Her recent publications are available in
“Daily Science Fiction,” and GrayHaven Comics’ anti-bullying issue “You Are
Not Alone.”

Sarah Pinsker is the author of the novelette “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss
Behind,” 2014 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award winner and 2013 Nebula Award
finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov’s,
Strange Horizons, and Fantasy & Science Fiction as well as several

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society is a 501(c)(3) literary organization
focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and related genres. BSFS holds many
regular events such as book clubs, critique circles, film nights, and also
produces Balticon, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention. For
more information, please visit www.bsfs.org, or www.facebook.com/groups/
BaltimoreSciFi, or follow us on Twitter @BaltimoreSciFi.