CDT NEWS AND INFORMATION
The 2010 Superfest International Disability Film Festival is scheduled to take place on June 4 & 5 at the Gaia Arts Center in Berkeley, California. The screenings are scheduled to take place from 11-5 p.m. on Friday, June 4, and from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, June 5. The reception and award ceremony will take place following the screening on June 5 from 6-9 p.m. We hope to see you there! Please click here to view the list of award-winners and festival details.
ACCESS UPDATE: All 13 films featured in the June 4-5 Superfest International Disability Film Festival in Berkeley will be ASL interpreted and all but 2 are captioned; check screening schedule below. The film introductions, discussions, and reception and awards ceremony will also be ASL interpreted. All films will be audio described. Braille and large print screening schedules will be available at the event. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing perfume or other scented products.
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ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER TINA MARIE TYLER TO HOST THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY SUPERFEST INTERNATIONAL DISABILITY FILM FESTIVAL
13 films to be honored during two-day festival and award ceremony, June 4 & 5
BERKELEY, CA – May 27, 2010. Veteran journalist and disability advocate Tina Marie Tyler has been tapped to emcee the 30th Anniversary Superfest International Disability Film Festival, June 4th and June 5th at the Gaia Arts Center in Berkeley, CA. The festival, presented by Culture!Disability!Talent!, will honor filmmakers from around the world whose work represents the rich diversity of the global disability community.
“This is an exciting year for us,” noted Liane Yasumoto, Director, Superfest. “The incredibly powerful content of films from China, Poland, and beyond truly encapsulates what this film festival is about. Each film allows the audience access to a unique, often misunderstood culture. We welcome Tina Marie Tyler’s participation as a passionate supporter of our community and emerging filmmaker.”
“Film is a powerful medium and these stories are a testament to the resilience of persons with a disability. The audience is taken into a world that exists in the shadows of society to connect with the human spirit that lives in us all. As a person with a disability, I am honored to elevate awareness and support for these films and disability issues. The event is truly an opportunity for dialog and greater understanding”, stated Tyler.
Public Screening Schedule and Reception/Awards Event Public screenings of the award-winning films will take place on Friday, June 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, June 5, 12-5 p.m., at the Gaia Arts Center, 2120 Allston (one block from the downtown Berkeley BART station) in Berkeley, California. Tickets are $5-$20/day sliding scale and will be sold only at the door. Please refrain from wearing perfume and other scented products. A "Meet the Makers" reception will take place on Saturday, June 5, 6-7 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony with live entertainment from 7-9 p.m. The reception and awards ceremony are free and open to the public. page 2 of 2
Access Accommodations Available The venue is wheelchair accessible. Braille and large print screening schedules are available. All films will be audio described and most are captioned; check screening schedule. Film introductions and films will be ASL interpreted, as well as the reception and awards event.
ABOUT TINA MARIE TYLER Tina Marie Tyler is an acclaimed broadcast journalist, Managing Editor –Entertainment & Film for the prestigious Art and Living Magazine, founder of The Tyler Foundation for Disabilities, and passionate supporter of Autism and disability issues.
Her fifteen years as a journalist have included working for such organizations as ABC News (top 12 affiliate), Fox 11 LA, Fox Sports, PBS, and as a special entertainment correspondent for EXTRA!, the TV Guide Channel, and a number of International outlets.
Current activities include: Vice President of the board of directors of Kids With A Cause ( a celebrity kids helping kids in need organization), member of the board of directors of Easter Seals Disability Services of Southern California, creator of the Unity Ball© Awards Dinner (a charity gala where persons with disabilities are the stars and those in entertainment who are making positive contributions to disability awareness are honored), and a member of the California Senate Task Force on Autism And Related Disorders.
ABOUT SUPERFEST Superfest began in 1970 in Los Angeles as a small film showcase intended to encourage greater participation of people with disabilities in the entertainment industry. Over the years, Superfest has grown into an International media event that honors and celebrates the unique contributions of the growing disability arts and culture movement. Organized by Culture!Disability!Talent! (CDT), a non-profit comprised of disability culture artists and allies, Superfest International Disability Film Festival promotes artistic excellence and innovation from seasoned and emerging filmmakers. www.culturedisabilitytalent.org
Superfest 2010 is made possible in part by the generosity of: AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah, the California Arts Council, Gabriel Ledger, M.D., the National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA, and the True North Foundation. CDT is also currently funded by the City of Berkeley Civic Arts Program.
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