Gold Pictures came up with a new project, CinemAbility, a documentary that looks at how disabilities are portrayed in film and on TV. Jenni Gold directed this documentary, and Jeff Maynard produced this project.
Gold hopes to draw the disability community together by showing this film during its promotion tour starting this summer in many different cities like Boston, Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, and San Antonio, and New York City. The tour is called Campaign for Inclusion, Gold said. “CinemAbility is the first film that is interesting to people of all disabilities because of its uniqueness and opportunities to bring various communities together forone common goal,” Gold said.
CinemAbility consists of historical clips and commentary from notable filmmakers, industry executives, film historians and celebrities. This documentary has a goal to understand the powerful impact of the media on society – and specifically as it relates to the role of media in supporting an enlightened understanding of disability, and a movement towards societal inclusiveness.
Most recently, Todd Soundelux will provide its creative post production sound and music services Soundelux will contribute the services of Supervising Sound Editor Andrew DeCristofaro; Modern Music will provide the services of Music Editor Sally Boldt; and Todd-AO will contribute the services of Academy Award-winning Re-recording Mixer Michael Minkler and Emmy Award-winning Re-recording Mixer Onnalee Blank.
“CinemAbility is a powerful reminder of the finest tradition of documentary filmmaking – the notion of enlightening the audience in a compelling and entertaining manner, while also challenging society to hold itself to a higher standard of social justice, equality and inclusion,” said David F. Alfonso, the owner of Todd Soundelux and Executive Producer of the project. “Jenni and Jeff are talented filmmakers, who have embarked on an important journey to further our collective understanding of how the mass media helps shape our perceptions of, and attitudes towards, notions of disability.
Gale Anne Hurd added: “I admire Jenni’s talent and singular vision in making this important film. CinemAbility shines a bright light on the power of filmmakers to interpret social contexts and shape the perceptions of a global audience. Her film contributes to an important dialogue regarding the portrayals of people with disabilities in film and television, and how these portrayals influence us all. The level of awareness expressed by the influential creative voices featured in the film is truly gratifying.”
CINEMABILITY includes interviews with an extensive list of notable personalities, including Ben Affleck; Jamie Foxx; Marlee Matlin; Helen Hunt; William H. Macy; Geena Davis; Gary Sinise; Jane Seymour; Taylor Hackford; Beau Bridges; Garry Marshall; Robert David Hall; Michael Apted; Gale Anne Hurd; Ken Howard; Geri Jewell; Danny Woodburn; Peter Bogdanovich; Peter Farrelly; and Tom Sherak.
“I am very grateful for the strong support of our project by the teams at Todd-AO, Soundelux and Modern Music,” said Jenni Gold, the film’s director. “Andrew DeCristofaro, Mike Minkler, Onnalee Blank and Sally Boldt are truly my ‘dream team’ and CINEMABILITY could not be in better hands. It has been incredibly satisfying to experience the validation of the warm embrace offered to us, our film and our mission by this group of passionate, talented and socially engaged community of artists.”
CinemAbility is will premiere on July 26, 2013 – coinciding with the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990.
To learn more about this project, please visit www.cinemability.com or follow CINEMABILITY on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CinemAbility).