How Do You Make Movies About Invisible People?

The best films put us into the shoes of their protagonists and leave our perspectives forever changed. But how do you create empathy with characters that society doesn’t even see? According to Isaac Zablocki, co-founder of the ReelAbiltiies Film Festival, people with disabilities are the largest minority in the United States, but are by far the least well represented both behind the camera and on-screen. ReelAbilities attempts to help rectify this by presenting work films by and about differently-abled people. On this episode, Zablocki joins No Film School Editor-in-Chief Liz Nord with two of the festival's filmmakers, Daisy Wright (‘Enter the Faun’) and Maximon Monihan (‘Voice of the Voiceless’), to discuss what any filmmaker can learn about being inclusive in their work. We have a fascinating chat about avoiding tokenism, broadening our storyworlds, and making both films and screenings accessible to the widest possible audiences.

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