We are proud to be reviewed by the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Raphael Raphael, PhD in the journal Review of Disability Studies. His review will appear in the upcoming Vol. 14, Issue 1.
Here are some kind words from the review:
The film not only offers a bird’s eye view of the ways in which those with disability had been portrayed on the screen, it also offers unprecedented, intimate glimpses into the lives of contemporary actors with disabilities and their experiences in the industry. It also is enriched by insights from non-disabled actors (e.g., Johnny Knoxville) about their experiences working with actors with disabilities in film. The stories of their professional lives also benefit from the voices of the parents and mentors who have facilitated their training and careers. The film’s insights into the lives of actors with disabilities, largely in their own words, is without peer in any documentary of which this writer is aware.
Dr. Raphael, like many people who see the movie, was especially moved by the Freaks segment in the film.
The film’s unique structure, moving between historical overview and portrait of artists, allows it to offer some unusual and very compelling content. This includes an informal reception study conducted by the director. In this portion of the film, a group of people with disabilities are gathered together for a screening of Tod Browning’s 1932 film Freaks. Watching their real-time reactions to the film and hearing their responses offers a rare and valuable glimpse into the varied ways in which real audiences respond to film and talk back to the screen. This is particularly valuable as very little research has been done on spectators with disabilities.
We can’t think of a higher praise for the film and we hope that this encourages educators to use the documentary in classes.
The film is recommended for the casual viewer but suitable also as a supplemental text in an extended seminar on disability in film and media. Overall this unique and compelling film fills a major gap. It is essential viewing for those interested in representations of disability and helps contribute to our understanding of the contradictory and often surprising ways in which film and disability may intersect.
Diffability Hollywood is available for educational use. Contact Espocinema for licensing purposes
Good news everyone! Greetings from Tromaville! has been selected for the Mad Monster Film Festival February 16th-18th in Charlotte, North Carolina!!!
The film will also screen at Shock Stock in London, Ontario, Canada and HorrorHound Weekend Film Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio!!! We shot some scenes for the documentary at a previous Shock Stock.
The Buffalo Dreams Fantastic Film Festival screened both Diffability Hollywood and Greetings from Tromaville in early November! Filmmakers Adrian Esposito and Kristina Nomeika both received awards for their films, including “Filmmaker of the Year” for Adrian Esposito, “Filmmaker to Watch” for Kristina Nomeika, and “Best Documentary Feature” for Diffability Hollywood.
Espocinema is very grateful to the festival for their generosity!
Adrian Esposito had the opportunity to meet another film festival programer for possible future screenings of his two films Diffability Hollywood and Greetings from Tromaville.
By popular demand Espocinema is now offering Diffability Hollywood for home video. Visit our purchase page to order for $24.99 plus shipping.
Filmmaker Adrian Esposito was proud to present a short film he acted in with Self Advocates Steve Blum and Jessica Levesque called The Secret Origin of Mojoman at this year’s SANYS (Self Advocacy Association in New York State) conference in Albany, NY. Afterwards, Adrian, Steve and Jessica answered questions from anyone interested.
Later that day, Adrian Esposito presented his new film Diffability Hollywood to a warm reception. Troma and Hollywood actor and friend Bill Weeden was In attendance with his wife. Both traveled all the way from NYC to see the movie!