Bodies of Light

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March 7th, 2015
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto
Panel Discussion: 3:30–5pm:
Film Screenings: 6-8pm

General Admission: $10
People with disabilities: $5
PSW: Free

Tickets available here.

In Celebration of International Women’s Day on March 7th, Tangled Art + Disability and the DisAbled Women’s Network Canada come together to host an evening of media works and discussion by women artists with disabilities. For one night only, Bodies of Light will feature rich and provocative work by artists whose identities reveal a wide range of stories and creative practices. This event invites us to participate in the celebration of diversity, creativity and identity through the lens of disabled artists from all over the world.


Catherine McKinnon, Director of the Deaf Arts and Film Festival
Patty Berne, Patty Berne, Co-founder of Sins Invalid, Director of Sins Invalid: An Unashamed Claim to Beauty
Bonnie Brayton, National Executive Director of DAWN-RAFH Canada
Laurence Parents, Mobile Media Lab
Rina Fraticelli, Exective Director of Tangled Art + Disability
With guest speaker: Pat Israel, one of the founding members of DAWN-RAFH Canada

A photograph of a still street, the front of a car is visible in the bottom right corner. The centre of the image is a side alley.

Resurrection by Clementine Morrigan, 3 min, Canada
Clementine Morrigan’s film Ressurrection is an exploration of trauma, addiction and recovery. It juxtaposes the intimate with the public by combining images of city streets and Morrigan’s own body. Her poetry guides is through her experience of being reborn. Clementine Morrigan (aka Violet Seawitch aka Jason Star) is a gender/queer femme sober-addict witch. They are a multidisciplinary writer and artist. Their work spans genres and mediums, including essays, poetry, creative non-fiction, zines, illustration, short film, self-portraiture and sculpture. They are also a facilitator and community organizer. Their first book, Rupture, was published in 2012. They produced a short film entitled Resurrection in 2013. They write a zine called seawitch and also work on other zine projects. More of their work can be found at

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know my place, 5 min, UK
Writer: Mandy Redvers-Rowe Director: Bren O’Callaghan Producer: Aster Films Distributor: DaDa Fest/BBC Big Screens I know my place takes a comic look at the hierarchy that sometimes exists along impairment lines between disabled people. Mandy Redvers-Rowe started working as a writer with ‘No Excuses Cabaret’ 1989-2010. The company of three Disabled Women wrote and performed their own work touring nationally performing at a range of venues and festivals including Edinburgh Fringe 1990 and 1993, Comedy Festival Riverside Studios 1994 and Belfast Festival 1995.

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Sins Invalid: An Unashamed Claim to Beauty (Documentary) by Patricia Berne, 32 min, USA
Watch trailer here. A short documentary film that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists. Since 2006, the performances of Sins Invalid have explored themes of sexuality, beauty, and the disabled body, impacting thousands through live performance. Sins Invalid is as an entryway into the absurdly taboo topic of sexuality and disability, manifesting a new paradigm of disability justice. Patty Berne is a Co-Founder of Sins Invalid and has served as Artistic Director since 2006. Berne’s background includes advocacy for immigrants who seek asylum due to war and torture; community organizing within the Haitian diaspora; international support work for the Guatemalan democratic movement; work with incarcerated youth toward alternatives to the criminal legal system; advocating for LGBTQI community and disability rights perspectives within the field of reproductive and genetic technologies; offering mental health support to survivors of violence; and cultural activism to centralize marginalized voices, particularly those of people with disabilities.

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This Isn’t Disneyland by Sisters of Invention, 3 min, Australia
Director/Producer: Katrina Lucas of Budaya Productions Music: Tutti Music Songwriters: The Sisters of Invention, Michael Ross and Pat Rix This isn’t Disneyland is an official music video for The Sisters of Invention’s debut single “This Isn’t Disneyland”. The Sisters of Invention are part of the Tutti Performing Arts program based in Brighton South Australia and are dedicated to developing and promoting their original songs.

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Cat Lady by Cheryl Green, 3 min, USA
A micro-short, impromptu exploration of taking pure delight in cats and cat figurines. The film quietly questions the stereotype that women who love cats are crazy. Cheryl Green integrates her degrees in performing arts and speech-language pathology to explore how story can be used to break down stigma and barriers. She makes films and media that combine personal narrative and self-advocacy to create dynamic, artistic tools for cross-disability justice.

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Still Echoes Resound by Janna Brown, 4 min, Canada
Janna Brown is an artist and storyteller who examines trauma, multiplicity, and mental health by way of an embodied arts practice. Formally, her training is rooted in a love for words (B.A., Mount Allison University) with a subsequent focus on visual arts (York University and Ontario College of Art and Design in Sculpture/Installation/Community Arts Practice) as well as an M.A. in Critical Disability Studies (York University). Janna has been schooled by the disability arts community in Toronto—learning to draw from lived experience, the gritty beauty of surviving, and all the unhinging moments that lead us to storytelling.

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Cripping the Landscape Series 1 – Quebec City by Laurence Parents, 13 min, Quebec
Producer: m.i.a media production A thirteen minute video that chronicles a five kilometer journey from Laval University to the Ste- Foy train station. Join filmmaker and disability activist Laurence Parent as she takes you on the trip of a lifetime. Feel the experience of the road from the point of view of her wheelchair.

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From the Inside/Out by Lorna Boschman, 25 mins, Vancouver
Producer: BC Association for Community Living From the Inside/OUT! is based on a unique and powerful art show created by 28 survivors of institutions who worked in collaboration with artist Persimmon Blackbridge. Through a rich tapestry of images and spoken memories, the video eloquently presents the case against institutionalization while providing a remarkable testament to courage, endurance, dignity and creativity.

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Mentally Fine by Lisa Bufano, 2 min, USA
The camera captured random observers of Lisa Bufano’s performance through the Alaska center, Main St., storefront window. This performance was in conjunction with the 8th St. Artists in Residency program in Boise, Idaho.

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Meticulous Abstract by Lisa Bufano, 2 min, USA
1640 single pictures, when viewed sequentially, create the illusion of life, gesture, and space. Comprised of two scenes, Meticulous Abstract is a discovery of the taxidermic equation that the more life-like the simulation, the more peculiar it is. Assembled using inanimate objects and a still digital camera.

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mukWA mANITou by Judith Schuyler, 5 min, Canada
Producer: Waawaate Fobister A performer struggles with anxiety prior to taking the stage.

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Everyday Monster by Onyinyechukwu Udegbe, 8mins, Canada
EVM s a contemporary short narrative on blackness, disability and sexuality. In homage to the rich history of indigenous african story telling traditions, EVM utilizes igbo folk sounds and songs to navigate the diasporic experience. It is an unapologetic exploration of desire, knowing, and watching. EVM is a rare and intimate invitation to witness one woman’s journey past fear into a celebration of the ordinary.

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TEACHER, EXPLORER by Ladan Sahraei, 5 mins, Iran
pays homage to the man responsible for founding and establishing the first deaf school in Iran.

Access Information:
This event is in a barrier-free location. There will be ASL interpreters and attendant care. We request that you help us to make this a scent-free environment. For any other accessibility arrangements or questions about accessibility, please contact Cara at [email protected] by February 26th, 2015. This is a sober space. There is a large underground UofT parking lot on the east side of St. George street across from Innis College (under the Innis Residence and Rotman School of Management) – It is a $10 flat rate on evenings and weekends, and has elevator access to the street.

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Why do YOU think we need more women and trans filmmakers with disabilities?
Details: Send us a video no later than Friday, February 27th of yourself or a friend explaining why you think we need more women and trans film makers with disabilities. All submissions will be posted on our Facebook page and we will choose some names from a hat to give away free tickets to our event Bodies of Light!
Please send your video or any questions to: [email protected]. Here is Cara and Eliza to explain how to participate in our draw!

DAWN-RAFH Canada’s (DisAbled Women’s Network Canada) mission is to end the poverty, isolation, discrimination and violence experienced by women with disabilities and Deaf women. DAWN-RAFH is an organization that works towards the advancement and inclusion of women and girls with disabilities and Deaf women in Canada. The overarching strategic theme is one of leadership, partnership and networking to engage all levels of government and the wider disability and women’s sectors and other stakeholders in addressing our key issues. Link to their website:

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