How to Survive a Storm (an ASL poem):
This poem reflects on the discrimination disabled people face. It was an official selection at the 2018 Imagine Disability Film Festival in Santa Cruz, California.
This activity was supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles. Any findings, opinions, or conclusions contained herein are not necessarily those of the California Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Arts and Disability Center.
Stim (open captioned):
Stim (open captioned and audio described):
Stim is a short film about stimming, the self-regulatory, repetitive actions that autistic people take. Stimming is often marked by educators and parents as odd, and attempts are made to extinguish it. This fresh perspective focuses on the perspective autistic people take on stimming–which is to revel in it as a source of joy, regulation, and involvement with the world.
This film won the PK Walker Innovation Award at the 2018 Superfest International Disability Film Festival, and was an official selection at the 2018 Santa Cruz Film Festival.
Rewriting Love fights back against the continued oppression and violence perpetrated against the LGBT+ community by showing the humanity of members of this marginalized community. Featuring the amazing true stories of families who have redefined themselves to include transgender, asexual, bisexual and other members of the LGBT+ community, this film is family-friendly. Through interviews with families and individuals, Rewriting Love will provide hope and concrete evidence that it is possible to redefine families to include LGBT+ members and to navigate the coming out process in a way that doesn’t fracture family bonds, but rather reinforces them. Rewriting Love was an official selection at the 2017 Monarch International Film Festival.
Rewriting Love can be viewed online for free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ-xCN50OC8
The production team of Rewriting Love is:
Marrok Sedgwick, Producer/Director
Reilly Skinner, Director of Photography/Editor
Jay Safakish, Production Coordinator & Social Media Specialist
This activity was supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Arts and Disability Center at the University of California Los Angeles.
Any findings, opinions, or conclusions contained herein are not necessarily those of the California Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The National Arts and Disability Center.
Conquering Madness, a new play by Marrok Sedgwick
Presented as a staged reading
Directed by Michael Lojkovic and Marrok Sedgwick
Starring Roxanne Cheysson, Richard Boynton, Chris Caffrey, Brian Benjamin Balistreri
Conquering Madness is a dark comedy about Ginny, a young woman who believes she turns into a wolf at night, and her team of mental health providers–who transcend time and space. Incorporating elements of dance, this magical realist play is based on a yearlong ethnographic/history research project delving into the lives of those who live with mental illness and their experience of the power dynamic in the patient-provider relationship.
Sponsored by: Denise DeBono, Jacqueline Sedgwick, Shirley Sedgwick, Richard Boynton
Special Thanks to: Hidden Valley Music Seminars, Carmel Youth Center for providing facilities and Rachel Abrams, Dr. Caroline Acker, Prof. Kirsten Brandt, Dr. Karen Faulk, Lyn Whiting for reading and commenting on earlier drafts of the play.