Up to 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. have some type of disability–and yet people with disabilities are among the least represented in film. Is this a problem? Yes. But, it’s also an opportunity: you can craft a more complex narrative and reach a wider audience with disability inclusion and accessibility baked into your production from pre pro to distribution.
Join the creators of All You Hear Is Noise to gain insight and practical approaches to building an inclusive production team and ensuring your film is accessible to all audiences.
The conversation will be moderated by renowned activist, and Disability film authority, Lawrence Carter-Long (DisArt), with contributions from Ned Castle and Matt Day (co-directors, All You Hear Is Noise), Chris Wines and Trent Hampton (main subjects, All You Hear Is Noise), and Michele Spitz (audio description producer Woman of Her Word).
Matt Day is a director and producer living in Los Angeles. His last short documentary, Shape of Things To Come, was a Vimeo Staff Pick, and went on to win the Special Jury Prize at Napa Valley Film Festival, and Grand Jury Prize at VTIFF. He has produced multiple award winning music videos for the likes of War on Drugs, Chainsmokers, Blink 182 and Noah Cyruss. Matt was a producer on the award winning feature film “Snowy Bing Bongs” featuring Sunita Mani, and directed Season 5 of #Millennials for Audience Network.
Ned Castle is a cultural researcher and director with a background in ethnographic filmmaking. Ned works with media in cultural research, educational, and commercial contexts that emphasize collaboration and a deep engagement with the ethics of representation. His approach is influenced by more than a decade working as a researcher and media producer at the Vermont Folklife Center.
Michele Spitz of Woman of Her Word is a seasoned 10-year media accessibility producer, consultant, public speaker, educator and philanthropist most passionate about advocating for media accessibility and disability awareness, selectively funding audio description post production grants. She produces, narrates, consults and project manages audio description assets for film, broadcast, digital media, film festivals, museums, educational content, corporate and fundraising media. Michele has personally funded 80% of the 100+ hand selected media projects with which she has chosen to be aligned. She works very closely in advising each client to ensure that their projects are accessible to low vision and blind audiences throughout the entire exhibition and distribution shelf life. Michele has guest lectured for NYU Tisch Film School, Emerson College Department of Visual and Media Arts, Montclair University Media & Disability Department and teaches Respectability’s annual Audio Description Summer Lab. She has presented at DOC NYC, IDA, NY Film Festival, Sundance, Film Independent, NYWIFT, WIF LA, ReelAbilities and several others. She was the catalyst having provided her professional consult directly to the Motion Picture Academy that resulted in the 1st ever Audio Described Broadcast of the 93rd Academy Awards. Highlights of Michele’s multimedia portfolio include films such as Amy Poehler’s Lucy & Desi Documentary, Frank Marshall’s, Dan Rather and Bee Gees Documentary: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, The Great 14th: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama in His Own Words, Pavarotti, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, Baldy for the Blind, OKAY The ASD Band, Lebron James’ All You Hear is Noise and the annual Media Access Awards.