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SHAMELESS: The ART of Disability

SHAMELESS: The ART of Disability

| 1 h 11 min

Art and activism are the starting point for a funny and intimate portrait of five surprising individuals with diverse disabilities. Packed with humour and raw energy, this film follows the gang of five from B.C. to Nova Scotia as they create and present their own images of their disabilities.

  • collaborating artist
    Persimmon Blackbridge
    Catherine Frazee
    Geoff McMurchy
    David Roche
  • director
    Bonnie Sherr Klein
  • writer
    Bonnie Sherr Klein
  • producer
    Tracey Friesen
  • editor
    Lara Mazur
  • cinematographer
    Kirk Tougas
  • composer
    Veda Hille
  • assistant director
    Teri Snelgrove
  • location sound recording
    Jeff Henschel
  • sound supervisor
    Gael MacLean
  • director consultant
    Anne Wheeler
  • clearances supervisor
    Paula Sawadsky
  • research
    Corinna Hagel
  • clearances
    Corinna Hagel
  • participant
    Mac Blades
    Marlena Blavin
    Michael Klein
    Patricia Seeley
    Corey Fischer
    Charlene Curtiss
    JoAnne Petroff
    Alexina Louie
    Brenda Zabolotny
    Carolyn Novog
    Shawn Robinson
    Melanie Panitch
    Penny Schincariol
    Sara Hillis
    Erica Johnson
    Naomi Klein
    Zoe Klein-Johnson
    Avi Lewis
    Seth Klein
  • additional cinematography
    Michael Chin
    Jim Aquila
  • additional sound
    John Haptas
    Jason Milligan
  • interim editor
    Bonni Devlin
    Cathrine Fuller
    Jeanne Slater
  • assistant editor
    Johanna Mazur
    Kye Meechan
  • title animation
    Hilary Moses
  • production assistant
    Beth Gleason
    AJ Murray
    Ben Silberman
    Elinor Warkentin
  • transcription
    Pamela Pellegrini
  • stills photographer
    Rosamond Norbury
  • graphic imaging
    Jon Anastasiades
  • post-production services
    Rainmaker Digital Pictures
  • online editor
    Flavio Bidese
    Gerry Gonsalves
  • colourist
    Lionel Barton
  • musician
    Ak Coope
    Veda Hille
    Peggy Lee
    Barry Mirochnick
  • sound editor
    Mark Hensley
  • music editor
    Gael MacLean
  • re-recording mixer
    Mark Hensley
    Don Mann
  • sound mixing facility
    Post Modern Sound
  • production coordinator
    Christine Sears
  • technical coordinator
    Wes Machnikowski
  • production supervisor
    Kathryn Lynch
  • marketing manager
    Kay Leung
  • program administrator
    Bruce Hagerman
  • executive producer
    Rina Fraticelli


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Ages 12 to 17

Diversity - Identity

Have students examine how literature and the media represent the disabled and reflect society’s attitudes; explore classic archetypes, such as the Phantom, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Beauty and the Beast, and others. Discuss the reasons for these and whether society is changing. Suggest alternatives that would reflect a more open attitude. Media students can study the documentary’s influence on the audience, explaining the significance of the title and how the story is told.

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