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CINEMABILITY: The Art of Inclusion

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You know a documentary has done its job when you actually feel you have learned a new way of looking at a situation, idea or person. And that is precisely what happened as I settled in to watch CINEMABILITY: The Art of Inclusion.

 

CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion reveals a compelling and often amusing look at the history of disability portrayals in entertainment. From the early days of silent films to present-day Hollywood blockbusters, this historic film takes a detailed look at the evolution of “disability” in entertainment over the last 120 years by going behind the scenes to interview celebrities, filmmakers, and studio executives. With heart and humor, CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion utilizes clips from Hollywood’s most beloved motion pictures and television programs to shine a light on how the media impacts society and the monumental effect these portrayals have on inclusion.

In this riveting documentary filmmaker, Jenni Gold shows us a timeline of the way Hollywood has shaped the mindset of audiences in every generation. So much of our beliefs about race and culture has derived from images presented to us through television and film. I remember thinking all American Indians were angry painted war-hungry men killing women and children and gleefully holding up their scalps after burning their homes. While in all the early films African Americans, were maids, waiters or shoeshine men. And when it came to roles where the actors were disabled Hollywood always hired able-bodied actors for those roles.  As a movie lover, this documentary was a beautiful history lesson full of humor and knowledge and it made me eager to revisit some films that made a historical on the american public.

In CINEMABILITY: The Art of Inclusion Ms. Gold takes us through the evolution of change as directors and producers slowly begin to recognize the need for inclusion. It was not an easy road and but each small change pushed filmmakers and studios to keep expanding their boundaries. I would tell you in more detail about the scenes in this film that surprised me and shocked me but it would not do justice to this truly remarkable film.

Therefore if you are adding documentaries to your movie watch list then, CINEMABILITY: The Art of Inclusion has to be right at the top of your list.

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Releasing Everywhere on VOD October 5th for Nationality Disability Employment Awareness Month


Emmy Winner Jenni Gold is considered a triple threat in the world of entertainment. Her editing and screenwriting skills serve as a foundation for her directorial efforts which have received multiple awards and have placed her among the best in her field. As the only female wheelchair using Director Member of the Directors Guild of America, Jenni is the co-founder of Gold Pictures, Inc, a development and production company which was established in 2001.

In addition to directing the award-winning film CinemAbility, Jenni has become an expert on the power the media has in shaping perceptions and is an advocate for total inclusion. She serves on the advisory board of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and has produced a number of films and corporate web series, servicing such well-known clients as The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

Jenni recently co-produced the soon-to-be-released film Tiger starring Mickey Rourke and Janel Parrish, and she is in post on a horror/comedy film which she directed titled, Aaah Roach, starring Casper Van Dien, Grace Van Dien, Barry Bostwick, and Jason Mewes. Jenni has also co-written and is developing a number of narrative feature films including the suspense thriller Adrenaline and a family film, Lucky. Jenni was also interviewed along with many other high-powered female directors in the newly released documentary This Changes Everything about discrimination in Hollywood.

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