Disability Justice Documentary to Screen at Historic Castro Theatre Sept 29
Filmmaker Q&A, Accessibility Roundtable to be Showcased
Sept. 26, 2022–-A new documentary capturing the rare story of a quadriplegic woman, “Dani’s Twins,” is set to hit the big screen at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre on Thurs, Sept 29, 7 pm. A filmmaker Q&A and disability roundtable discussion round out the evening’s offerings, sponsored in part by Agile Physical Therapy.
The award-winning film follows the pregnancy and early parenting journey of Dani Izzie, one of the few quadriplegics ever to give birth to twins. Pregnancy complications prove dangerous, and when the pandemic strikes, it raises the stakes. Dani’s story ultimately depicts her unwavering determination against all odds to deliver healthy babies and be a great mother–and to redefine the disability narrative.
The film has already garnered multiple honors, including the DC Shorts Film Festival “Audience Award,” Pittsburgh ReelAbilities “Audience Award,” and the Toronto International Women Film Festival’s “Best Film about a Woman.”
The evening at the Castro will be capped with a roundtable discussion offering a fresh look at how accessibility and inclusion are evolving in a changing world and the steps needed to look beyond inclusion to ensure equity. Featuring Jennison Asuncion, panel moderator and Head of Accessibility Engineering Evangelism, LinkedIn, the roundtable includes Brian Kemler, Product Manager, Meta, Lawrence Carter-Long, Director of Discourse at DisArt, Alex Wegman, Writer and Full Time Homeschooling Parent, Andy Arias, Producer, National Disability & Diversity Subject Matter Expert, and Dani Izzie, Filmmaker and Disability-led Digital Marketer.
“We’re really looking forward to bringing our film to San Francisco audiences,” says Dani Izzie, star and producer of the documentary. “We’re excited to expand the reach of our messages and explore the future of accessibility in a more disability-aware society.”
Doors open for the event at 6 pm. Tickets are on sale now:
The film is currently making its LA premiere with a one-week Oscar-qualifying run at the Lumiere Cinema in Beverly Hills, CA (https://bit.ly/3BYGVY5). The film will take part at the Washington West Film Festival (greater DC area) on Oct. 15
(https://washwest2022.eventive.org/schedule/6316737c351f91003e042e70) and the Ojai Film Festival on Nov. 6 (https://ojaifilmfestival.com/danis-twins/).
Since its world premiere at Mountainfilm Festival in Telluride, CO, Dani’s Twins has also screened at Atlanta DocuFest, Venice Shorts, San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, and Iowa Independent Film Festival. The film was also an official selection and semi-finalist at Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, Montreal Independent Film Festival, Rotterdam Independent Film Festival, and New York International Women Festival.
Dani’s Twins was directed by Brad Allgood, known for his feature documentary “Landfill Harmonic,” which garnered over 40 festival wins in 250+ festivals and was acquired by HBO, and Steve Dorst, whose film “Shattered Sky” told the story of how America led the world to solve the biggest environmental crisis ever seen (the ozone crisis) and played on PBS.
Dani’s Twins was made possible in part by generous contributions from Magnetic Me, a clothing line for babies and moms, and Friendsheep, a fair trade producer of eco-friendly wool dryer balls. Agile Physical Therapy, a private clinic specializing in comprehensive evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, is sponsoring in part the Castro event.
DANI’S TWINS is the premiere release of PERPETUO FILMS, a studio that produces entertaining content for people who give a damn. Our active slate of programming includes DANI’S TWINS; PATROL, the battle to preserve Nicaragua’s rainforest from illegal cattle ranching; and EAT BITTER, the first English-language documentary out of the Central African Republic, capturing the tensions between Chinese migrants and local workers during a civil war. In 2021, our films secured grants and partnered with the biggest global names in nonfiction storytelling: Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the Ford Foundation, the Sundance Institute, Mountainfilm, the European Union, Re:wild, Netflix Ambulante, DOC DEVELOPMENT AFRICA, Durban FilmMart, and others. Perpetuo Films aims to accelerate the web3 creator economy to amplify filmmaker autonomy, control, and ownership. PERPETUO FILMS: Story | Impact | #Film3.
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